Beautiful Small Size Blue and White Vintage Cotton Lion Indian Agra Rug, Country of Origin Origin: India, Circa Date: Vintage Mid 20th Century – A fierce lion on the hunt roars across this vintage mid 20th century rug. The first element that stands out in this Indian Agra rug is the bold lion design that forms the dominant motif. The second element is the simple use of color. This vintage cotton pile rug immediately stands out as unique. However, there is much more to the story of this vintage cotton lion design Indian rug is apparent at first glance.
The lion is a symbol of power and is often used to represent royalty. This lion is posed so that it is running after prey with its mouth wide open ready to take it down. The eyes and tongue of the lion are the bright red of a fierce predator on the hunt. This may be symbolic of a particular ruler or historical event. There is much more to the story of this beautiful animal rug that has been lost in history and may never be known, which gives it an intriguing element of mystery.
The floral border of the vintage cotton lion Agra rug represents a meadow or garden, with each of the flowers having their own special symbolic meaning. The design is high contrast, using only a simple palette. The motifs carried out simply, giving the vintage Indian rug a rustic character.
Indian Agra rugs are known for quality and workmanship that is meant to last a lifetime and beyond. We may never know the true origin or story of the symbolism behind the lion and floral elements of this cotton Agra rug. It may forever remain an unsolved mystery, but this only adds to the fascination of the vintage cotton Lion Agra rug and its importance as a collector’s piece.