0082-Gabbeh

Gabbeh Western persia

The Ghashghai tribe is famous for its fine representative floral rugs. But for everyday life, the nomads used high-pile gabbehs inside their black tents. They served their purpose during hard times of travel and in winter camps, and they were also used as blankets. According to literature on the subject, gabbehs were originally knotted by the Lurs. These warm rugs were then borrowed by other Persian tribes who were exposed to the harsh climatic conditions of the Zagros Mountains.

This Ghashghai gabbeh is knotted from the best wool. There are several rows of warps between the rows of knots, which makes the pile like an animal hide and gives it a soft feel. The pattern and the composition are classic per se, but the design elements have been ingeniously simplified to the basics. The reciprocal main border has a single-coloured edge. Gussets accentuate and convey the corners of the field, which features two large diamond-shaped medallions. Thanks to its vibrant clarity, this gabbeh is a masterpiece in its genre.

Property of: Herbert Bieler, Vienna
Size: 194 x 131 cm
Age: 2nd half 19th century
Condition: very good
Basic weave: wool
Pile: wool