Persian Rug Symbols/Motifs

By learning the meanings of Persian rug patterns and symbols, you will be able to “read a rug” and understand what the weaver is telling us.

The names of Persian rug patterns are derived from the city, village, or tribe where particular patterns were first woven or traded.

What determines the value of a rug?

Hand-made rugs are more valuable than machine-made rugs. The back of the rug will help a person determine if it is hand-made or machine-made and will have the the same, vibrant design as the front of the rug.

Knot Count: the more knots per square inch, the more valuable the rug.

Design: the more intricate the design, the more valuable the rug.

Look for these symbols throughout the rug pattern, as this will give you a deeper appreciation for the artfulness and make your rug more meaningful .

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turkish symbolism in rugs

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