Tigers
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Ref 9858/10/1098    Tiger rug c1900   cm157x100
     
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Xinjiang
Baotou

Ref.0866/20/1099  Tiger rug c.1920  cm.130x66
Ref.0866/19/1099   Tiger rug c.1930  cm.
Ref.0866/23/1099  Tiger rug c.1920  cm.155x90
Ref.0866/28/1099  Tiger rug c.1930  cm.107x50
Ref.0866/31/1099  Tiger rug c.1920 cm.130x67
Ref.0866/17/1099 Tiger rug c.1920  cm.127x67
Ref.3862/29/1297  Tiger rug c.1900  cm.170x90
Ref.0866/15/1099  Tiger rug c.1920 cm.132x73
Ref.0866/16/1099  Tiger rug c.1920  cm.
Ref.7396/34/699  Tiger rug c.1920  cm.174x90
Ref.7752/34/399  Tiger rug c.1930  cm.173x95
Symbols, in all Chinese decorative arts, not only depict objects but, most important , suggest a deeper meaning. In rug weaving and more generally in textiles, the Tiger pattern has been very popular all around Asia. The Tiger  is the symbol of courage, fierceness and was a model for the soldier. The Tiger was also frequently painted on the walls of houses  to scare aways demons. As a protection against malignant spirits the tiger's head was embroidered on the shoes of small children.The carpets presented in this page are all from Baotou ( Inner Mongolia ) and show tigers roaring and  moving with stealthy steps in a hilly ground, often in the night. Other symbols  frequently associated with the tiger are the Moon, The Fungus of Immortality, The Bat, The Cassia-tree and The Eagle.