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Persian Gabbeh
Persian Gabbeh
Persian Gabbeh

Handmade Persian Gabbeh
Rug No. 11618
186 x 126 cm
6' 1" x 4' 2"
Price: $590

Handmade Persian Gabbeh
Rug No. 11618
186 x 126 cm
6' 1" x 4' 2"
Price: $590
About Persian Gabbeh Rugs:

Persian Gabbeh is a hand-knotted ( handmade ) thick Persian rug with long pile. It is made by the nomads of
Fars province in south west Iran, of which the famous city of Shiraz is the capital. The most famous nomad
group of this region is the
Qashqai Tribe. Although the existing few old pieces of Gabbeh rugs are not more
than 100 years old, but the existence of
Persian Gabbeh was recorded in an order issued by Shah
Tahmasp, the second monarch of the Safavid dynasty (1502-1736) to use
Gabbeh among other rugs to
welcome and honor King Homayun of India who took refuge to Iran. Tahmasp was only ten when he
succeeded his brother Shah Ismail at 1519 and became the king of Persia. Shah Tahmasp ruled Iran for 53
years. He assisted Homayun to regain his power and throne. Shah Tahmasp himself knew how to do miniature
painting and he had made few rug designs himself.

Gabbeh like many other types of Persian rugs is made with local handspun wool and vegetable dye. The
KPSI (knot per square inch) is around 50. The foundation of authentic Persian Gabbeh (the warp) is wool, so
Gabbeh is a wool on wool rug. Since there are no chemicals and synthetics involved in its material and dye, it
is fair to say that
Gabbeh is a nature, weaver and user friendly rug. Natural dye and fine local wool with long
fibers make the wool lustrous. The designs are simple and children like paintings which bring peace of mind to
homes and offices which use Gabbeh as floor covering. Although tribal and rural, but the abstract and cubist
designs of Persian Gabbeh look so modern and match the interiors of today's homes. Simplified human,
animal, and tree motives are usually utilized by Gabbeh weavers who use their imaginations and the
environment around them to weave such designs.

In the past,
Gabbeh and other rugs made by the nomads were not for sale and they were made for domestic
use at homes and tents. Therefore, the weavers were free to use the designs and motives they liked, since
they did not have to take the customers' or the market's taste into account. It is difficult to classify the designs
Gabbehs, as there are many designs which do not follow any preset rules therefore do not fall into specific
Handmade Persian Gabbeh Rugs 11618