Persian Gabbeh and Isfahan Rugs

In Farsi, the word Gabbeh means something raw or natural, uncut or "in the rough". Gabbeh's are the world's best-known coarsely woven Iranian tribal rugs.  Woven for centuries, Gabbeh rugs are from tribal regions in the south central Zagros mountain range and plains.

The orginal and simple Gabbeh rugs are a very thick pile, woven in a relatively low knot density, while the Lori Gabbeh's are a tighter weave and more detailed with a high knot density. Designs are typically geometric and symbolic in shape and style.  Gabbeh weavers may be telling a story, depicting a landscape or scene, or even conveying an emotion.  Most commonly Gabbeh's are woven to tell a story, with figures and symbols depicting parts of the weaver's story. This subjective and random process creates a completely unique work of art, distinct from other Persian rugs and from many other types of weaving or knotted rugs in general.

Isfahan rugs are well known as some of the highest quality rugs available with centuries of history. They are classic oriental rugs with vine and flower motives, standard in hand knotted traditional rugs.  Our rugs are light and neutral with minimal contrast to match the modern home aesthetic.

Each rug illustrated here is a unique hand knotted rug.