Double-headed Birds Qashqai Gabbeh

A sturdy, heavy and somewhat tightly woven gabbeh with an unusual abrashed golden brown field. The weaver has skilfully drawn the outlines of three vertical poles of diamonds: a larger scale column in the centre, supported on either side by a smaller scale column. The field colour acts as the fill colour for the diamonds, a rather uncommon design feature. The rest of the field is dotted with what appear to be double-headed birds. An unusual single border surrounds the central drawing, filled with a somewhat rare connected two petalled shrub trellis. A relatively closer clipped pile of shiny 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.

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Country of Origin: Iran

Size: 4'0" x 8'3"

Age: circa 1920

Material: wool

Product Code: A49-028

Price: Rs65,000

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