Your first rug does not portray
a Lion at all. It is a goat. It has two horns. When was the last time you
saw a Lion with horns?
I suspect that part of the
reason for the less-than-realistic lions is due to the horizontal nature
of the design. It would be like writing vertically on a piece of paper
instead of horizontally, but without turning the paper or your
Note that most of the other motifs on these types of rugs are
woven as though the rug was to be viewed vertically rather than
Also, Tanavoli speculated that some of these
representations were based not on actual lions, but lion sculptures. Some
of these are rather abstract in appearance.
Chuck, yours does look more
like a lion, but it also looks like a friendly dog waiting for a treat.
You probably really only bought that rug for the beautifully
rendered odd duck directly under the Lion.
Here is my Lion Rug, which
is actually a Horse Cover. The Lions are only a small part of the overall
design, as opposed to the major motif in typical Lion Rugs.
Even these lions are
placed vertically, top-to-bottom, similar to most Lion Rugs. You can see
by the tassels to the left that the piece is actually hanging on the wall,
with the "top" to the left.
They may be a bit difficult to make out as
lions, but I suspect they were copied from lion statues.