Persian Rug 08

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Material: Wool
Size: 3’10” x 6’4”
Origin: Southwest Persia


This piece is a colourful early 20th century gabbeh rug from the Zagros mountains of southwest Persia, probably woven by the Luri tribe. Gabbeh in Farsi means 'unclipped', hence the longish pile. The carpet features brilliant iconography, including a variety of abstracted flora and fauna. It also has two medallions containing flowers woven in the central panel and an exquisite wild crabs border. The rug features beautiful abrash or shifts in colour, which is caused by small lot dyeing in the indigo field.

Tribal carpets are typically made by nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes from various parts of the world. Their designs are different from modern, commercial carpets, in that they are mostly raw, abstract and somewhat naïve. Typically, women weave the carpets without a set design in mind during the weaving process, which results in the variations in the patterns, and the irregular shapes of the carpets. These “perfect imperfections” are the delicate nuances, that add to the beauty of each one-of-a-kind handwoven carpet. Every tribal carpet has a unique story that comes from weaver’s thoughts and expressions. Elements like flowers, plants, human beings, birds, and animals such as dogs, sheep and camels often feature, giving a base to the storyline.