A charming Bakhtiari gabbeh comprising a symmetrical even grid filled with diagonal coloured rows in Christmas red and green, flanked by more diagonal rows in white, black, and a single row of deep red squares. A lovely zigzag ribbon border plays the role of the outer guard, protecting a bold black and white chessboard major border. A beautiful floppy blanket like handle and terrific oily high sheen wool.
The term "gabbeh" is a Farsi word, literally translating to "unclipped". Gabbehs are woven by nomadic tribes from the Zagros mountain chain of southwestern Persia. The high altitude sheep from these areas yield rich quality wool with a strong lanolin content, which is what gives these rugs the shine and gloss seen in top quality gabbehs. The iconography of these rugs is simple, naive, and surprisingly "modern". Gabbehs are woven by a number of tribes in this region, the most prolific of which are the Qashqai, followed in smaller numbers by the Luri and Bakhtiari groups.