Rug Symbols

Guide to Rug Symbols and Their Meanings

Comprehensive Guide to Antique Rug Symbols and Design Patterns

Antique Rug Symbols — In this guide, we take a look at the meaning behind common symbols found in antique rugs.

The tribes and cultures from around the world that have traditions of producing the fine handmade rugs, carpets, & textiles that make up the Nazmiyal Collection’s inventory often use symbolism in their work to give their finished pieces a sense of meaning. Whether these symbolic motifs are religious, social, or informative, they imbue the antique and vintage rugs they are woven into with a sense of history and narrative.

Click the motifs on the grid below to learn about their meanings and histories:


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