CONTEMPORARY, YET DIRECTLY ROOTED IN OLD CULTURES
A renowned Iranian Sculptor, Parviz Tanavoli, himself collected gabbeh rugs, travelling and recording the culture as he went. His exhibitions of gabbeh rugs enthused European and American taste and inspired an Iranian designer poroducer Gholamreza Zollanvari to develop new more contemporary designs for the market. There has been a torrent of excellent copies and look-alikes since then may have raised a few eyebrows in the Zollanvari studio but you can’t patent every good idea!
The gabbeh carpets and rugs in our collection at The Nomads Tent mostly come from the same Qashqai and Luri weavers that have woven such rugs for generations. Some are from Afghanistan showing the idea has travelled across borders which is true across the rug weaving world.
They are woven from hand spun wool, often finer than the early desert sleeping mats. The colours, often spectacularly deep and rich, are from vegetable and other natural dyes. The wool is taken from the dying plant and dispersed among village and nomadic weavers out in the valleys and mountains.
The finished rugs are brought down for washing and finishing to the lovely city of Shiraz. From there they are taken to the bazaar where we can make selections, and be sure that the old trusted trade routes will bring them safely to our shop in Edinburgh.