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Geometric Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 3x9 Wool Runner Rug

Geometric Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 3x9 Wool Runner Rug

8' 10'' X 2' 8'' $642 $270
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Animal Pictorial Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 3x9 Wool Runner Rug

Animal Pictorial Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 3x9 Wool Runner Rug

9' 4'' X 3' 3'' $1,393 $585
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Teal Blue Tribal Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 3x9 Wool Runner Rug

Teal Blue Tribal Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 3x9 Wool Runner Rug

9' 1'' X 3' 4'' $1,072 $450
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Antique Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 3x6 Wool Runner Rug

Antique Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 3x6 Wool Runner Rug

5' 10'' X 3' 2'' $1,265 $531
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Modern Gabbeh Indian Oriental Hand-Knotted 7x10 Wool Area Rug

Modern Gabbeh Indian Oriental Hand-Knotted 7x10 Wool Area Rug

9' 8'' X 6' 6'' $731 $307
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Orange Modern Gabbeh Oriental Hand-Knotted 6x9 Wool Area Rug

Orange Modern Gabbeh Oriental Hand-Knotted 6x9 Wool Area Rug

9' 4'' X 6' 2'' $731 $307
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Natural Dye Animal Pictorial Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 7x10 Wool Area Rug

Natural Dye Animal Pictorial Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 7x10 Wool Area Rug

9' 6'' X 6' 6'' $2,053 $862
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One-of-a-Kind Tribal Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 7x9 Wool Area Rug

One-of-a-Kind Tribal Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 7x9 Wool Area Rug

8' 11'' X 6' 10'' $2,057 $864
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Tribal Peach/Turquoise Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 7x10 Wool Area Rug

Tribal Peach/Turquoise Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 7x10 Wool Area Rug

9' 8'' X 6' 5'' $2,356 $989
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Antique Tribal Geometric Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 6x10 Wool Coral Rug

Antique Tribal Geometric Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 6x10 Wool Coral Rug

9' 9'' X 6' 2'' $1,641 $689
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Tribal Geometric Gabbeh Turkish Oriental 7x10 Area Rug

Tribal Geometric Gabbeh Turkish Oriental 7x10 Area Rug

10' 0'' X 6' 6'' $603 $253
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Geometric Gabbeh Turkish Oriental 5x7 Area Rug

Geometric Gabbeh Turkish Oriental 5x7 Area Rug

7' 5'' X 4' 11'' $310 $130
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One of a Kind Tribal Geometric Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 4x6 Wool Area Rug

One of a Kind Tribal Geometric Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 4x6 Wool Area Rug

6' 0'' X 3' 11'' $805 $338
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Animal Pictorial Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 5x8 Wool Area Rug

Animal Pictorial Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 5x8 Wool Area Rug

8' 0'' X 5' 5'' $1,445 $607
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One of a Kind Tribal Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 4x6 Wool Area Rug

One of a Kind Tribal Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 4x6 Wool Area Rug

6' 4'' X 3' 7'' $632 $266
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Checkered Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 3x6 Wool Runner Rug

Checkered Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 3x6 Wool Runner Rug

5' 6'' X 3' 5'' $621 $261
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Modern Checked Gabbeh Persian Hand-Kotted 2x3 Wool Rug

Modern Checked Gabbeh Persian Hand-Kotted 2x3 Wool Rug

2' 9'' X 2' 3'' $255 $107
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Animal Pictorial Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 3x3 Blue Square Rug Wool

Animal Pictorial Gabbeh Persian Hand-Knotted 3x3 Blue Square Rug Wool

3' 1'' X 2' 9'' $255 $107
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Tribal Gabbeh Oriental Hand-Knotted Area Rug Wool 6x9

Tribal Gabbeh Oriental Hand-Knotted Area Rug Wool 6x9

9' 1'' X 5' 11'' $731 $307
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Geometric Tribal Gabbeh Turkish Oriental Area Rug 9x12

Geometric Tribal Gabbeh Turkish Oriental Area Rug 9x12

11' 11'' X 8' 11'' $1,465 $615
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Hand-Knotted Ivory Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Rug Wool 4x6

Hand-Knotted Ivory Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Rug Wool 4x6

5' 10'' X 3' 11'' $546 $229
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Hand-Knotted Ivory Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Rug Wool 3x5

Hand-Knotted Ivory Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Rug Wool 3x5

4' 8'' X 3' 5'' $548 $230
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Hand-Knotted Striped Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Rug Wool 4x5

Hand-Knotted Striped Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Rug Wool 4x5

4' 8'' X 3' 6'' $546 $229
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Hand-Knotted Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Runner Rug Wool 3x6

Hand-Knotted Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Runner Rug Wool 3x6

6' 1'' X 2' 7'' $713 $300
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Hand-Knotted Red Tribal Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Wool Rug 4x6

Hand-Knotted Red Tribal Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Wool Rug 4x6

5' 11'' X 4' 3'' $731 $307
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Hand-Knotted Red Solid Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Wool Rug 5x6

Hand-Knotted Red Solid Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Wool Rug 5x6

6' 1'' X 5' 1'' $730 $306
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Hand-Knotted Brown Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Wool Rug 4x5

Hand-Knotted Brown Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Wool Rug 4x5

5' 2'' X 3' 9'' $548 $230
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Hand-Knotted Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Wool Rug 3x5

Hand-Knotted Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Wool Rug 3x5

5' 4'' X 3' 5'' $548 $230
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Hand-Knotted Ivory Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Wool Rug 3x5

Hand-Knotted Ivory Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Wool Rug 3x5

4' 11'' X 3' 5'' $552 $232
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Hand-Knotted Blue Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Wool Rug 4x5

Hand-Knotted Blue Contemporary Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Wool Rug 4x5

4' 11'' X 3' 8'' $693 $291
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Hand-Knotted Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Wool Rug 4x6

Hand-Knotted Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Wool Rug 4x6

5' 9'' X 3' 10'' $730 $306
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Hand-Knotted Solid Blue Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Rug 4x6

Hand-Knotted Solid Blue Gabbeh Shiraz Persian Area Rug 4x6

5' 8'' X 3' 8'' $724 $304

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Gabbeh Rugs are Part of a Rich Persian Tradition

The traditional Gabbeh Persian carpet – known as gava in Kurdish and Luri and called khersak in Bakhtiari – is a simple, hand-woven pile rug traditionally made by the nomadic Qashqai tribes who dwelled in the Zagros Mountains of southern Iran, near the city of Shiraz. Other tribes, such as the Lurs, the Kurds and the Bahktiari also weave these carpets.

In Persian, the word “Gabbeh” means “fringe” or “in the rough.” Gabbeh rugs are rough cut and long piled rugs of rich color and the best quality wool. Most Gabbeh carpets are medium size – up to 3’ x 5’ – and feature abstract designs where shapes and color dance playfully with one another.

Variations of the gabbeh rug – such as the “Loribaft”, “Amaleh”, “Kashkuli” – may reflect the heritage of the tribe by which they are woven or the name of the city in which they are most often traded, such as “a Shiraz Gabbeh.”

The 19th century gabbeh rugs were very coarsely knotted (40kpi or less), often with shaggy pile. The name of Gholam Reza Zollanvari is synonymous with modern Gabbeh rugs. Zollanvari learned the rug business from his grandfather, a merchant in the Shirazi rug bazaar. Zollanvari pioneered the construction of fine-weave gabbehs with knot counts of 200+ kpi. Today, Zollanvari rugs are among the most popular styles of Persian rugs.

The Making of a Gabbeh Rugs: A Craft Shared Across Generations

Most Gabbeh carpets are made by women, and many are one-of-a-kind works of art. Some patterns are passed down thru the generations as mothers and grandmothers teach their daughters the art of Persian rug making. Many patterns reflect the weaver’s observations of the environments through which the tribe has passed. Some rugs are even made by the hands of many weavers.

Traditional Gabbeh rugs were woven on makeshift ground looms. These looms are built with materials are carried long distances by the nomadic tribes, or materials found where the tribe settled. Since each loom is unique, each rug is unique; this is how Gabbeh rugs get their distinctive irregular in shape.

Woven with the Wool of Mountain Sheep

Gabbeh rugs are woven from high quality wool from the tribe’s own sheep. As the tribe herds its sheep over hundreds of miles, the nomads reach high altitudes. In the summers, they stay in the highland pastures north of Shiraz in the Zargos Mountains; by winter they sojourn to pasture lands near the Persian Gulf. Sheep grazed in high altitudes produce more lanolin, giving their wool a luxurious softness and resistance to stain.

Rich, Colorful Dyes Give Gabbeh Carpets a Remarkable Color

The Qashqai people find the dyes used in Gabbeh carpets or purchase them in towns where they trade their finished carpets. Often, they use all-natural vegetable dyes to give the wool vibrant color while retaining its lanolin.

Hand-Knotted Rugs with Turkish Symmetrical Knots and Persian Asymmetrical Knots

Most of the wool used in the construction of Gabbeh rugs is handspun using a drop spindle. After the wool has been dyed and handspun, the weaver uses the loom to hand-knot the rug using Turkish symmetrical knots or Persian asymmetrical knots, or even a combination of the two. Because the all the Qashqai tribes use both types of knots, it is difficult to tell from which individual tribe any one rug has come from.

Gabbeh Rugs Are Small – Often Just 3’ x 5’ in Size

A typical size for a Gabbeh carpet is 3 feet by 5 feet. It can take 18 to 25 hours to weave even a small Gabbeh rug. Tribal Gabbeh rugs usually have lower knot counts compared to other types of Persian carpet. This low knot count and the high quality of wool makes Gabbeh rugs famous for their exceptional durability.

Durable Floor Coverings, Wraps and Bedding to Protect from the Mountain Cold

Gabbeh rugs are often floppy because they have wider rows of multiple wefts. This made the soft, pliable rugs ideal as wraps or bedding to insulate against the bitter cold of the mountains.

Gabbeh rugs are often not symmetrical due to the nomadic lifestyle of their creators, and color variations within a rug are common. Often, the variation in color in a rug tells a story of the tribe’s migration, the climates and environments it encountered, and the tribe members who contributed to its creation.

Where to Buy Gabbeh Rugs

Unless you plan to travel to Iran to shop for Gabbeh rugs in the marketplace, we’d suggest buying a Gabbeh rug online from RugSource.com or visiting our showroom. We’re proud to bring these highly coveted rugs to you – please contact us if you’d like to know more.