Antique Rug Symbols: Judaic Motifs
Meanings of Judaic Motifs in Antique Rugs and Carpets
Antique Rug Symbols: Judaic Motifs — Judaica motifs include symbolic religious motifs such as the Star of David, as well as Old Testament imagery, and Hebrew texts. The Jewish people were known as wanderers for many centuries, and rugs containing Jewish motifs can be found in carpets from everywhere from Morocco, to Europe, to Asia.
The revival of Jewish life in Israel in the early 20th century led to the establishment of the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem. The goal of the school was to create a Jewish art form that reflected the Jewish experience. The Israeli carpets that were produced at the academy were a combination of Jewish, Persian, Turkish and European styles.
The star of David is used as both an identifying symbol on rugs, letting viewers know the faith of the weaver, and also as a protective symbol. Excerpts from the Old Testament found on rugs often include a moral lesson or story important to the weaver.
Below are examples of antique rugs from Nazmiyal‘s collection which feature Judaic Symbolism: