Antique Rug Symbols: Cypress Trees
Meanings of Cypress Trees in Antique Rugs and Carpets
Cypress trees are evergreens, and are a commonly used motif in art in Asia Minor. The cypress is depicted as a variation of the tree of life motif, which represents everlasting life. The cypress is used in rituals with the dead, but symbolizes the eternal life that comes after death.
The cypress was the most popular tree used in Persian gardens, and accordingly, was represented in garden carpets. The oldest known living cypress in the world is 4000 years old, in Yazd Province, Iran. Representations in Anatolian and Caucasian weaving are geometric while Persian representations are more naturally portrayed.
Below are several antique rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection which contain Cypress Tree imagery: