Window Watch – Unaffected Gabbeh & Handsome Heriz

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by Joshua Kebabian


#37862 "Unaffected" Persian Fine Gabbeh 8.4 x 11.7

#37862 “Unaffected” Persian Fine Gabbeh 8.4 x 11.7


     The  UNAFFECTED Fine Persian Gabbeh hanging in WINDOW LEFT measures 8.4 x 11.7.  It was hand-knotted in southwest Iran by Kashkuli women, using handspun vegetally dyed wool from their own sheep.  The word “Gabbeh” comes from the Persian language meaning raw, natural and uncut.  Gabbehs are noted for their simplicity, a basic and primitive design with a playful vibe.  Most Gabbehs are hand-knotted using a coarse weave.  However, Kebabian’s Gabbehs are hand-knotted with a finer weave and superior materials giving fine detail to the beauty of “less is more”.  

     The color palette includes stripes of varying shades of blue  (navy, cobalt, sky blue, teal, slate …) and varying shades of green (loden, khaki, pine, lime, kelly…).   Throughout this charming piece are pops of ivory and madder red keeping the vibe playful and easy-going.  The vegetable dyes produce a magnificent abrash on a lush backdrop, due to the fine weave and thick pile.

     Without any apparent effort, this piece has an “unaffected” beauty which delivers an encouraging vibe that permits creativity and happiness. 




“Each one has to find his peace from within.

And peace to be real

must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”

                                                           Mahatma Gandhi


This piece “Simply Is”  encouraging all  to “Simply Be”



#37861 Handsome, Stylish Indian Heriz 8.10 x 11.19

#37861 Handsome, Stylish Indian Heriz 8.10 x 11.19

     The handsome and stylish finely woven Heriz hanging in WINDOW RIGHT measures 8.10 x 11.10.  This piece was hand-knotted in northern India in a cottage industry setting using hand-spun vegetally dyed wool.  This pleasing piece took four weavers approximately six to seven months to produce. 

     The artist masterfully employs an extensive color palette of madder red, terra cotta, navy, teal blue, khaki, pale green, ivory, honey gold and coffee brown.  The warm madder red field is cooled nicely by the use of honey gold in the field surrounding the medallion and in the large outside quadrants.  The use of navy in the main border and as the primary color of the central medallion nicely grounds the piece, while setting off the other colors spectacularly. 

     The design is a classic northwest Persia Heriz design. The central medallion, which represents window to heaven, is surrounded by a navy field of stylized floral elements, representing the paradise to come. The main border’s intricate design is surrounded by two pairs of guard borders, which are filled with simple and sweet leaf patterns. 

     The balance of color and design in this piece is perfect – not too intense – not too elaborate – not too…ANYTHING! 

It’s Just Right!  



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