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The eight Buddhist symbols

The eight Buddhist symbols

(Posted on 14/06/14)

Relate to spiritual qualities and mysteries that the believer should try develop and understand.  The meanings attributed to each are fairly straightforward in comparison with the subtleties internet in Taoist symbolism.  They may be found...

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Chinese designs (2)

Chinese designs (2)

(Posted on 07/06/14)

Shou and Fu characters: Usually symbolize long life and good luck.  Other characters may also be found, but it is common practice to refer to all symbolic characters as Shou (or Fu) symbols, regardless of their exact form or meaning. Swastika...

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Chinese designs

Chinese designs

(Posted on 29/05/14)

Unlike most other rug-making countries, China mainly draws its design repertoire from other artistic disciplines (painting, etc.), as well as from ancient Buddhist and Taoist symbolism, and other religious and cultural sources.  Chinese design is...

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Designs (Hatchli)

Designs (Hatchli)

(Posted on 22/05/14)

Hatchli (hatchlu): A design often found on enssi rugs, which were traditionally used as door-hangings in the nomad's yurt (tent); it is quiet common for any rug woven in this design to be referred to as an enssi, or Bokhara with an enssi...

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Turkoman designs

Turkoman designs

(Posted on 08/05/14)

Gul  Lozenge-shaped motifs (guls) arranged in vertical rows, usually with off-set rows of minor guls, in a repeating allover format are typical in Turkoman rugs.  The word means flower in Persian, but is perhaps more likely to have been...

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Designs (Herati)

Designs (Herati)

(Posted on 29/04/14)

Herati:  The herati design derives its name from the town of Herat (part of Persia until the last century, but now in Afghanistan), where it is said to have originated.  It is composed of a single floral head within a diamond framework flanked...

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Designs (Boteh)

Designs (Boteh)

(Posted on 15/04/14)

Boteh: The boteh design derives its name from Persian word for 'a cluster of leaves', which it only partially resembles, and is familiar in the west as the primary motif of the paisley design.  Its origins are extremely obscure and there is...

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Designs (Medallion)

Designs (Medallion)

(Posted on 10/04/14)

Medallion-and-corner: Sometimes referred to as the 'book-cover' or Koran design because it was evolved during the 15th and 16th centuries from the magnificent tooled leather cover used to bind the Koran; these had themselves been inspired by the...

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Designs (Hunting)

Designs (Hunting)

(Posted on 08/04/14)

Hunting designs:  Feature either human figures (usually on horseback) engaged in formal hunt, or predatory animals pursuing their prey amidst a fecund undergrowth of foliate forms.  These latter scenes are sometimes employed in conjunction...

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Pictorial rugs

Pictorial rugs

(Posted on 05/04/14)

The depiction of people and animals is far less common in the East than it is the West, and, despite the fact that vegetal and architectural forms are at the heart of most motifs and designs, the oriental textile artist rarely portrays landscapes or...

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