Antique Rug Symbols: Golfarang Design

The Golfarang Design in Antique Rugs

Meanings of Golfarang Design in Antique Rugs and Carpets

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Antique Rug Symbols: Golfarang Design — Golfarang, or gul farang: Literally means “foreign flower.”

This floral motif emulates, for the most part, European flowers. They are usually roses, similar to the ones that were used in French Savonnerie and Aubusson carpets of the nineteenth century.

The Golfarang design usual features a repeating pattern of bouquets of flowers. Often, we see these designs of flowers in vases, mostly framed by vine-scrolls or floral guard bands. The golfarang was mostly used in Persian weaving during the Qajar Period. This was the result of foreign demand rugs that had more of a Continental influence.

The motif was also used in Kurdish Senneh and Bidjar weaving in a more stylized, geometrical variation.

Below you can view some examples of antique Persian rugs, from the Nazmiyal Collection, that feature the famed Golfarang design motif:

Golfarang Design in Antique Kerman Persian Rug 43429
Antique Kerman Persian Rug 43429
Golfarang Design in Oversize Ivory Background Antique Kerman Rug 47527
Oversize Ivory Background Antique Kerman Rug 47527
Golfarang Design in Antique Oversize Persian Kerman Carpet 46909
Antique Oversize Persian Kerman Carpet 46909
Golfarang Design in Light Blue Antique Persian Kerman Golfarang Carpet 44142
Light Blue Antique Persian Kerman Golfarang Carpet 44142