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​​​​​​​What Do the Animal Motifs In Your Rug Mean?


Ruthie here with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott AZ once again!  I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe and healthy.  I wanted to take today to discuss a little about some of the designs you may find in your area rugs!  Many of these designs have specific meaning to the weaver who designed the rug - especially the little animal motifs. Rugs often share a story from the weaver’s heritage that’s been passed down to them through the generations.

More often than not, animal motifs and symbols convey positive emotions.  After all, an unlucky rug probably wouldn’t be too popular with the consumer, would it?  By understanding these designs, we can gain a higher appreciation for the weaver’s intentions when they were designing the rug.

Deer are popular in area rugs and symbolize well-being.  Camels represent wealth, which likely has to do with the Silk Road and the use of camels in trading caravans!  Lions convey victory and horses represent speed.  To convey abundance, you could use a fish.  Elephants mean power!  My personal favorite is the phoenix, which represents and symbolizes an empress.

I hope that this short little blurb gives you even more of a reason to admire the animal motifs in your area rugs!  Knowing these meanings gives me a deeper appreciation of rugs and the stories behind them.  Who knows, maybe you can impress your friends with your knowledge about the animal motifs in your area rugs!

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, Flagstaff, and much of the Northern Arizona areas.  We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION.  Such extraordinary certification ensures our client’s area rugs receive the highest quality care.

Give us a call for more information about the designs in your area rugs at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). 06-25-2020

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