Smattering Colour Gabbeh

A highly abstract gabbeh composition in a smattering range of bits of colour on a red field. Likely woven by a Luri nomad, this rug has a relatively heavy and tight construction piled with medium to long clipped wool. These rare rugs are sometimes thought to be woven with small bits of coloured wool in a whole rainbow of colours, the bits coming from remnants of wool left over from other rugs, hence providing an unusually wide range of colours. An attempt has been made to provide an abstract single border which is more visible in the top half of the rug, almost dissolving and disappearing into the field in the lower half. Lovely long staple 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 6'0"

Age: circa 1920

Material: wool

Product Code: A49-030

Price: Rs65,000

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