Skip the ads and learn a bit about some traditional Persian Rug Symbols. You will find: Water was very important for survival. Gardens represent Paradise or Heaven in Persian lore and include lots of plants and animal life. Paradise birds represent Paradise. Parrots are protection symbols and antelopes represent restfulness as to be found in Paradise. The Boteh or paisley symbol has many meanings. Some see it as a leaf. Others say it represents a seed and the prospect of a new beginning. In India, it was considered to be a symbol of a hand. In the Zoroastrian faith of Iran, it is considered to be a flame.