Gabbeh, geometric fantasy of Southern Persia

Outstanding examples from a Florentine Collection
In the photo: Lori Gabbeh, Southern Persia, late 19th c., ex E.Herrmann (published), 126 x 215 cm.

Gabbeh tribal rugs from Southern Iran are well known by carpet collectors and dealers since the latest part of the last century when they surfaced on the Western market scene for the first time.They differ substantially from traditional and more common tribal or village Persian rugs, for the long pile, the bright and vibrant coloring and the outstanding geometrics of their patterns with bold plain areas.

Until few decades ago, these carpets were rarely exported being used only locally as beds or floor coverings in the cold nights of the Fars mountains where nomads set up their Summer or Winter camps. A peculiar and very rare type of Gabbeh, called “Patuee”, was used for blankets, showing the great skills of nomad weavers. This rugs, in fact, are double-sided, having the pile on both sides with two different patterns.

This collection was formed during more than twenty years by a passionate rug lover who selected the best pieces available in international auctions and from leading collectors. Most of them were published and are considered among the best examples of their kind.

In the photo gallery:
  1. Gabbeh Patuee (double-sided), Southern Persia, first half 20th c., 150×155 cm.
  2. Qasqa’i Gabbeh, Southern Persia, late 19th c., ex Bornet Collection (published), 126×184 cm.
  3. Qasqa’i Gabbeh, ( filikli like), Southern Persia, late 19th c., ex Bornet Collection (published), 126×184 cm.