Beautiful Small Antique Indian Dragon Design Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Indian Rugs, Circa Date: 1920 – Dragons are a theme that appears in the artwork of many cultures around the world. In some cultures, the dragon signifies a malevolent presence, but in others they are considered to kind creatures that are beneficial to humanity. This antique Indian rug features two dragons opposing each other. Though they look fierce, they are a symbol of power and are considered benevolent and helpful in Indian culture.
This breathtakingly artistic antique rug was produced in India in the 1920’s comet using vibrant red as the primary color of the design, which also is a sign of power. The rug uses a simple color palette of only three colors; red, white, and black to define the design. The dragons and this rug may be representative of the naga, which are a mythological creature found in the ancient writing of Indian traditions. The naga represent a connection to the divine and are that can help the fortunate human beings who encounter them. The elements of this rug come together to create a feeling of power and connection to the divine for the benefit of the owner.
The Dragons featured on this rug are stylized in a way that gives them both an Oriental and a modern flavor. They are carried out using a background silhouette with black lines to indicate the main features of the dragons. However, they are done in an abstract fashion that encourages the viewer to use their imagination and fill in the details. This minimalist attention to detail gives them a modern or contemporary characteristic that will go well with a number of design styles from oriental to modern.
The sharp angular lines give the dragons in this antique Indian Dragon design rug a fierce appearance, but you can be assured that they are benevolent. It is more likely that they are using their power to protect their human counterparts. Although this rug has a simple design, there is much more behind the scenes and the story that it has to tell. This is a fascinating antique Indian Dragon design rug for both its design, and the style that the artist chose to carry it out. It would make a powerful and bold addition to any modern interior design.