Antique Rug Protective Eye Motif Symbols Against the Evil Eye

Protective Eye Symbols to Ward Off The Evil Eye

The eye motif in antique rugs as a protective symbol against the evil eye

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Protective Eye Motif Rug Symbols: 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.

Below are several examples of the protective eye motif that appear in antique and vintage rugs from the Nazmiyal Antique Carpet Collection which is located in the heart of Manhattan, New York City:

The Eye Motif in Vintage Moroccan Rug 46047
Vintage Moroccan Rug 46047
The Eye Motif in Vintage Moroccan Rug 47952
Vintage Moroccan Rug 47952
The Eye Motif in Vintage Moroccan Rug 45982
Vintage Moroccan Rug 45982
The Eye Motif in Antique Caucasian Perpedil Carpet 48099
Antique Caucasian Perpedil Carpet 48099
The Eye Motif by Nazmiyal
Antique Turkish Rug 43050
The Eye Motif in Antique Persian Tribal Kurdish Rug 47544
Antique Persian Tribal Kurdish Rug 47544
The Eye Motif in Antique Persian Afshar Rug 47543
Antique Persian Afshar Rug 47543
The Eye Motif in Antique Persian Qashqai Horse Cover 47882
Antique Persian Qashqai Horse Cover 47882
The Eye Motif in Kilim Persian Carpet 41025
Kilim Persian Carpet 41025
The Eye Motif in Antique Kurdish Persian Rug 2203
Antique Kurdish Persian Rug 2203
The Eye Motif in Antique Tribal Turkish Konya Rug 47567
Antique Tribal Turkish Konya Rug 47567
The Eye Motif in Antique Caucasian Kilim 43798
Antique Caucasian Kilim 43798