Hunting Scene Rugs with Hunters and Archers

Antique Rug Symbols: Hunters and Archers

Meanings of the Hunters and Archers Motifs as well as Hunting Scene Rugs

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Antique Rug Symbols: Hunters and Archers —  The tradition of hunting is deeply immersed within Persian epic history. Years before the first hunting scene rug was ever woven, hunting stories were passed down orally for over 1300 years.Because this practice was so deeply embedded in Persian culture, it is no surprise that weavers portrayed hunting scenes in their work as early as the 16th century.

These hunting designs show no specific city they do not directly refer to any particular person or historical event. In the rare case when a specific individual is depicted, he is distinguished by his manner of dress or an inscription within the antique rug.

Because hunting was considered such a distinguished act, these carpets represent a part of princely life. Furthermore, many hunting scene rugs were originally commissioned for nobility and royalty. For hundreds of years, hunting has been an essential skill to be learned for a Prince in Persian culture. Hunting scenes in Persian artwork symbolize bravery and nobility.

Examples of antique hunting scene rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection:

Antique Khorassan Rug with Animal Hunting Scene 47492 by nazmiyal
Antique Khorassan Rug with Animal Hunting Scene 47492
Antique Persian Bakhtiari Hunting Scene Rugs 47644
Antique Persian Bakhtiari Rug 47644
Antique Persian Kerman Hunting Scene Rug 48323 by Nazmiyal
Antique Persian Kerman Carpet 48323
Hunters and Archers in an Antique Silk and Wool Agra Indian Rug 3450 by Nazmiyal
Antique Silk and Wool Agra Indian Rug 3450
Hunters and Archers in a Celtic Hunting Rug by George Bain 47276 by Namziyal
Celtic Hunting Rug by George Bain 47276