Antique Rug Symbol – Kufic Motif
The Meanings of the Kufic Motif Design in Rugs and Carpets
Antique Rug Symbols: Kufic Motif — Kufic refers to stylized, geometrically rendered and calligraphy like Arabic letters used as actual design elements mostly seen within borders of carpets. The calligraphy Kufic design was first seen in the seventh century in Kufa, the region from which the script gets its name.
This script was often used in holy texts and important manuscripts from the 8th-11th centuries, at which time more modern alphabets began to gain popularity. In addition to its use in carpets, Kufic has also been used as a decorative element on buildings, coins, and pottery. This motif is found on many antique Persian carpets, but is found on antique rugs from other origins as well.
Below are several examples of rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection containing the Kufic motif imagery