(Posted on 20/10/15)

GabbehGabbeh made by nomadic and semi nomadic tribesmen in the Fars province of southern Persia, they are among the most primitive of all Persian tribal rugs.  However, the wool is good quality and the best items possess an undoubted rustic charm.  Their compositions, which show a distinct Luri influence, are usually simplified versions of the Gashgai pole-medallion design.  They may be dyed in the traditional nomadic palette of blues and reds, or use different shades of natural wool.  More finely woven Gabbeh-style rugs (known as Shulis) are produced in a number of villages in the region, but often lack the character of the nomadic originals; while being decoratively pleasing, they have little or no collectable appeal.  The easiest way to distinguish nomadic from village items is to examine the foundation; nomadic Gabbehs use wool and goat's hair, whereas Shulis use cotton.  Both types are among the cheapest Persian rugs.