the Hunting scene Persian rug design
The hunting scene rug design is
an ancient weaving style. For more than one thousand, three hundred years,
Persian hunting stories were told orally. As hunting was such an imperative
tradition to Persians, it became a heritage that they needed to protect and
preserve. In 500 B.C, hunting scenes were put on one of the oldest rugs: the
Pazyryk rug. This treasure was found in the Scythian prince’s tomb.
It featured rows of deer in the
inside border as well as rows of horsemen in the outside border. This beautiful
rug is thought to be conserved in Altai Mountains. Pazyryk rug’s main motifs
depict the Assyrian Empire (that ruled over Mesopotamia), the Persian
Achaemenid Empire and the age-old Iranian Scythians who lived in Altai area and
According to history, the first
hunting scene designs were made for the royalty and noble such as shahs and
regal leaders. Although this rug design emerged very early, there was a long
dormant period from 500 B.C to 1500s.
Production of these rugs were stopped because of the emerging Islamic
empires that were very powerful and influential.
Then the production took the lead
again from 1500s, particularly because of the Safavid royals and leaders who
resided in Mughal, India, and Persia. They loved flamboyant hunting scene rugs
that depicted their favorite sport and leisure.
In the middle of 1500s, a master rug weaver named Kashan released a rug
that is famously known to contain archers placed against a woods backdrop and
mounted hunters. This rug is still
preserved in Milan.
There is a special hunting scene
Tabriz rug that was made in Azerbaijan in 1880. It is worth mentioning as just
one look at it will tell you just how hard the weaver worked to create it. It
is not a piece of your ordinary rug. This Tabriz rug depicts exquisiteness and
has an asymmetrical hunting design that fills the border space, framing a
majestic field. In this pictorial antique rug, and many similar ones, the
motifs seem stationary yet so full of life. How scenes transition from each
other so gracefully shows just how creative and gifted the weaver of this
specific rug was.
Usually, weavers added animals
like camels, gazelles, and birds like peacocks, griffins, deer, elephants that
were used in wars, horses and camels. Some of these animals were featured even
in the oldest hunting scene rug, Pazyryk, we have mentioned above. With regard
to knot per square inch (KPSI), there is quite a difference in hunting scene
Persian rugs. Most Isfahan silk hunting rugs with an asymmetrical knot design
have up to seven hundred KPSI. On the other hand, most Tabriz symmetrically
knotted mats may have three hundred and fifty knots per square inch.
Silk is lovely and posh in
appearance. And since most hunting scene Persian rugs were made for the royals,
weavers used silk to create the finest, elegant designs. Animal fur and
uniquely mounted hunters’ motifs were also added. To make their rugs even more real and live,
many Iranian weavers, particularly from Qum, made body parts like eyelids,
fingernails, facial creases and other delicate areas with fine outlines.
Just like many other Persian
designs, hunting scene rug design has a large central area or field with a
motif that symbolically identifies the region it is made in or an animal
design. The rug may have many borders where the main border looks like central
field design. If the main border does
not contain the item in the vast middle field, it may have wider dimensions to
offset other borders.
That said, there so many Persian
rugs that have the ancient animal theme in the market place. Some are classic
while others are modern or a combination of both. You will find rugs that hail
from various Iran cities such as Esfahan, Qum, and Tabriz among others. They
can also be grouped by the names of master weavers who made them including
Kashan, Seirafian and others. You are not going to know what to buy until you
take a look at products that are being sold online.
Hunting scene rugs are perfect
additions to any house no matter its main interior design theme. They tend to
feature different colors, shapes, sizes and symmetrical or asymmetrical
knotting patterns. Regardless of where you live on earth, these hunting scene
rugs can be found and ordered online. Some of the legendary art pieces are also
preserved in some of the highly recognized museums. You may or may not have seen Persian rugs
with the hunting design. Now is your chance to research, get familiar with these
rugs and then purchase the hottest product for your home decoration.