Meaning of Cupids or Cherubs in Antique Rugs and Tapestries

Antique Rug and Tapestry Symbols: Cupids or Cherubs

Meanings of Cupid Motifs in Antique Rugs and Tapestries

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The Cupids (which are also known as: cherubs) are iconic angelic childlike beings that traditionally are known as symbols of romantic love.

Cupids are motifs commonly used in Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo European art. When used as a putto, the reference was to Aphrodite, Greek mythology and romantic love. When used as a cherub, the reference was to heavenly beings and angels, implying peace, innocence and leisure.

Cupids have always been viewed as positive beings. That said the cupids are also famous for having quite the mischievous side as well. All in all, Cherubs or Cupids are probably most well known for symbolizing love and purity.

Antique Italian Tapestry Depicting Caesar Augustus 47325
Antique Italian Tapestry Depicting Caesar Augustus 47325

Below are three more antique tapestry rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection which depict the iconic Cupid / Cherub  design:

Antique Flemish Heraldic Tapestry of a Spanish Noble Admiral 2399
Antique Flemish Heraldic Tapestry of a Spanish Noble Admiral 2399
Italian Tapestry Depicting Julius Caesar 47324
Italian Tapestry Depicting Julius Caesar 47324
18th Century Flemish Tapestry Pastoral 47384
18th Century Flemish Tapestry Pastoral 47384