Animal motifs were a major theme in ancient Persian ornamentation. Many of them had spiritual significance, such as the Four Creatures of Lion, Bull, Eagle, and Man which found their way into the vision of Ezekiel in the Bible. Other Persian animals were mythic composites like the winged bulls at Persepolis or the griffins in this example. I interwove the griffins with flower and plant designs to make this imperial carpet design, unfortunately never created as a real Oriental rug. I have a collection of small and medium-sized Oriental rugs and have covered almost all my floor space with them.
CorelDraw and Photoshop, around 2000, ancient Persia. You are invited to click for larger view.