In Persian it means 'fringe'. Also translated to unclipped or long pile carpets. The Gabbeh is a very simple hand-woven rug, traditionally tribal made by nomadic people, in southern Iran, Pakistan and India. It's distinctive naive style is especially suited to modern and eclectic interiors. The early weaver was given only the cotton for the base, along with dyed woolen yarn. He had no pattern, but looked at his surroundings and reproduced what he saw. Therefore each carpet is 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 there are over-all abstract patterns or bold stripes. Due to great demand for the Pak-Gabbeh, patterns were eventually made of the more popular designs.
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