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Woven for centuries, Gabbeh are tribal rugs woven in the south central Zagros mountain range and their plains by the Lori and Gashgai tribes. They are coarsely woven, brightly colored, and have a thick pile. Most of them are sold in the Shiraz bazaar. Typically, the warps, wefts and pile are all of hand-spun wool and there are no fringes: the Kelim at the ends is tucked in and sewn up.
The Lori are one of the most important nomadic tribes of Iran and inhabit the western and southern parts of the country. In much of their territory, they live in areas adjacent to the Ghashgai. Unlike the Ghashgai who speak Turkish, the Lori are of Iranian origin and their language is similar to Persian. Various pressures in the 20th century have forced many Lori to abandon the nomadic life and settle down in villages.
In Farsi (the language of Persia), the word Gabbeh means something raw or natural, uncut or ""in the rough." Gabbeh are the world's best-known coarsely woven Iranian tribal rugs. Traditionally, the knotting and weaving of nomadic carpets are a woman's domain and area of expertise. True nomadic rugs such as the Gabbeh are almost exclusively knotted for personal use, and often the woman's spirit and natural artisanship are quite apparent in these personal interpretations of their life in art.