The Palmette as Decoration in Rug Design

The palmette (gol-e eslīmī, lit. “patterned” or “arabesque flower”) is one of the most popular Persian rug decorations, and you will find it included in many rug designs regardless the country of origin. A palmette is a freely conventionalized motif resembling a flower without being a copy of any floral species. In ancient Oriental art we find two kinds of palmettes, one…