Garden Design Rugs
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Collection and Meanings of Garden Design Motifs in Antique Rugs and Carpets
Antique Garden Design Rugs – The original garden design in carpets is a pattern that illustrates a Persian garden from a “bird’s-eye view”. The oldest known carpet that depicts this iconic design served as the de facto design prototype for weavers (mostly in North West Persia) to follow. This carpet is dated 1622–32 and is currently part of the current Albert Hall Museum collection in Jaipur, India.
The Persian garden design will usually consist of classic four-parts (chahar bagh) encircled by a perimeter of tall cypress trees and shrubs to block strong winds and protect the vegetation. The pattern will show a wide stream of water in the center of the garden and intersected by narrower offshoots. Most of the larger offshoots will feature designs of stylized swimming fish and at the center will be a depiction of the raised platform where the aristocracy would lounge.
Below is an image of an antique Oushak rug that features a classic garden design:
The famed “Garden Design” refers to the portrayal of flowers, trees and other vegetation often with a central fountain. In antique rugs featuring this theme, animals such as tigers, birds and deer were often portrayed in poses of repose and relaxation.
Gardens were important in Persian life, representing paradise, and were portrayed on carpets to bring the visual and aesthetic appreciation of the exterior effulgence into the interior. Famous garden carpets include the legendary Spring of Khosrow carpet woven between AD 531 and 579 during the Sassanian period. Garden carpets were popular in the Safavid period and Mughal culture as well.
There are two other patters that are generally refereed to as: “Garden Design”. These designs are of rugs that feature grid designs of either square boxed or more if a diamond pattern grid.
Below are examples of each of the two garden designs in rugs:
A Magnificent Persian Carpet Depicting The Garden Of Paradise
Persian Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet — Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Antique Rug Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history.
This week’s Wednesday Wishlist rug is a beautiful room size antique Garden of Paradise Persian carpet, featuring a beautifully detailed flora and fauna design full of animal motifs. Animals frolic amidst lush trees and flowers on a rich blue field, surrounded by an equally elaborate border in warm shades of rust, crimson, burnt orange and teal. The playful scene illustrated on this Persian rug provides the viewer with many lavish details to discover, while the size of the rug, at approximately 10 feet by 13 feet, makes it a wonderful choice for the focal point of a room.
The Garden of Paradise design is symbolic of heaven in Persian tradition. The term Garden of Paradise refers to an elaborately fertile garden, filled with exotic and varied plants and animals, enclosed by a wall, symbolic of the separation between heaven and earth. Wealthy Persians often built Gardens of Paradise on their palatial compounds, as places of worship and as symbols of their status. Traditional Persian Gardens of Paradise were rectangular, with a river or body of water running North to South, and East to West, forming a cross and dividing the garden into four sections. These gardens also often included covered pavilions or structures, and raised walkways for the purpose of viewing the garden from above. Fountains and waterfalls symbolizing eternal life were also common.