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Lori Gabbeh Collection

History of Gabbeh Rugs

Gabbeh is the name for a particular kind of rug; a Gabbeh rug has a simple design, hand knotted with pure wool dyed naturally, finished with a thick pile. Otherwise known as "sleeper mats' because of their thick pile, the word “Gabbeh” translates to “in the rough." Gabbeh rugs were originally made by women from tribes in the south-west of Persia. Original designs were very basic with only a limited number of decorative patterns, mostly geometric mix of objects resembling animals, humans (kids) or trees (abstracts), coarsely knotted with brightly coloured wool.