Grey-black Bauhaus Gabbeh

This handsome gabbeh can be likened to a modern painting by an artist influenced by the Bauhaus school of design. Possibly the work of a Luri or Bakhtiari nomadic lady, this could well have been woven by a mother and daughter team where the senior weaver is teaching this art to a novice pupil. An elegant set of eighteen blocks in undyed white wool are laid in three columns on a brownish grey undyed wool field. Each block contains a smaller block within: the top twelve in indigo and the bottom six in grey brown. The set of blocks is flanked on the top and bottom with rows of three concentric diamonds formed with stepped colourful squares. The rug is narrower at the top than the bottom, a very attractive tribal feature, and the border is filled with beautiful animal or geometric icons in undyed wool. Two supplementary horizontal abstract borders have been added at the top and bottom ends. Shiny long staple mountain 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.

Country of Origin: Iran

Size: 4'7" x 7'0"

Age: circa 1920

Material: wool

Product Code: A49-031

Price: Rs65,000

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