Antique Rug Motifs: Gol / Gul
Meanings of Gol or Gul Motifs in Antique Rugs and Carpets
Antique Rug Symbols: Gol / Gul — The word “Gol” actually means flower in Farsi (the language spoken in Persia / modern day country of Iran). The term Gul is also indicative of a floral medallion or rosette.
The more round guls tend to symbolize celestial bodies such as the sun, moon or stars. Other geometric shapes of the gol motif, include diamonds and four-sided guls.
The interior of the gol designs are often intricately woven with hooks, geometric shapes, leaves and buds of flowers or ram’s horns.
Naturalistic designed rosette medallions are most often seen in Persian rugs while the Azerbaijani and Caucasian rugs have an extensive design vocabulary for guls and their patterns are therefore more varied.
Below are some examples of antique rugs, from the Nazmiyal Collection, which feature Gol or Gul motifs: