Animal Rugs

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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.

Known for their quirky, exotic style, animal rugs can have a fabulous and unexpectedly elegant effect. Ranging from colonial hunter chic to modern couture, animal rugs come in plenty of traditional and adventurous styles. Zebra print animal rugs are beloved for their graphic black and white patterns, which can create a stunning effect in classical spaces or cutting-edge interiors. Giraffe prints, leopard spots, cow print rugs and the famous Tibetan tiger rugs make striking statement pieces. Of course, there are also pelt-shaped wool carpets and imaginative animal print variations, such as peacock feathers or textural abstract patterns that resemble snakeskin. Shag carpets are another suitable cruelty-free alternative to animal rugs for those craving the luscious texture of fur without the guilt. Whether shoppers are seeking the plush textures or graphic prints, animal rugs are a fabulous addition to any exotic interior.

Antique Animal Print Rugs: Ferocious Style

Bold, fun or modern, animal print rugs can do it all. Today's animal print rugs are highly evolved and even sophisticated. These sometimes kitschy pieces range from wildly trendy to elegant and historic. Put your preconceptions aside; these bold rugs are back and hotter than ever. The graphic patterns featured in animal print rugs are unexpectedly versatile and amazingly flattering. Place a faux zebra print rug in any setting to create a daring statement. These stark patterns work well with minimalist decor, safari-style environments and formal spaces alike.

Animal print rugs are available in an endless assortment of variations. Wool animal print rugs with simulated patterns, unusual colors and fun shapes are an exciting and often overlooked option for those who are ready to create a ferociously stylish space.

View our antique selection of rugs with animal designs:

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76 Rugs Found in Animal Motifs Rugs

Antique Kerman Persian Rug 3273

Antique Kerman Persian Rug 3273 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
On Sale

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Kerman Rugs

17 ft x 27 ft 6 in (5.18 m x 8.38 m)

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Vintage Chinese Art Deco Rug 44917

Vintage Chinese Art Deco Rug 44917 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: China Rugs »
Style: Chinese Rugs

18 ft x 26 ft 6 in (5.49 m x 8.08 m)

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Antique Khorassan Persian Rug 41935

Antique Khorassan Persian Rug 41935 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Khorassan Rugs

13 ft x 22 ft 2 in (3.96 m x 6.76 m)

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17th Century Esfahan Persian Rug 3338

Antique 17th Century Esfahan Persian Rug 3338 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Isfahan Rugs

7 ft 7 in x 20 ft 4 in (2.31 m x 6.2 m)

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Antique Tabriz Persian Carpet 43369

Antique Tabriz Persian Carpets # 43369 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Tabriz Rugs

12 ft x 19 ft 7 in (3.66 m x 5.97 m)

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Shabby Chic Antique Amritsar Indian Rug 42296

Antique Indian Rug 42296 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
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Origin: India Rugs »
Style: Amritsar Rugs

13 ft 3 in x 16 ft 5 in (4.04 m x 5 m)

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Antique Silk and Wool Agra Indian Rug 3450

Antique Silk and Wool Agra Indian Rug 3450 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: India Rugs »
Style: Agra Rugs

12 ft 5 in x 16 ft 5 in (3.78 m x 5 m)

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Antique Chinese Oriental Rug 43321

Antique Chinese Oriental Rugs # 43321 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: China Rugs »
Style: Chinese Rugs

14 ft 8 in x 15 ft 4 in (4.47 m x 4.67 m)

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Antique Ukrainian Rug 318

Antique Ukrainian Rug 318 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Ukrainian Rugs »


13 ft 8 in x 14 ft 9 in (4.17 m x 4.5 m)

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Antique Turkish Rug 44870

Antique Turkish Rug 44870 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
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Origin: Turkish Rugs »
Style: Ghiordes Rugs

10 ft x 14 ft 4 in (3.05 m x 4.37 m)

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Antique Amritsar Indian Rug 42169

Antique Amritsar Indian Rug 42169 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: India Rugs »
Style: Amritsar Rugs

10 ft 1 in x 12 ft 9 in (3.07 m x 3.89 m)

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Antique Agra Indian Rug 7992

Antique Agra Indian Rug 7992 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: India Rugs »
Style: Agra Rugs

6 ft 2 in x 12 ft 8 in (1.88 m x 3.86 m)

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Vintage Art Deco French Rug 42369

Vintage Deco French Rug 42369 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal
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Origin: French Rugs »
Style: Art Deco Rugs

9 ft x 12 ft 7 in (2.74 m x 3.84 m)

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Vintage Art Deco French Rug 1920

Vintage Deco French Rug 1920 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: French Rugs »
Style: Art Deco Rugs

10 ft x 12 ft 7 in (3.05 m x 3.84 m)

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Antique Chinese Dragon Carpet 48571

Antique Chinese Dragon Carpet 48571 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: China Rugs »
Style: Chinese Rugs

9 ft 4 in x 12 ft 1 in (2.84 m x 3.68 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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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 Khorassan Persian Rug 3244

Antique Khorassan  Persian Rugs 3244 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Persian Rugs »
Style: Khorassan Rugs

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

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Antique French Tapestry Rug 43923

Antique French Tapestry Rug 43923 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: French Rugs »
Style: Tapestries

3 ft x 7 ft 9 in (0.91 m x 2.36 m)

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Antique French Tapestry Rug 43921

Antique French Tapestry Rug 43921 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: French Rugs »
Style: Tapestries

12 ft 8 in x 7 ft 4 in (3.86 m x 2.24 m)

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Vintage Swedish Folk Art Tapestry 48251

Vintage Swedish Kilim Tapestry 48251 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: Scandinavia Rugs »
Style: Textile Art

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

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Antique Chinese Dragon Rug 48212

Antique Chinese Dragon Rug 48212 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: China Rugs »
Style: Chinese Rugs

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

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17th Century Chinese Fu Dogs Rug 48031

17th Century Chinese Fu Dogs Rug 48031  - By Nazmiyal

Origin: China 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 Dragon Chinese Rug 47762

Antique Dragon Chinese Rug 47762 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: China Rugs »
Style: Chinese Rugs

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

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Antique Chinese Animal Carpet 48434

Antique Chinese Animal Scene Carpet 48434 Thumbnail - By Nazmiyal

Origin: China Rugs »
Style: Chinese Rugs

5 ft 3 in x 6 ft 4 in (1.6 m x 1.93 m)

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