Eight Floral Squares Gabbeh

This rug is a true Gabbeh. The term “gabbeh” is a Farsi word, literally translating to “unclipped”. These rugs are woven by nomadic tribes from the Zagros Mountains area of southwestern Persia. The high altitude sheep from this region yield a rich quality of wool with a strong lanolin content, which is what gives these rugs the shine and gloss that is apparent in high quality gabbehs. The iconography is simple, naïve, and surprisingly modern.

This particular piece was likely woven by the Bakhtaran tribe, well known for their fondness for weaving panels on their rugs, each grid square containing a different icon that they may have encountered in the areas around their tents or during their migrations. The eight panels drawn on this rug seem to all draw from vivid floral iconography. The panels, in turn, are flanked by a row of three goats at the top and eight goats at the bottom, and a smattering of random filler elements. An outstanding golden camel field provides a beautiful palette for the drawing. The overall composition is framed by an unusually wide barber pole border in a broad spectrum of colours. The brown shades have been derived from natural or undyed colours. There has been some minimal repair.

Country of Origin: Iran

Size: 3'6'' x 6'7''

Age: Mid 20th century

Material: Wool

Product Code: A49-039

Price: Rs80,000

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