Antique Rug Symbols: Hunters and Archers
Meanings of the Hunters and Archers Motifs as well as Hunting Scene Rugs
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.