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Everything in our collection is handmade.

The word Gabbeh translates from Fārsi meaning raw, uncut, or natural.

About Gabbeh

Gabbeh are tribal rugs crafted by the nomadic Kurdish, Luri and Qashqai people of the Zagros Mountains in Iran. The word Gabbeh translates from Farsi meaning raw, uncut, or natural. These rugs are a byproduct of a pastoral lifestyle, produced using wool from their sheep herd and dyes from native plants.

Iranian woman weaving Gabbeh rug

The weavers are often seen spinning the long-fibered wool by hand while the men tend to their livestock. The vegetal dyes are extracted from the indigenous plants and roots of the region, prepared using traditional recipes developed over generations. The weaver’s spirit is apparent in these personal interpretations of their life, featuring illustrations of their surroundings including animals, plants and landscapes.

Originally created solely for personal use, the thick pile of Gabbeh rugs makes them ideal for life in mountainous regions. Gabbeh are usually woven on horizontal looms, which can be easily assembled and disassembled quickly — a necessity for these nomadic people of Iran.

We pride ourselves in providing our clients the highest quality products, the most unique designs and inimitable personal attention and value.
Kasra Massarat

About Us

Gabbeh was established by third-generation Persian rug dealer Kasra Massarat in 1978. When the borders of his native country Iran opened in the 1980s, Kasra was able to travel to Iran several times each year to purchase directly from a number of tribes and traders.

Following the growth in popularity of Gabbeh rugs, Kasra founded with his business partner Tomas Almazan. Today the largest collection of authentic Persian Gabbeh reside here at Asian Trade Rug Company. Currently, a trade embargo exists on Iranian goods making Gabbeh rugs harder to find stateside.

Tribal rug weaving women
Yarn of different colors

Shopping Gabbeh

We strive to give you the best possible experience when shopping with us. Whether browsing online or visiting our showroom, you will find that we are committed to personal attention in an environment that is tailored towards making sure you find the perfect piece for your space.

Please call or email us for pricing. We can provide additional product photos by request and ship nationwide. Everything we sell is 100% satisfaction guaranteed; please contact us for more information on our shipping and return policies.

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  • Helle B.

    My most favorite rug shop of all time! Service is always courteous, professional and helpful, and promised times for completion of services (multiple rug cleanings in my case, though I aspire to buy in the future!) can be counted on. I've had all kinds of rugs with stains, needing general cleaning and even small repairs, and in each case the rugs came back as though they were new! I'll be proud to put them down in my new home, and will gladly sing the praises of this delightful company!

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  • Ronald M.

    Tomas and his team are as good as it gets. Great service and a Huge inventory of beautiful carpets. We purchased a beautiful area rug from Tomas and we were very impressed by all aspects of how they do business, above and beyond is the way they operate. Service after the purchase has been more the excellent, would highly recommend the Asian Trade Rug Co as the place you need to go when you are looking for a new rug.

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  • Jonathan H.

    My wife and I have purchased three rugs here, and have had another cleaned with remarkable results. The folks here are wonderful and extremely knowledgeable about every detail of the construction and history of their products. The prices are very fair. We'll buy there again without a doubt.

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  • Jenny B.

    We can't say enough good things about this business. Not only did they do a great job cleaning a dhurrie rug for us, but Ali, their master carpet repair man, repaired a treasured rug for us after we thought it had been destroyed by the dry cleaners. The rug, a remnant from the old Mountain Oyster Club downtown, was torn in several places when we foolishly sent it to be dry cleaned. From now on we will only take our rugs to Asian Trade Rug Company for any cleaning or repairs.

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  • Susana A

    We took our oriental rugs for cleaning after having a bad experience elsewhere. They were very reassuring and knowledgeable and we are very pleased with the results. We recommend Asian Trade Rug Company wholeheartedly.

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  • Susan L

    After having our area rugs cleaned at Asian Trade Rug Company this last spring, we recently purchased two rugs from Asian Trade Rug for our home. Not only were we pleased with both the process and the results from their cleaning our rugs, but also we are very pleased with our new purchases from Asian Trade Rug Company. Its entire staff makes the process for both easy, comfortable, and convenient. They have a wonderful selection, so if you are interested in traditional, antique, tribal/nomadic such as Gabbeh, and so on, you very likely will find something you love.

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