Yes but remember you have several known, and surely some unknown, cultures between the "Persians" and the "Egyptians".
Plus because the articulation of icons within the winged design on the rug, or for that matter on the bas-relief are not as faithfully delineated as in the painted murals found in Egypt, much of the original import of that symbolism has been lost.
And, to complicate this exercise even further, we are sure, this complex icon has roots stretching back further than even the old Kingdom of "Egypt".
Tracing the designs found on a 19th century rugs is fun but usually leads to such a cul-de-sac and, quite frankly, that's why RK is not very concerned or interested in the vast majority of 19th century rugs.
You did, by asking your question stimulate us to post here some images to demonstrate our statement these rugs have Egyptian iconography and calling them by a Persian name is misplaced.
First, here is the bas-relief from Persepolis you cited:
Next is a statue from the Old Kingdom period in Egypt
During this period, from circa 2700-2575 BC to circa 2200-2150, the great stone pyramids of Meidum, Saqqara and Giza were built.
This small statue, which is 7.5 cm, portrays King Khufu (Cheops) of the 4th Dynasty. He commissioned the largest pyramid at Giza. The statue was found by Petrie at Abydos in 1903 during his excavations there and is 7.5 cm.
The next photo shows the later style of drawing which is based on the earlier model the statue above originates. It is the style the carvers at Persepolis reproduced.
In the carpet, the weavers added palm fronds which also are a frequent icon used in later
Egyptian art as this mural painting shows:
Though they did not distinctly represent another important icon, the sun-disk, the weavers did intimate it in the winged scarab found in the panel above the seated figure. Here is an Egyptian version of the sun-disk placed between two seated figures that are quite reminiscent of the rugs personage:
The final photo we chose shows the Egyptian complex icon of the winged scarab and sun-disk combination that provided the model for the design the Persian weavers placed above the figure:
This magnificent pectoral shows the Sun god represented
by both the scarab and the falcon, fused as one icon. Also, the scarab and the eye of
Horus both are thought here to supposedly represent the Moon, which is shown as a crescent. It is constructed of gold, lapis lazuli, calcite, turquoise, and glass and was found on the mummy of Tutankhamun.
As you can see, with the proper orientation and research materials it is quite easy to trace how a design like the pseudo-Persepolis one can be traced.
RK has spent much time researching the derivation of much earlier iconography and we always like to point out how we proved a design formerly known as the”key-hole” has nothing to do with keys or holes.
Should you, or any of other readers, be interested this information is online in the “Archaeology and Anatolian Kelims” exhibition on the Weaving Art Museum website, Plate One.
For those new readers the Weaving Art Museum is located at:
and the specific page we referenced is:
Thanks for your reply and explanation.
I agree with you that it is an interesting rug, with an interesting mix of design elements and styles.
I looked up some information on Persepolis and there is a picture of a bas-relief from which the scene in this rug seems to be an almost direct copy. In particular, the "eagle-king" design at the top looks to be very similar to one found on that ancient sculpture in Persepolis.
I'm not sure how to post a picture of it here, but this is a URL to the close-up picture of the eagle on the bas-relief. http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/PA/IRAN/PAAI/IMAGES/PER/CH/4C12_4.html.
I don't know anything about Egyptian or Persian ancient history, but are you indicating that this eagle-king design was adopted by the ancient Persians from the Egyptians?
Thanks again, James.