Gabbeh – Persian Tribal Rugs

GABBEH are tribal woven rugs from Fars Province in southwestern Iran, formerly Persia.

The best rugs come from the Qashqai (sometimes spelled Gashgai), a Turkic tribe. They are fiercely independent, possessing great dignity and culture. Their geometric and stylized floral motifs and designs reflect their long cultural and weaving heritage.

The superb wool in Gabbeh Persian carpets comes from the vast flocks of sheep that graze in mountain or valley pastures, depending on the season. The Quashqai hand spin and vegetable dye their wool. They weave the carpets on portable looms of tree branches that sit only inches from the ground. The looms can easily be taken up and brought with them if they need to follow their flocks.

See the Background section for more in-depth information on Gabbeh.