Herati, Mahi and Fish Rug Designs

About Herati Design Rugs and Mahi or Fish Design Carpets

Meanings of Herati, Mahi and Fish Designs in Antique Rugs

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Antique Rug Symbol: Herati / Mahi / Fish  –The Herati, also called the mahi flower, consists of a rosette enclosed in a diamond with curved leaves and small flowers placed around the sides and at the corners. Some renderings of leaves resemble fish, which is the reason why the design is also called “mahi,” as mahi, in Farsi literally means “fish”. It is often found in antique Persian rug designs.

The central flower may be stylized or naturally rendered, depending on the stylistic tradition of the weaver who is creating the design. Herati are used in all-over patterns, as accent patterns in the field and in border designs. Some scholars attribute the origin of the herati design to the town of Herat, Persia; others attribute it to Turkey. The Herati symbol is auspicious, and is often thought to bring good luck.

Examples of Antique rugs featuring the Herati, Mahi or Fish designs from the Nazmiyal Collection:

Herati Design Antique Persian Tabriz Rug by Haji Jalili 43503 by Nazmiyal
Herati Design Antique Persian Tabriz Rug by Haji Jalili 43503
Mahi Design Antique Persian Senneh Kilim 47278 by Nazmiyal
Mahi Design Antique Persian Senneh Kilim 47278
Fish Design Antique Persian Bidjar Rug 42158 by Nazmiyal
Fish Design Antique Persian Bidjar Rug 42158
Mahi / Fish Design Antique Persian Bakshaish Rug 47228 by Nazmiyal
Mahi / Fish Design Antique Persian Bakshaish Rug 47228
Herati / Fish Design Sultanabad Rug 44146 by Nazmiyal
Herati / Fish Design Sultanabad Rug 44146