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Pictorial carpet

Pictorial carpet

Pictorial Pattern is also an integral part of the hand-made knotted carpets. Pictorial Patterns like flowers, arabesques, rhomboids and occasional animal design were common produced and employed as design with varying degree of stylization. Each of these designs has a unique meaning. For example, the circle, zigzag and tree signified eternity, light and happiness respectively. Later, Persian style was amalgamated with Indian design giving rise to Indo-Islamic carpet.

Meaning of Elephants: It deals primarily with strength, honor, stability and tenacity, among other attributes. To the Hindu way of thought, the elephant is found in the form of Ganesha who is the god of luck, fortune, protection and is a blessing upon all new projects.

Peacock: The scared bird.

Cypress tree: Survival in the afterlife.  

Tree of Life: Eternal Life.

Camels: Wealth and happiness.

Dove: Peace and good Omen.

Comb: Cleanness, Sometimes the pillar of faith (On which Islam rests).

Hour Glass: A reminder that time runs out for all and that there is no escape.

Cloud Bands: Good Fortune.

Cross: In is devoid of religious significance and is purely ornamental.

Weeping willow: Death, Sorrow, Grief.

Cock: The devil, woven into carpet to protect the owner or user from evil eye.

Lions: Victory and Glory.

Dogs: To protect the owner or user from theft.

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