Peacock and Goat Hooked Boteh Gabbeh

This relatively old and rare example of a Gabbeh was likely woven by the Luri tribe, well known for their spontaneous compositions, naïve irregularities and a passion for colour. A central pool is placed in the middle of the red field, surrounded by a plethora of icons representing four legged animals (probably goats), double-headed long-tailed birds (probably peacocks) and a large number of unusual geometric botehs or paisleys with hooks. Three narrow borders frame the field, of which the outer two represent reciprocal mountain peaks dissolving into a barber pole pattern, in a mix of vivid bright colours – most of them natural with some chemicals mixed in. The reds and oranges stand out strongly.

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.

Country of Origin: Iran

Size: 3'6'' x 5'7''

Age: Early 20th century

Material: Wool

Product Code: A49-042

Price: Rs75,000

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