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The Crab Design Symbol: Its Long History and Significance

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Within the human spirit, there is something that seeks explanations for questions about life from Nature. In fact, many people are intrigued by the creatures who come from the ocean, that vast pool of energy and life. One of these creatures is the crab, whose appearance and habits are quite unique and meaningful.

Picture of a A Real Crab Next A Crab Design Taken From An Antique Rug from Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC

A Real Crab Next A Crab Design Taken From An Antique Rug

The crab’s physical appearance, its nature, and its habitat have long been of interest to many who have attributed symbolic meaning to crabs. On ancient Peruvian pottery, for instance, there are paintings of a half-crab, half human rain forest deity. The crab design is also prominent in the creation myths of some African cultures and the cultures of Pacific island people. In China, the crab has long been perceived as a symbol of good luck and male potency when it is eaten.

Image of a Crab Design Rug Border from Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC

Crab Design Rug Border

Significantly, because the crab emerges from the ocean, it is imagined as being ruled by the moon which controls the currents and tides. Also, because of its connection to the moon and, for some crabs ability to shed their old shell and generate a new one, the crab design has acted as a symbol of rebirth and renewal for many cultures. Many also feel that the crab symbolizes water’s power to bring peace and tranquility to a person’s life.

Image of a Crab Design from an antique rug from Nazmiyal in NYC

Crab Design Rug

The crab’s physical appearance also plays an essential role in the interpretation of it as a symbol. For instance, its hard shell is perceived as a symbol of protection. The sharp pincers it possesses are also part of its defense system as they allow the crab to fight against any attackers. In addition, its odd way of walking, meant to confuse predators, symbolizes the diversity of thought and creativity of this symbolic creature.

Indeed, many people feel that the symbolism of the crab teaches them to utilize their creativity and take diverse paths in their thinking about things. The symbolic crab design is truly significant because it reminds people that they exist in a world in which they will survive if they learn from this ocean creature the strength to sustain themselves and if they allow the crab’s example of diversity and creativity of thought to direct their actions.

Another name for the Crab design is Harshang. Though when people use the term “Harshang” to describe this pattern it looks a bit different from the more “structured” geometric approach.

Picture of the Harshang Design by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC

Example of The Harshang Design

Below are examples of antique rugs from Nazmiyal which incorporate the crab design:

Tribal Rust Antique Caucasian Kazak Rug 49090

Picture of an Antique Crab Design Caucasian Kazak Rug #49090 from Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC

Antique Crab Design Caucasian Kazak Rug

Tribal Antique Northwest Persian Rug 49161

Picture of an Antique Crab Design Northwest Persian Rug #49616 from Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC

Antique Crab Design Northwest Persian Rug

Antique Tribal Northwest Persian Runner Rug 50669

Picture of an Antique Tribal Crab Design Northwest Persian Runner Rug #50669 from Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC

Antique Tribal Crab Design Northwest Persian Runner Rug

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