antique gabbeh qashqa'i nomads fars province southwest persia

Antique Gabbeh, Qashqa'i Nomads, Fars Province, South-West Persia.



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Antique 'gabbehs' - thickly-piled rugs for everyday use in the tents and for wrapping up children during the long, cold winter nights - are very rare today. I found this one in the north of England in a filthy state and have since had it thoroughly washed and restored. The result is quite amazing, with the fabulous natural colours glowing and the wool soft and lustrous. Even the original braided end finishes remain intact!
Gabbehs were simplistic in every way - designed to be made quickly and for hard use on the floors of the tents. The designs were the weavers' own art - what they wanted to create and what they saw around them in terms of the colours of the landscape such as the sun setting over the mountains etc. - not in any way following the elegant and probably later weavings with their specific tribal symbols and identity. I love this gabbeh and I hope you will too!
Size: 2.08m x 1.31m (6' 10" x 4' 4").
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