Gabbeh 2/10/2020 2:22:54 PM

Gabbeh, A Pile Rug With History!

The first Gabbehs were not dyed. Woven with un-dyed wool, they were beige, brown, or ivory. The weavers were simply trying to make a thick, warm sleeping rug to protect against the cold mountain air in southern Iran. They obviously were not entertaining the idea of marketing it, so the finished work was free of any shapes or patterns. As a matter of course, time and taste brought about small variations in the later Gabbehs. The weavers through their personal relationship with the rug, made it more appealing by adding color and primitive shapes resembling people, animals and plants - those being the only entities in their surroundings. The industrious Qashqai tribespeople, a major and prolific producer of Gabbeh rugs - settled in their mountain villages in Fars Province, Iran - are responsible for the great variety of colors dyed into later Gabbehs. 
The current appreciation of Gabbeh and the consequent demand for it was nonexistent until late twentieth century, when an Iranian entrepreneur employed Qashqai and Lur weavers and began producing Gabbeh rugs in large quantities. Natural, handspun wool yarn and plant dyes paired with the simple patterns and basic weave make Gabbeh a less expensive variety of Persian carpet - hence its present market demand.
The word, “Gabbeh” in Farsi is said to refer to a raw, uncut object. The rawness is what makes Gabbeh rugs the right fit for modern interiors and an easy companion to oriental rugs. The thick pile that dates back to its origins, reminiscent of the warmth of its initial creation, aligns Gabbeh with industry’s modern pile and shag rugs, which have gained enormous popularity in recent years on the market.
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