|Unique Late 19th C. Tibetan Antique Rug Sitting rug. Pheonix center, Bats at the corners with swastika woven inner border. Auspicious Learning Symbols and streming Khatas (ceremonial scarfs) along the border. Framed this becomes a masterpiece of Tibetan culture, a very worthy piece. mid level
The phoenix bird symbolizes immortality, resurrection and life after death.
Bats are the emblem of good fortune. When something is depicted upside-down it means it has arrived, so the common depiction of an upside-down bat symbolizes good fortune has arrived.
The Swastika is a good-luck symbol and is conducive to well-being. In the Buddhist tradition, the swastika symbolizes the feet or footprints of the Buddha. With the spread of Buddhism, it has passed into the iconography of China and Japan where it has been used to denote abundance, prosperity and long life. In India, Hindus use the swastika at thresholds, doors, and offerings. In ancient Mesopotamia it was a favourite symbol on coinage, In Scandinavia it was the symbol for the god Thor's hammer. In early Christian art it was called the gammadion cross because it was made of four gammas.