antique lion gabbeh qashqa'i kashkuli tribe fars province southwest persia

Antique Lion Gabbeh, Qashqa'i - Kashkuli Tribe, Fars Province, South-West Persia.


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Wow!! A rare and fabulous lion gabbeh has just arrived from Iran!
Gabbehs like this are very rare these days and this is a particularly finely-knotted and exceptional lion rug, made by the Kashkuli taifeh within the Qashqa'i Confederacy around 1850-1870. The lion, which roamed the Zagros Mountains in western Iran until the last sighting of a carcass in the 1950s, is superbly drawn in this magnificent gabbeh.
The male lion depicted here is as good as any in Parviz Tanavoli's book 'Lion Rugs' book but for a similar example, see page 81. Tanavoli wrote this book in 1985 and estimated the gabbeh featured on page 81 to be well over 100 years old back then.
The four 'crowns' in pale-blue represent the lion as king and symbolised bravery to the nomadic Kashkuli tribe. They were used in the black tents on a daily basis and thus very few have survived today. This gabbeh has had an area of re-knotting which can be seen at the back and tail area of the lion and which has been very well done. However, to match the superior quality and colour of the old wool, this is very difficult today.
The importance of the lion in ancient Persia was such that Persia was called 'the land of lions'.
Size: 1.90m x 1.40m (6' 3" x 4' 7").
Viewing by appointment only.
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