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:


Animal Pelt Symbols at Nazmiyal


Berber Tattoo Symbols at Nazmiyal


Boteh Plant Symbols at Nazmiyal


Camel Symbols at Nazmiyal


Chintamani Symbols at Nazmiyal


Chinese Dragons Symbols at Nazmiyal


Cupid Symbols at Nazmiyal


Cypress Tree Symbols at Nazmiyal


Coats of Arms Symbols at Nazmiyal


Eight Pointed Stars Symbols at Nazmiyal


Evil Eye Symbols at Nazmiyal


Garden Design Symbols at Nazmiyal


Geometric People Symbols at Nazmiyal


Gol Symbols at Nazmiyal


Golfarang Symbols at Nazmiyal


Herati/Mahi Symbols at Nazmiyal


Hunting Scene Symbols at Nazmiyal


Islimi Symbols at Nazmiyal


Judaic Motif Symbols at Nazmiyal


Kufic Symbols at Nazmiyal


Iranian Lion With Sword Symbol by Nazmiyal


Pomegranate Design Pattern by Nazmiyal Rugs


Tiger Symbol In Rugs by Nazmiyal


Image of the Crab Design Symbol by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs


Picture for the Swastika Design Symbol by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC


Greek Key / Running Dog Design In Rugs


Chinese Foo Dig Design Nazmiyal Antique Rugs


Sun Symbol by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs


Cloud Band Rugs and Design History by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC


Shah Abbas Floral Design By Nazmiyal USA


Antique Persian Vase Design Rugs


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