Islimi Design Rugs

Antique Rug Symbols: Islimi Design

Meanings of Islimi Design in Antique Rugs and Carpets

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Islimi Design   Islimi, Also known as arabesque, is often used with major floral elements such as palmettes and the Shah Abassi motif.

Islimi are spiraling floral vines with a graceful curvature that connect major design elements, used in both the field and borders of a carpet. Islimi are seen in the Ardabil Carpet and are found in many styles of Persian rugs, particularly Nain, Isfahan and Mashhad.

Example of Islimi Design Pattern by Nazmiyal
Example of Islimi Design Pattern

Islimi is one of the three major aesthetic pillars of Islamic art, the other two being calligraphy and geometry. The Islimi motif is representative of the idea that there is an underlying order and unity to the natural world.

This idea is symbolized through the unbroken spiraling patterns and seemingly limitless branches connecting Islimi.

Below are several examples of Persian rugs from Nazmiyal which incorporate Islimi Design:

Antique Persian Mohtashan Kashan Rug 46541
Antique Persian Mohtashan Kashan Rug 46541
Antique Persian Sarouk Farahan Carpet 46926
Antique Persian Sarouk Farahan Carpet 46926
Antique Oversized Persian Tabriz Rug 41975
Antique Oversized Persian Tabriz Rug 41975
Antique Persian Haji Jalili Tabriz Rug 46806
Antique Persian Haji Jalili Tabriz Rug 46806