About Herati Design Rugs and Mahi or Fish Design Carpets
Meanings of Herati, Mahi and Fish Designs in Antique Rugs
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.