(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 with central medallion, and may possibly be merely developments of the medallion-and-corner design. Formal hunting scenes are firmly rooted in the traditions of the Persian Shahs and princelings who loved to have themselves depicted as noble hunters and horseman; such scenes represent the nearest examples of portraiture to be found in traditional rug designs. Hunting designs are still produced by Persian workshop groups, particularly Kashan and Tabriz, but are now mainly found on items from India and Pakistan.
(Tabriz hunting rug)