The origin of Gabbeh rugs is like a Romeo and Juliet story. One man and one woman from two different tribes were forbidden from seeing each other. It was told, when the women could not see her love, she would design zip-zag motifs in the rugs. And when she saw her love, she would design small animal-like characters. This is why Gabbeh rugs have so many different feelings and they are so original.
Gabbah means raw, thick, uncut, rough in the Persian language. These rugs are much thicker and coarser than the Persian rugs. These rugs have very particular design and include mainly rectangular objects such as animals. The primitive, simple designs and vibrant vegetable dyed colors brought great success in these type of carpets and making them the most known Persian carpet in the world. In fact, the Gabbeh is often favored by many contemporary designers because of its beauty and utmost simplicity.