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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 Gabbeh rugs were originally made by women from tribes in the south-west of Persia.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. 

Kilim Collection

History of Kilim Rugs

The word "Kilim" originated from the Persian word "gelim", which means "to spread roughly". Kilim rugs originated in Turkey and dates back to the ancient times - during the eleventh century A.D. Traditionally, a Kilim rug is not only used for interior decor. It is a popular dowry item given to brides and it is also used for religious purposes by serving as a prayer rug. But more than the practical functionality of Kilims, these rugs are a form of art which carries a piece of cultural heritage, tradition and self expression. Kilims are rich masterpieces, with deep symbolisms that are integrated within their patterns.