Abstract: With the rise of the Safavids, carpet weaving art attained an unparalleled prosperity. The motifs in these carpets that took privilege of a wide range of the paintings, demonstrate ideological, religious, social evolutions and also their creators thinking. One of the important Persian carpet motifs is hunting group motifs including the hunting, hunting ground and engaging that achieved an unrivaled glory in Safavid era. Social and religious themes within the religious value systems in the visual discourse of Safavids hunting ground carpets are one of the most important foundations of the formation of these motifs. The current research mainly attempts to find answers to the questions that: what would be the relation between hunting group motifs and the value systems of Safavid society? In what spectra the related value systems have been placed and to what extent they have played roles in semantic evolution of the hunting ground motifs? Therefore within the framework of the current researchs objectives, based on the documents and manuscripts dating back to Safavid era, an analysis of the values systems of hunting ground motifs in the relevant era is first presented and then the hunting motifs are categorized on the basis of value systems. The present research seeks to examine the engaging motifs using a semantic-semiotic approach in one of the relevant scenes in Safavid carpet. One of the research findings is that, in formation of artistic discourse including carpet, the presence of thinking and social contexts is irrefutable. Thus, it would be possible to read and interpret semiotic systems in a discursive trend to be able to extend the semantic aspect of the motifs and value-based spectra such as religion, moral, ideological and ritual values can also contribute to the fruition of hunting ground motifs.
Iman Zekaryaei Kermani and Atefeh Dineli, 2016. An Analytic Reading of Hunting Group Motifs in the Safavid Carpet with an Emphasis on Value Systems (Case Study: Hunting Ground Carpet Preserved in Miho Museum, Kyoto). The Social Sciences, 11: 2526-2540.