We pass on our knowledge of the unique and authentic craftsmanship of traditional nomadic rugs with Rugtales. Learn more about the collections and find your unique piece.
What are Gabbeh?
Gabbeh are rugs with a high pile made by Gashgai and Lori nomads in the province of Fars. These rugs were used to sleep on since the high pile provides warmth. The grainy surface originates from the uneven, hand-spun and lanolin-rich wool. Gabbeh occur in natural colors but also in strong primary colors. Motifs are rare on Gabbeh, but they often represent things that surround nomads on a daily basis.
Our new Gabbeh
Gabbeh rugs are made by Gashghai and Lori nomads, who live in the province of Fars around the city of Shiraz. Gabbeh are mostly made of hand spun wool and dyed with natural colours. In the local language, Gabbeh is the name for a high pile rug, which most probably was meant to be used to sleep on already thousands of years ago. Classic Gabbeh are very colourful in imaginative geometric designs. Modern Gabbeh today occur mostly in plain and monochrome designs. But even today you’ll find stylized patterns from nomad’s everyday life like goats, camels, dogs, plants or people in the rugs. The hand spun wool gives the rugs a grainy but soft surface. Mostly rugs have natural cream, brown and grey tones, but one can also find vivid yellow, red or blue.
Gabbeh which have a high knot density and thus are very fine and valuable rugs are called "Rizbaf". Our modern Rizbaf are of super high quality and follow a contemporary aesthetic in design and colors.
Gabbeh Super Pile
These high piled Gabbeh have a very archaic and natural structure and appearance. The wool is not only handspun but also not cut at the end but intertwined so that the threads are particularly thick. The outstanding wool threads are up to 5cm long. The wool is dyed with natural colors.
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