A Wonderfully Random Pakistani Gabbeh Rug: 116cm x 79cm


Origin: Northern Pakistan
Style: Pak-Gabbeh
Provenance: N/A
Dated: Late 20th C
Hand Knotted 100% Wool Pile.
Length: 116cms / 3.8 feet
Width: 79cms / 2.6 feet

A wonderfully imbalanced and shambolic Gabbeh, with the much loved all over rainbow striped design, in this instance with darker shades used predominantly in just one half of the piece. The disproportionate feel of the stripes and the colours they are set in works exactly because it shouldn’t with beautiful and intriguing results. A glorious celebration of design and colour.

From the Persian meaning 'fringe', Gabbeh can also be translated to unclipped or long pile carpets. The Gabbeh is traditionally tribal made by nomadic people, in southern Iran, Pakistan and India. They have a distinctive naive style and are especially suited to modern and eclectic interiors.

The early weaver was given only the cotton for the base, along with dyed woolen yarn. He then realized he had no established pattern, so looked at his surroundings and reproduced what he saw making each carpet unique. This spontaneous style recently achieved much wider acceptance, and became very popular at home and abroad.

Generally on a thick, heavy pile it combines large uncluttered fields with the occasional geometric human or animal silhouette. Sometimes, just like this example, there are over-all abstract patterns or bold stripes.