A Gabbeh is a hand-woven pile rug of coarse quality characterized by an abstract design that relies upon open fields of color and a playfulness with geometry. This type of rug is popular among the populations of the Zagros Mountains of Iran, including Kurdish, Luri and Qashqai people and is usually crafted by women.
The word Gabbeh loosely translates to raw, uncut or unfinished, which was true decades ago. Today’s modern Gabbeh rugs are filled with bright colors and bold designs with weavers giving free rein to their creativity. The only thing that has remained unchanged is the unmistakable uniqueness of each rug.
Weavers of Gabbeh rugs do not follow any patterns. Instead, they draw inspiration from their surroundings and from everyday life, which contributes to the exclusive designing.
Every design has a story behind it. Some rugs may simply depict the landscape or animals that moved or inspired the weaver while other designs may tell a tale or convey the weaver’s emotion with symbols and figures representing parts of the weaver’s narrative.
It is this intrinsically personal and unsystematic process that renders a Gabbeh a completely distinctive work of art and which distinguishes it from many other types of designs, weaving or knotting processes in rug making. It also makes it difficult to classify the designs of these rugs as they do not follow any preset rules.
The patterns of these rugs are usually basic with only a limited number of decorative objects which are mostly rectangular representations of different animals.
Bold, bright colors – oranges, reds, rusts, and yellows, are the hallmark of Gabbeh rugs. Gabbehs are made of natural, handspun wool yarn and only organic dyes, many from plants, are used including indigo, walnut husks, madder root, and pomegranate.
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