A rug for all situations! Naturally beautiful: Gabbeh rugs in THE KNOTS quality. Also with regard to the Gabbeh, tradition and future of rug art are linked. A Gabbeh does not only serve decorative purposes, but also distinguishes itself in other ways. Even nomads used Gabbeh rugs for different purposes: from floor decoration to sleeping accommodation. The Gabbeh was in many ways the center of life as a base. True to its origin, Gabbeh rugs are used today in all living environments. A Gabbeh makes living in any room more comfortable and radiates warmth. A feeling of well-being for all. From the living room to the children's room. Gabbeh rugs are characterized by an abstract design and a play with geometric shapes. Great patterns and colors adorn the rugs and make a Gabbeh a furnishing highlight, which can be combined wonderfully in the room. Especially color fields are typical for a Gabbeh. Like every rug from THE KNOTS, all Gabbeh rugs are truly unique! This uniqueness is once again especially evident in a Gabbeh: their patterns do not follow repeated patterns anyway, but are always created specifically according to the visions of the rug knotters. They are the designers of each individual Gabbeh.
ORIGIN OF THE GABBEH RUGS
Gabbeh rugs, like other rugs from THE KNOTS, are traditional Persian rugs. While other rugs from the Persian region can often be attributed to their place of origin on the basis of their pattern, Gabbeh rugs are more individual in their design. Clear attributions, as in other categories of oriental rugs, are not so easy to make according to the design of a Gabbeh. Nevertheless, the origins of the Gabbeh style can be traced to the Lorestan region in Iran. The Luri people who live there are considered to be the first Gabbeh weavers. But other nomads are also associated with Gabbeh rugs. From Afshars to Kashgai. Above all, the Iranian province of Fars plays a major role in the further development of these rugs. Today, variations of the Gabbeh are also produced in other countries. India, in particular, has a similar type. Such rugs are also produced in China, but they often differ in quality from the Gabbeh from the provinces of Iran. Gabbeh rugs experienced a boom in western countries and an increased interest in their import in the years between 1980 and 1990. Since then, the Gabbeh has also become very popular in Germany. THE KNOTS ensures the continuation of this connection into the 21st century and transports a piece of rug culture via Berlin.
TECHNIQUE OF A GABBEH
The technique of a Gabbeh differs from that of a Kelim rug which is also available in numerous versions at THE KNOTS. Compared to this flat weave, a Gabbeh is more similar to a Berber rug, which also has a higher pile than a Kilim. The high pile of a Gabbeh makes it a very popular piece in the children's rug category. Normally, a Gabbeh is made entirely of wool. Mainly virgin wool is used in the Gabbeh production. This soft wool of the Gabbeh from Persia naturally conveys a real feeling of well-being! Although not clearly identifiable and, as with other rugs, attributable to a particular place, regional differences are also evident in the production of a Gabbeh. Different nomadic tribes prefer different knotting techniques for the respective Gabbeh. A general distinction can be made between a symmetrical knot (also called Turkish knot) and the asymmetrical knot (Persian knot). Overall, a Gabbeh is rather roughly knotted. Additional stability is sometimes provided by a second weft thread. This doubling brings stability to a Gabbeh. This makes a Gabbeh robust and durable. With regard to the coarse weave, a connection between technique and appearance becomes visible. A low knotting density is reflected in the patterns of the Gabbeh. These are also kept rather simple. The aforementioned simplicity does not mean, however, that Gabbeh are not durable. The wool used is very robust and the durability of Persian Gabbeh is very high by nature. This was also an important criterion for the nomads, who demanded a high utility value from the Gabbeh. Traditional rug craftsmanship has been consolidated here over decades, right up to the modern age. Especially in comparison to similar-looking rugs from India or China, the quality of the Gabbeh with roots in Iran, on the other hand, is undisputed.
WHAT DOES A GABBEH LOOK LIKE? WHAT MAKES A GABBEH?
The patterns of a Gabbeh are comparatively simple. Different colours are also used for the background. As with other rugs, for example the vintage rugs from THE KNOTS, the colours red and blue are classic. Brown, yellow, green, beige or grey are also classics. The great variance in the design of a Gabbeh is due to the weaver's very own idea, which is expressed in the rug. Unlike other rugs in the Persian or Oriental categories, Gabbeh follow less clearly defined patterns. Nevertheless, recurring elements are recognisable even across different Gabbeh rugs. Geometric shapes appear again and again. The combination of squares in strong blue or red alternating with rectangular lighter areas of beige, brown, yellow or grey can be found on several Gabbeh. For modern Gabbeh, this "field technique" is more prominent. The squares can be of very different sizes. Small and large squares can be used to create very different patterns and abstract designs. In traditional Gabbeh, the play with basic geometric shapes is sometimes joined by small, concrete motifs, such as animals. These stylised depictions can also include other images of nature such as flowers or landscape elements. Scenes of human interaction also find expression from time to time. All these depictions are also rather simple and easily realised. Above all, however, the play with multicoloured areas - expressive in blue, red, green and yellow or muted in brown, grey and beige - is typical of a Gabbeh. The naturalness of the colours is very important. Translated, Gabbeh means something like "natural" or "raw". This is also reflected in the colours. The new wool is dyed with natural dyes. Plant and insect dyes provide a strong colour spectrum - from indigo for a strong blue to an intense crimson red from scale insects. A natural yellow can be composed of various plant components and, together with indigo, can also produce a green. Brown or beige can be produced with the help of bark or nutshells. Due to the natural dyeing processes, gradations within the colours sometimes occur. Fields, no matter whether they are red, yellow, green or blue, can turn out lighter or darker in one part of a gabbeh. This is quite natural in the truest sense of the word and therefore not untypical for the appearance of a Gabbeh. The naturalness of the colour of a Gabbeh is in line with the rug ideals of THE KNOTS.
HOW DO YOU COMBINE A GABBEH RUG?
Gabbeh rugs have been used in many ways since their creation. They were used by nomads for various purposes, including outdoors. This versatility is an outstanding quality of the Gabbeh. And even today, it can be said that both vintage and modern Gabbeh rugs can be used in different ways. A Gabbeh will fit into any room you live in. The soft virgin wool used makes this rug a cosy companion in all moods. From the living room to the bedroom, Gabbeh rugs can be used and provide a maximum of cosiness. Because of the warmth they radiate, Gabbeh rugs can also be used on a tiled floor in the bathroom to create a feeling of well-being. Gabbeh rugs are also very popular as children's rugs. Children love them in their nursery. The simple shapes also go down well with the little ones, who are delighted with colour fields in blue or red. However, this simplicity in design does not mean that Gabbeh are only for the children's room. Quite the opposite: the minimalist shapes offer many possibilities to combine the rugs successfully. They provide that certain something extra in stylishly furnished homes. The simple, timeless design allows the Gabbeh to be wonderfully combined with other furnishings. For example, they can be used to pick up on other square elements in the room and thus connect them with the floor level. On different floor coverings, the Gabbeh rugs radiate different effects. On modern concrete floors, colour-intensive rugs with fields in the colour red or blue can set certain highlights. Alternatively, items in predominantly beige, brown, grey or black elegantly match such coverings. Gabbeh rugs also look their best on warm wooden floors in bedrooms or living rooms. The colour of the Gabbeh is of course decisive. Depending on the room, a lighter red, for example, may harmonise better as a tone-setting colour than a dark blue. Beige as the basic tone generally promises a harmonious effect. But perhaps yellow or green is just the thing to complement the furnishings. Due to their quality, Gabbeh rugs are a great accessory for any home. In any case, Gabbeh become an eye-catcher and look like a work of art on the floor. The decorative effect of a genuine Gabbeh shines beyond the (rug) measure. Gabbeh rugs in the right sizes can be the missing element for perfect living. As at the beginning of the Gabbeh's history, however, they serve even more purposes than just "looking good". The high pile provides the desired cosiness at the feet, especially in the cold season. In addition, a Gabbeh has a sound-absorbing effect, which makes it functional and is another quality of the rug. Back to the questions about the combinability of Gabbeh rugs: after all, different types of rugs can be brought together. THE KNOTS offers an extensive selection in the category Kelim, Berber or Vintage rug. Our long-lasting rugs are of the appropriate quality and can be used in a variety of ways. Also in combination with our accessories like modern cushions or blankets, which are also available in different colours like red, blue, yellow or grey, our rugs have a special effect. We bring a piece of rug culture - from past to present - to your home. Advice as individual as our rugs is part of our service.
HOW DO YOU CLEAN A GABBEH RUG?
Gabbeh rugs naturally defy dust and dirt and are considered robust rugs. As wool rugs, Gabbeh are therefore naturally resistant. However, over a long period of time, any type of rug will become soiled. If Gabbeh are used as children's rugs, wear and tear can be expected even more quickly. Below, as a service, you will find questions about the care of our products. Over the years, the rugs are exposed to natural wear and tear, for example if they are used in frequently used rooms such as living rooms or dining rooms. As an alternative to professional rug care, there are some precautions and home remedies that support the longevity of rugs. The maintenance routine includes vacuuming and beating. Beating out a rug is the best way to get rid of stubborn dust and is especially recommended for long-pile Gabbeh. For Gabbeh rugs, beating out is a tried and tested technique. A runner is easy to beat out because of its size. The prerequisite is that you have the possibility to hang the respective rug outdoors, i.e. in the open air. There, the rug can be beaten thoroughly with a rug beater. Vacuuming and/or rug beating should be carried out regularly to maintain the good condition of Gabbeh rugs for a long time. In addition, table salt can be used for cleaning. This is moistened and spread over the entire rug and then vacuumed off again after a few hours. Before using this method of rug cleaning, the durability of the colours on the rug should be tested on a concealed area of the rug, for example on the back. In addition, the following home remedies are recommended for special stains: Red wine stains, for example, are particularly annoying on the surface of a Gabbeh in yellow, beige or grey. Such stains in the rug can be treated with salt. Put salt on the stain, moisten it with a little water (if the stain has already dried) and rub it from the outside to the inside (not the other way round!). When everything has dried, you can vacuum the salt off the rug. Alternatively, you can try to remove the stain on the rug with white wine. The best way to get rid of chocolate stains is to let them solidify with the help of ice cubes. Then you can rub them off. Coffee stains on a rug can be cleaned with little effort by putting mineral water or baking soda on the stain. To do this, moisten the baking soda, wait for a while and vacuum when everything has dried. Simple glass cleaner or classic bile soap is also often suitable as an all-purpose stain remover for rugs. If all else fails, try this before having the rug professionally cleaned. Please feel free to contact us if you have any specific questions. Your Gabbeh is also close to our hearts.
SHIPPING OF THE GABBEH RUGS
Part of the service of THE KNOTS is that every Gabbeh rug can be tested free of charge. Simply get in touch with us. THE KNOTS rugs from Berlin are shipped free of charge within Germany - regardless of whether it is a Berber, Kilim, Vintage or Gabbeh rug. The rugs are packed in a box with corresponding sizes for runners or wider pieces. We attach particular importance to ensuring that our products arrive safely, undamaged and in an environmentally friendly manner. The time for shipping the rugs after contact is about 5-7 days. Every Gabbeh rug order is eligible for free return shipping within 14 days - this is also part of THE KNOTS' service.