Thursday, 10 February 2011


As I stated earlier that persian rugs are unique and yet follow similar themes these are called Motifs.The following describe the origin and ideology behind each:

Motifs Definition -  

a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., especially in a literary, artistic, or musical work.
a distinctive and recurring form, shape, figure, etc., in a design, as in a painting or on wallpaper.
a dominant idea or feature: the profit motif of free enterprise.


Word Origins 

1848, from Fr. motif  "dominant idea, theme" (see motive)


Persian Motifs 

Persia (Iran) has an ancient tradition of its own design of motifs. These special and unique motifs are used, among others, in the Persian carpet and rug designs and traditional Persian attire. These motifs have a rich history and the Persian language has an extensive terminology concerning the dsign and sorts of these motifs.

1-Lachak-toranj (Corner-medallion design)

2-Afshan (Overall flower design)

3-Toranji (Medallion design)

4-Mehrabi (Prayer design)

5-Derakhti (Tree design)

6-Baghi (Garden design)

7-Moharramat (Striped design)

8-Tasviri (Pictorial design)

9-Shekargahi (Hunting design)

10-Jangali (Jungle design)

11-Goldani (Vase design)

12-Golestani (Flower garden design)

13-Tecrari (Endless repeat design)

14-Talfighi (Mingle design)

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