Gabbeh Rugs

Gabbeh Rugs have long been a popular feature when it comes to interior decor. You may be asking, ‘what is a Gabbeh rug’ and you wouldn’t be the first. 

We’ve put together a handy guide to tell you all you need to know about the traditional style of rug. From the history of the style to how they’re made.

When it comes to interior design, balance and style can be hard to come by and get right. But a Gabbeh rug can be your solution.

History Of A Gabbeh Rug

Gabbeh (usually pronounced gah-bay) is the name for a particular kind of rug. A Gabbeh rug has a simple design, hand knotted with pure wool dyed naturally, finished with a thick pile. Also, the word “Gabbeh” literally translates to “in the rough,” and it is an accurate description of this style of Persian rug.

These traditional rugs were originally made by women from tribes in the south-west of Persia. Original designs were very basic with only a limited number of decorative patterns, mostly geometric mix of objects resembling animals, humans, and trees, coarsely knotted with brightly coloured wool. They’re an ancient form of rug, with the first documentation of a Gabbeh rugs dates back to the sixteenth Century A.D.

gabbeh style carpet

Gabbeh Rug’s Rise To Popularity

The first instance of making Gabbeh rugs dyed using vegetables took place in the mid-1980s. It was this late as it was thought Gabbehs were too crude to be worth trading. However, their artistic value has been recognised in more recent years. 

Gabbeh’s natural woolly texture, thickness, design and competitive price have meant they’ve quickly become popular in homes with a contemporary or modern interior. Gabbeh’s are extremely durable, usually small to medium in size.

How Gabbeh Rugs Are Made?

The common elements in the design are integral to the Gabbeh style, but the method of construction is similarly as important. Gabbeh rugs are made by the nomadic Qashqai tribes of southern Iran. They are rough cut and long piled rugs of rich colour and best quality wool.

Gabbeh carpets are woven on makeshift ground looms constructed both of materials that are kept and hauled for long distances by the nomadic tribes, and also of materials that are found at each site where the tribe sets up camp. Due to the fact that part of the loom must be found at each site, a wide variety is introduced.

bright coloured weave placed on a table

Most Gabbeh carpets are made by women, and due to the nature of construction they tend to be one-of-a-kind pieces. Some patterns are passed down through the generations as mothers and grandmothers teach their daughters the art of Persian rug making. 

They’ve stood the test of time as they can be easily incorporated into most eclectic decorating schemes. They also work well with traditional Persian tribal rugs and designs, if the colours are in agreement.

New & Revised Versions

Because Gabbeh rugs have been modernised in their design, they resemble the traditional rugs only in a superficial way. However, they are still so popular thanks to their playful and colourful design. 

In the case of modern Gabbeh rugs, the typical Gabbeh composition is characterised by big and colourful fields and patterns.

Superficially, Gabbeh rugs are similar to modern rugs in ethno-style as they are designed with vibrant red or blue. This means that they can be applied as high-contrast runner rugs in your living space. 

Gabbah rugs act as a refreshing feature of interest in many people’s homes. They work well with a variety of modern design, and due to this Gabbeh rugs are one of the more popular living accessories.

Gabbeh Rugs Collection

Compared to other classic rugs, Gabbeh rugs are relatively abstract and richly coloured works of art. Like kilim rugs or berber rugs, traditional Gabbeh rugs are also manufactured by nomads and used for a variety of uses for example as a warm seat. Gabbeh rugs distinguish with big colour field and are decorated with geometric or rich animal patterns. Expressive and bright colour selection is also characteristic for Gabbeh rugs.

gabbeh rugs

These rugs usually have very little in the way of design elements. However, this rug has simple geometric shapes, bold, bright colours, and tribal drawings of feathers. Which is stain resistant.

gabbeh rugs

Because of their tighter weave, shorter pile and simple patterns, these beautiful rugs are a great way to add colour to a room without the distraction of too many design elements.

gabbeh rugs

With a very sparse, simple, and colourful geometric design. The tightness of the weave and the quality of the wool give these wonderful rugs a sheen that you must see in person to believe.

gabbeh rugs

A fine weave and fairly short, soft pile. Unlike the other Gabbeh, this rug typically has a more sophisticated, detailed design elements inspired by other classic traditional rugs.

gabbeh rugs

With a more traditional, colourful tribal design, within the intricate detail on the abrash red background. This rug is both amazingly detailed and quite inexpensive, which will capture the eye.

gabbeh rugs

The unique shading found in the Gabbeh collection will indeed capture the eye & the subtle texture accents the sophisticated designs. Easy to clean, colourfast, & hand carved.


With rich colours, various patterns & designs: choose between Gabbeh rugs with geometric tribal patterns. Find the perfect modern Gabbeh rugs for every taste and every room in your home.

Discover beautiful and affordable Gabbeh rugs and make your home more beautiful with a timeless classical charm! For more information & to view our Gabbeh Collection, click here.


Updated April 2021