dimanche 18 novembre 2012

Purchasing a Gabbeh rug...

I bought a tribal Persian rug recently that is said to be a Gabbeh.
Gabbeh is a persian word which means something raw or natural, uncut or "in the rough". 
It doesn't refer to a specific tribe or province in Iran; it is however made by nomadic tribes.
Traditionally, the knotting and weaving of nomadic carpets are generally a woman's domain and area of expertise.  
Gabbeh are almost exclusively knotted for personal use, and they usually express the woman's spirit  and personal interpretations of  life as well as her vision of the occasion it meets, or the specific moment the making of the Gabbeh is celebrating. 

Below is the picture of the Gabbeh I purchased and gave to Anna. 
I wrote a note to bring it closer and named it : One color and an infinity of shades.

When Aya decided to weave the Gabbeh for her sister Sana, 
she knew she didn't have much time left and that she really had to be fast. 
Winter was already there. 
Days were shorter and the sky was getting low, turning to ashes. 
Soon, the light would fly away, together with the wind and the migrating birds. 
And by then, surely the men would be back with the goats  the horses, the dogs, and their non-stop needs...
How was she going to be done with so little time left?
Aya hurried to the cellar. D Day was so very close.
She gathered the wool that had been hanging there to dry for three moons.
White, blue, green, two shades of yellow, some deep red an also a bunch of brown wool. 
Did she have a design, a pattern in mind?
I wonder...
In fact, she only had to let her imagination and her fingers run...
Although she didn't exactly plan for it, Aya created a rug made out of 18 separated geometrical spaces, squares and rectangles of different dimensions,
connected together and never fusing into each other
forming a whole with no predictable ending
although it did stop with a smooth multilayer knot
hinting to an infinity of colors, shades, lines and stripes,
all of them striving for unity and harmony.
Good luck Sana, may your days be warm and colorful in your new life...

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