Traditional Persian rugs are an important and beautiful facet of Persian art and culture. Their
patterns often use recurring design elements that are rich with symbolism.
Understanding the meaning of the motifs and colors used in these rugs
can allow you to read the rug, which will enhance your appreciation of
the beauty it brings into your home.
Geometry and Patterns
Persian rugs are designed in geometric patterns that allow you to identify
the tribe that originally wove the rug. The artful symmetry of these patterns
can tell a story related to the rug’s place of origin. The patterns
found on Persian rugs can vary in two different places: the border around
the edges of the rug, and the main field of the rug. They can be comprised
of either curved or straight lines.
There are many
recurring symbols used in a Persian rug’s design. These symbols may be related to
nature, such as flowers, plants and animals. They can also be more abstract
designs representing more esoteric ideas, like spirituality and purification.
Some common examples are the tree of life, symbolizing the path from Earth
to Heaven, the dog, which symbolizes protection, and the peacock, a symbol
The use of color plays a deliberate and important role in the design of
a Persian rug. Colors may invoke a subconscious response that varies widely
from person to person, and these responses are often rooted in cultural
beliefs and ideas passed down from generation to generation. For instance,
in Persian rugs, the color green is used infrequently, as it represents
a holy color, related to the prophet Mohammed. If it is used on a rug,
you will find it on a part of the rug that is unlikely to be walked upon.
The color red is often used to symbolize beauty or courage, and gold represents
wealth and power.
East Bay Oriental Rug Cleaning provides appraisals of Persian and Oriental rugs. They also offer expert
rug cleaning and repair services to the Concord area. For more information,
call them today at (925) 231-0918