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Antique Rug Protective Eye Motif Symbols Against the Evil Eye

Protective Eye Symbols to Ward Off The Evil Eye

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The Eye motif, or the “evil eye” is a common motif prevalent in many rug-making cultures, especially those in Africa and West Asia. The eye is a protective symbol, stemming from the superstition or outright belief that one could be cursed simply by being looked at malevolently.

In many cultures, it is believed that being cursed by the “evil eye” would wreak havoc on a person’s life, or even kill them. In religions like Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, this idea can be traced back to several mentions of the evil eye in the old testament of the Bible. The idea of the evil eye is also mentioned repeatedly in Islamic texts.

Amulets, talismans, and symbols of the eye are often used as protective shields against its powers. For this reason, images depicting the eye can be found in many rug designs from cultures with a history of believing in this superstition. In rugs and carpets, the eye often appears abstracted, as a dot within a circle or diamond shape.

Explore some Evil Eye rugs from the Nazmiyal collection:

Vintage Moroccan Rug | Nazmiyal

Vintage Moroccan Rug

Vintage Moroccan Rug | Nazmiyal

Vintage Moroccan Rug

Vintage Moroccan Boujad Rug | Nazmiyal

Vintage Moroccan Boujad Rug

Antique Caucasian Perpedil Prayer Carpet | Nazmiyal

Antique Caucasian Perpedil Prayer Carpet

Antique Turkish Rug | Nazmiyal

Antique Turkish Rug

Antique Persian Tribal Kurdish Rug | Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Tribal Kurdish Rug

Antique Persian Afshar Rug | Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Afshar Rug

Persian Qashqai Antique Tribal Horse Cover | Nazmiyal

Persian Qashqai Antique Tribal Horse Cover

Small Scatter Size Antique Persian Kilim Rug | Nazmiyal

Small Scatter Size Antique Persian Kilim Rug

Antique Tribal Turkish Konya Rug | Nazmiyal

Antique Tribal Turkish Konya Rug

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