Persian Carpets, Oriental Rugs: Designs With Animal Motifs

When designing the Persian rugs and Oriental rugs, animals, birds and insects are often displayed. They can be highly stylized or extremely realistic as the wild animals on the hunt design a number of Persian carpets. Bat, bee, beetle, butterfly, crab, camels, deer, dog, bird, dragon, duck, lion, elephant, magpie, parrot, peacock, phoenix, rooster, scorpion, sparrow, squirrel, stork, tarantula, tiger and turtle the animals are most often found in the pattern of the Oriental or Persian rugs. As you would expect, most of these creatures have a symbolic value above and beyond their purely decorative presence and significance.

The scorpion and tarantula indicate cruelty and poison, and also represent the defense. They are often found in the borders of the Caucasian rugs as Kazak and Shirvan. Maybe teach their continued presence underfoot children to be fearless and therefore the likelihood that they are stung by an attempt to escape to perform a live example. The camel gives wealth and happiness. This is a logical symbol, because this animal is both a valuable means of transport for the desert nomads and a great source of food as well. The crab seems to have no symbolic meaning, although of course one of the major astrological signs. Three universal power symbols of the dragon, the elephant and the lion. The elephant is a symbol of royalty in India. The dragon is a symbol of evil in Persia and death in India, while it is a commanding power in China. The lion is an almost universal image for power, authority, and in some countries like India, royalty. Where fighting animals appear on Oriental and Persian rugs, is the eternal struggle between good and evil, perhaps intended to be underlined. Under Chinese symbols, the bat represents happiness, bees immortality, and the beetle indicates creation. The butterfly, often indicated on the border of the Chinese rugs, while proudly representing the crow is a sign of bad luck, both the Chinese and the Indians. The dove gives universal peace and companionship, and the duck is always a symbol of a loyal and happy marriage. The tortoise, perhaps because of its own inertia and extremely long life, naturally represents longevity and immortality as the deer.

The parrot represents the courier of life, while the rooster often symbolizes the devil and can be found on some carpets as a charm against evil. The magpie, although rarely shown on carpets, represents happiness and good luck. The squirrel is sacred to Hindus, means God’s protection. Symbols of flowers and fruits, such as palm and willow, can also be seen on carpets, often indicating deep religious significance and heavenly immortality by death.

The presence of animals and birds in the design of carpets is not only for decorative purposes, but also helps in determining their origin, but it takes a long time and many years of experience to the exact place of birth for locate hand-knotted carpets. A serious interest in Persian and Oriental rugs, no doubt, must have its own rewards as the student looks, examines, and reads about the same carpet as he can. The job is so much easier with technological advances that make all kinds of information so readily available.

Source by Hans Saghaei

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