A Gabbeh is a handmade Persian rug, traditionally woven by Qashqai or Luri weavers in Iran. These rugs are and were simple, whimsical, or modern in design, often using geometric and stylized human, animal and plant forms. The word Gabbeh translates closely to unfinished or unclipped.
Their patterns are simple and not particularly detailed. Yet they are the most famous nomadic carpets from Iran. Gabbeh carpets are knotted by the nomads of the Ghashghai tribe in the Fars province of Iran. The basic material is hand-spun wool, which is then dyed using natural colors obtained from plants and minerals. Gabbeh carpets are relatively high with a thickness of up to 2.5 cm.
In Persian Gabbeh means raw or natural. The perfect name for these nomadic carpets, whose design language is reduced to the essentials. Often one finds a simple animal or plant motive, like camels or trees on the carpet. These motifs are inspired by the everyday surroundings of nomads.