History

Woven to tell a story.
Every rug is one of a kind.

Woven for centuries, Gabbeh are tribal rugs favored among the Kurdish, Luri and Qashqai people the Zagros Mountains in Iran. Traditionally, the knotting and weaving of nomadic carpets are a woman's domain and area of expertise. True nomadic rugs such as the Gabbeh are almost exclusively knotted for personal use and often the woman's spirit and natural artisanship are quite apparent in these personal interpretations of their life.

These rugs are a byproduct of a pastoral lifestyle, produced using wool from their herd and dyes from native plants. The women are often seen spinning the long-fibred wool by hand. The vegetal dyes are extracted from the indigenous plants and roots of the region, prepared using traditional recipes developed over generations. Gabbeh are usually woven on horizontal looms, which can be assembled quickly and easily — a necessity for these nomadic people of Iran.

A distinct characteristic of Gabbeh rugs is a very thick pile, woven in a relatively low knot density. Designs are typically geometric and symbolic in shape and style. Gabbeh weavers may be telling a story, depicting a landscape or even conveying an emotion. Most commonly, Gabbeh will be asymmetric with figures and symbols depicting parts of the weaver's "tale". It is this subjective and random process that renders a genuine Gabbeh a completely unique work of art.

The word Gabbeh translates from Fārsi
meaning raw, uncut or natural.

Styles of Gabbeh

Our rugs generally fall into one of the following categories

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