Antique Rug and Tapestry Symbols: Cupids or Cherubs
Meanings of Cupid Motifs in Antique Rugs and Tapestries
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.
Below are three more antique tapestry rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection which depict the iconic Cupid / Cherub design: