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Oriental Rug Designs and Motifs

JessBy Jessica Allan
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Below I have listed a number of common motifs and designs found in Oriental rugs. This is by no means a list including all motifs, and designs will vary from rug to rug. 

Agra Border Motif
Agra Border

Amulet Motif
Amulet
Meaning: Thwarts evil eye

 

Oriental Rug Bird Motif
Bird
Meaning: Faith, Fertility

Oriental Rug Blossom Motif
Blossom
Meaning: Youth, Spring, Newlywed

 

Oriental Rug Boteh Motif
Boteh
Meaning: Flame, Universe

Oriental Rug Camel Motif
Camel
Meaning: Wealth and Prosperity

 

Oriental Rug Carnation Motif
Carnation

Oriental Rug Chicken Motif
Chicken, Rooster
Meaning: Protect from evil eye

 

Oriental Rug Chinese Script Motif
Chinese Script

Oriental Rug Clouds Motif
Clouds

 

Oriental Rug Comb Motif
Comb
Meaning: Cleanliness

Oriental Rug Crab Motif
Crab

 

Oriental Rug Cross Motif
Cross
Meaning: Faith

Oriental Rug Cypress Motif
Cypress
Meaning: Serenity, Rebirth

 

Oriental Rug Diamond Motif
Diamond
Meaning: Woman. Two diamonds may be a man and woman.

Oriental Rug Dog Motif
Dog
Meaning: Protection, Trust, Defense

 

Oriental Rug Dragon Motif
Dragon
Meaning: Power

Oriental Rug Eagle Motif
Eagle
Meaning: Power

 

Oriental Rug Jug Motif
Ewer, Jug
Meaning: Purification

Oriental Rug Herati Motif
Herati
Meaning: Water garden, fish mahi

 

Oriental Rug Hyacinth Motif
Hyacinth
Meaning: Regeneration

Oriental Rug Lamp Motif
Lamp
Meaning: Youth, Spring, Newlywed

 

Oriental Rug Leaf Motif
Leaf
Meaning: Endless Regeneration

Oriental Rug Lotus Motif
Lotus
Meaning: Rebirth, Immortality

 

Oriental Rug Man Motif
Man
Meaning: Weaver in the rug

Oriental Rug Mihrab Motif
Mihrab
Meaning: Gateway to Paradise

 

Oriental Rug Numbers Motif
Numbers
Meaning: Signify Dates and Times

Oriental Rug Octagon Motif
Octagon

 

Oriental Rug Paradise Bird Motif
Paradise Bird
Meaning: Paradise

Oriental Rug Palmette Motif
Palmette

 

Oriental Rug Peacock Motif
Peacock
Meaning: Immortality

Oriental Rug Pear Motif
Pear (Boteh)

 

Oriental Rug Peony Motif
Peony
Meaning: Power

Oriental Rug Rose Motif
Rose
Meaning:White: Innocence, Red:Passion/Mystery

 

Oriental Rug Snake Motif
Snake
Meaning: Guardian, Wisdom

Oriental Rug Star Motif
Star
Meaning: Good Luck, Spirituality

 

Oriental Rug Tarantula Motif
Tarantula

Oriental Rug Tulip Motif
Tulip
Meaning: Prosperity

 

Oriental Rug Tree of Life Motif
Tree of Life
Meaning: Direct Path from Earth to Heaven

Oriental Rug Tree Motif
Tree (Weeping Willow)

 

Oriental Rug Vase Motif
Vase of Flowers

Oriental Rug Wine Glass Border Motif
Wine Glass Border

 

 

 

 

 

 



Other Motifs:

Door Bolt, Duck, Swan, Endless Knot, Hand, Hourglass, Iris, Lily, Parrot, Phoenix, Pomegranate, Scorpion, Yin Yang

 

Sources:

(1) Bennett, Ian. Book of Oriental Carpets and Rugs. New York, The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1972. Print.

(2)  http://www.urbanrugs.com/persian-rugs-carpet-symbols.htm

(3) http://www.urijacobiorientalcarpets.co.uk/images/orientalrugsymbols2.jpg

(4)http://www.carpetsofkashmir.com/symbolism-in-oriental-carpets-rugs.htm


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