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Boteh Paisley Design Rugs

Antique Rug Motifs: Boteh Plants

Meanings of Boteh Plant Motifs / Paisley Design in Antique Rugs and Carpets

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The Boteh plant, more commonly known in the West as “paisley”, is incredibly common in the rugs of many different cultures, especially those located in the Middle East. The word “boteh” comes from the Persian word for shrub or bush. Alternate names for the motif include “Persian Pickles” in America, and “Welsh Pears” in western Europe. The symbol is particularly prevalent in wool or silk textiles from the areas of Kashmir in India, and Kerman in Iran.

Paisley Design / Boteh Motif by Nazmiyal

Paisley Design / Boteh Motif

The Boteh symbol is  often seen in the shape of a teardrop, however clusters of these shapes, or more abstracted versions of the shape are also prevalent. Commonly, this motif represents the ideas of eternal life and fertility, and can also symbolize fire, and the season of autumn. It is often used to symbolize expectant mothers and pregnancy.

Check out some of our favorite Boteh rugs from our collection:

Antique Persian Esfahan Shawl | Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Esfahan Shawl

Antique Persian Paisley Kerman Rug | Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Paisley Kerman Rug

Antique Persian Senneh Rug | Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Senneh Rug

Light Blue Antique Persian Khorassan Rug | Nazmiyal

Light Blue Antique Persian Khorassan Rug

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