Cream Handmade Vintage Chinese Rug With Persian Rugs Tribal Gabbeh Style

Cream Handmade Vintage Chinese Rug With Persian Rugs Tribal Gabbeh Style

Cream Handmade Vintage Chinese Rug With Persian Rugs Tribal Gabbeh Style

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This Chinese shag rug is in the style of tribal Persian Gabbeh rugs made with an extra high pile and very simple, graphic designs focused on the use of colour, which can be vibrant or soft and earthy. As pieces made for domestic consumption rather than commercial value in the marketplace, Gabbeh rugs have a cultural authenticity that renders them highly desirable to collectors. Nevertheless, with their lustrous, soft wool and emphasis on colour over design detail, they are extremely usable today as decorative rugs, especially in informal modern settings. A Gabbeh is a type of traditional tribal carpet originally made by the Qashqai Tribe in the Zagros Mountains of Iran. The word can be translated as uncut or unfinished and refers to the fact that Gabbeh rugs have a rough, Primitive look. Gabbeh designs are characterized by broad fields of colour with playful geometric forms and animal or human figures. The Qashqai has always been renowned weavers, and even today the weaving of Gabbeh rugs and other wool items form a significant part of their culture and economy. They are an ancient people who arrived in Iran in a wave of nomadic migration roughly coinciding with the invasion of Genghis Khan in the 13th century. Traditionally, the weaving of these rugs is done by the women on portable looms that are easily assembled in keeping with a nomadic lifestyle. A well-made vintage rug from Gabbeh has a deep pile, often an inch thick and a relatively low knot density. Since Gabbehs have traditionally made for informal home use, their designs usually are not stylized and the full creativity of the maker can be expressed. Designs sometimes tell a story, depict a particular place or show an everyday situation. Colors are not subtle, there is no attempt to be subdued! Gabbehs were not originally produced for the retail market. Different from other antique carpets old Persian Gabbeh rugs were not influenced by commercial demand. These works of art were not created to order but to fulfil the weaver's artistic endeavours and for their personal use.


W126.0 x D181.0 cm



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21st Century


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