GABBEH Persian Rugs Properties:

Visibility: GABBEH is an interesting type of carpet. It has extremely simple pattern and all have geometric pattern. Some newer GABBEH have more details such as birds, and human in the pattern. GABBEH was getting very popular in 80's in Europe and now since the lifting of embargo, you find them in the US Market also. The majorty of GABBEH have simple plain format with one or two small animal on their pattern. The world GABBEH means "unclipped". GABBEH distinct style of weaving is especially suitable for modern, or contemporary settings. The majority of GABBEH made by tribal people such as QASHQAI around SHIRAZ.

Quality: The quality of GABBEH are excellent. They are extremely durable. You have to be careful that the mimic Pakistani, Indian, Chines or Turkish ones do not carry the same quality.

Size & Shapes: The GABBEH rugs have different sizes and the majority of them are small size (2x3 to 4x6 feet).

Color: Plain khaki, soft green, light blue are the predominate colors. You can find other newer color such as red and yellow or ivory

Texture: Very Thick, heavy, Soft wool,lose piles.

Foundation:  Warps and wefts are wool.

Knots: GABBEH are usually flat-woven.

Price: GABBEH are very simple and plain type of rugs however due to the massive demanding the west are extremely valuable specially the old one. Prepare yourself to pay $3-$7 Per Square Feet (PSF) for a very prized and beautiful GABBEH. Persian Oriental Rugs Value  Persian Oriental Rugs Value 

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Where are QASHQAI Tribe?

Southern IRAN - GABBEH

The QASHQAI are the second largest Turkic group in IRAN. The QASHQAI are a confederation of several Turkic-speaking tribes in southern IRAN numbering about 250,000 people.

The QASHQAI territory extends from ABADEH and SHAH-REZA in the ISFAHAN province to the Persian Gulf coast.

QASHQAI are pastoral nomads who move with their herds of sheep and goats between summer pastures in the higher elevations of the Zagros south of SHIRAZ and winter pastures at low elevations north of SHIRAZ.

Their migration routes are considered to be among the longest and most difficult of all of IRAN's pastoral tribes.

QASHQAI migrate as much as 300 miles annually between summer and winter pastures. The QASHQAI confederation emerged in the eighteenth century when SHIRAZ was the capital of the Zand dynasty.

During the nineteenth century, the QASHQAI confederation became one of the best organized and most powerful tribal confederations in IRAN, including among its clients hundreds of villages and some non-Turkic-speaking tribes.

Under the QASHQAI first notable leader, Khan Solat ad Doleh, their strength was great enough to defeat the British-led South Persia Rifles in 1918.

Reza Shah's campaigns against them in the early 1930s were successful because the narrow pass on the route from their summer to winter pastures was blocked, and the tribe was starved into submission.

Solat and his son were imprisoned in TEHRAN, where Solat was subsequently murdered. Many QASHQAIs then settled on land in their summer pastures, which averages 2,500 meters above sea level.

The QASHQAI like the BAKHTIARI and other forcibly settled tribes, returned to nomadic life upon Reza Shah's exile in 1941. Army and government officials were driven out of the area, but the QASHQAI, reduced in numbers and disorganized after their settlement, were unable to regain their previous strength and independence.

In the post-World War II period, the QASHQAI khans supported the National Front of Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadeq. Following the 1953 royalist coup (cod'état) against Mossadeq, the QASHQAI khans were exiled, and army officers were appointed to supervise tribal affairs.

The QASHQAI revolted again in the period 1962 to 1964, when the government attempted to take away their pastures under the land reform program.

A full-fledged military campaign was launched against them, and the area was eventually pacified. Since the mid-1960s, many QASHQAI have settled in villages and towns. According to some estimates, as many as 100,000 Qashqai may have been settled by 1986.

This change from pastoral nomadism to settled agriculture and urban occupations proved to be an important factor hindering the QASHQAI tribes from organizing effectively against the central government after the Revolution in 1979 when exiled tribal leaders returned to Iran hoping to rebuild the confederation.

By the 1980s, the terms QASHQAI and TURK tended to be used interchangeably in Fars, especially by non-TURK speakers.

Many Turkic groups, however, such as the urban of Shiraz and their related village kin in nearby rural areas and the Baharlu, the Inalu, and other tribes, were never part of the Qashqai confederation.

The Baharlu and Inalu tribes actually were part of the Khamseh confederacy created to counterbalance the QASHQAI. Nevertheless, both QASHQAI and non-QASHQAI TURKS in FARS recognize a common ethnic identity in relation to non-TURKS.

All of these TURKS speak mutually intelligible dialects that are closely related to Azerbaijan. The total TURK-speaking population of FARS was estimated to be about 500,000 in 1986.

The tribe comprises numerous clans. The major ones are:

2-Sheesh Blocki
4-Farsi Madan
5-Safi Khani
8-Darreh Shuyee

IRAN Ghashghai (Qashqay, Qashqai) Rug Weaver

Ghashghai (Qashqay, Qashqai) Rug Weaver

IRAN Ghashghai (Qashqay, Qashqai) Rug Weaver

Ghashghai (Qashqay, Qashqai) Rug Weaver

IRAN Ghashghai (Qashqay, Qashqai) Rug Weaver

Ghashghai (Qashqay, Qashqai) Rug Weaver

IRAN Ghashghai (Qashqay, Qashqai) Rug Weaver

Ghashghai (Qashqay, Qashqai) Rug Weaver

IRAN Ghashghai (Qashqay, Qashqai) Rug Weaver

Ghashghai (Qashqay, Qashqai) Rug Weaver