Animal Rug Designs with Animal Motifs

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The History of Animal Rug Design dates back to the Pazyryk rug of 500 BC

Animal Rugs - The great artisans that wove these antique carpets were masters at depicting small details that required great accuracy. The exotic animals were not always represented in nature but inspired by books and the imagination of the artists. For example, this Turkish Oushak rug features the mythical dragon and griffin entangled in a never-ending battle. This Tibetan rug also portrays the dragon motif, but in a more traditional Eastern Oriental format. Animals aren't always so ferocious though as is exemplified in the passivity of the birds and fish in this tranquil Amritsar rug from India.

Dragons, eagles, unicorns, geometric animals and hunting scenes are all found in antique rugs. From early American hooked rugs to Oriental rugs from China, these spectacular textiles feature iconic animals that are symbolic and naturalistic. Artists and weavers in the east and the west have never abandoned their connection with the natural world and storybook legends. These exceptional animal rugs incorporate art, mythology and beasts that are real and imagined. Faux tiger pelts are re-created in Buddhist rugs from Tibet, graceful birds and mythical animals are featured in Chinese rank badges, and serpents, predators and placid animals are pictured in the iconic hunting rugs and Tree of Life rug patterns carpets produced in Islamic countries.

In many cases, these animals symbolize supernatural powers, superstitions, legends and things that transcend their zoological form. Tribal weavers used abstract wolf's mouth symbols to ward off powerful predators. The regal peacock often symbolizes power, nobility and status. The majestic lion has spawned an entire subset of artistic Persian rugs. Despite the diversity in the types of animals depicted, the way they are drawn and the qualities they stand for, animal carpets are an important group of rugs that also represent the profound skill required to draw and execute these detail-rich pieces.

59 Rugs Found in Animal Motifs Rugs

Antique Spanish Carpet 3430

Antique Spanish Carpet 3430 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Spanish Rugs »
Style: Spanish Rugs

1 ft 6 in x 1 ft 11 in (0.46 m x 0.58 m)

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Vintage Colombian Embroidery 46453

Vintage Needlepoint Colombian Rug 46453 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Colombian Rugs »
Style: Textile Art

2 ft 1 in x 2 ft 3 in (0.63 m x 0.69 m)

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Antique Hooked American Rug 2559

Antique Hooked American Rug 2559 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: American Rugs »
Style: Hooked Rugs

1 ft 11 in x 3 ft (0.58 m x 0.91 m)

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Modern Turkish Rug 46067

Modern Underwater Rug 46067 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Turkish Rugs »
Style: New Rugs

2 ft 1 in x 3 ft (0.63 m x 0.91 m)

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Vintage French Tapestry Rug 46561

Vintage French Tapestry Rug 46561 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: French Rugs »
Style: Textile Art

6 ft x 3 ft 6 in (1.83 m x 1.07 m)

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Vintage Peruvian Textile 46456

Vintage Peruvian Textile 46456 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Peruvian Textiles »
Style: Textiles

3 ft 8 in x 4 ft 4 in (1.12 m x 1.32 m)

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Antique Persian Qashqai Rug 47676

Antique Persian Qashqai Rug 47676 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Qashqai Rugs

3 ft 5 in x 4 ft 8 in (1.04 m x 1.42 m)

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Vintage Swedish Rya Rug 48037

Vintage Swedish Rya Rug 48037 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Scandinavian Rugs »
Style: Swedish Rugs

3 ft 2 in x 4 ft 10 in (0.97 m x 1.47 m)

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Vintage Swedish Tapestry 48283

Vintage Swedish Tapestry 48283 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Scandinavian Rugs »
Style: Textiles

8 ft 3 in x 5 ft 10 in (2.51 m x 1.78 m)

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Antique Chinese Horse Cover 3219

Antique Chinese Oriental Carpet # 3219 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Chinese Rugs »
Style: Horse Covers

2 ft 10 in x 6 ft (0.86 m x 1.83 m)

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Antique Dragon Chinese Rug 47762

Antique Dragon Chinese Rug 47762 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Chinese Rugs »
Style: Chinese Rugs

3 ft 3 in x 6 ft 4 in (0.99 m x 1.93 m)

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17th Century Chinese Fu Dog Rug 48031

17th Century Chinese Fu Dog Rug 48031 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Chinese Rugs »
Style: Early Rugs

10 ft 5 in x 6 ft 5 in (3.17 m x 1.96 m)

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Antique Chinese Dragon Rug 48212

Antique Chinese Dragon Rug 48212 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Chinese Rugs »
Style: Chinese Rugs

4 ft 6 in x 6 ft 7 in (1.37 m x 2.01 m)

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Vintage Swedish Folk Art Tapestry 48251

Vintage Swedish Kilim Tapestry 48251 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Scandinavian Rugs »
Style: Textiles

4 ft 2 in x 6 ft 7 in (1.27 m x 2.01 m)

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Antique Chinese Rug #45153

Antique Chinese Rug #45153 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Chinese Rugs »
Style: Chinese Rugs

7 ft 1 in x 7 ft 3 in (2.16 m x 2.21 m)

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Antique Chinese Rug 46588

Antique Chinese Rug 46588 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Chinese Rugs »
Style: Chinese Rugs

4 ft 4 in x 7 ft 4 in (1.32 m x 2.24 m)

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Antique Khorassan Persian Rugs 3244

Antique Khorassan  Persian Rugs 3244 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Mashad Rugs

5 ft 5 in x 8 ft 8 in (1.65 m x 2.64 m)

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Antique Turkish Tuduc Rug 786

Antique Turkish Tuduc Oriental Rug 786 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Turkish Rugs »
Style: Tuduc Rugs

6 ft 6 in x 9 ft 2 in (1.98 m x 2.79 m)

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Antique Kerman Persian Rug 41805

Antique Kerman Persian Rug 41805 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Kerman Rugs

8 ft 8 in x 10 ft 4 in (2.64 m x 3.15 m)

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