Babak's Oriental Carpets
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Location: Loribaft Gabbeh
Size: 6’7” x 4’7”
Loribaft are rugs woven by people of Lori and Ghashgai tribal descent. The word baft means “weave,” therefore Loribaft means Lori weave! Loribaft rugs are a progressive quality enhancement, both in weave density and pile structure to their predecessor – the Gabbeh rug. Most Gabbeh rugs were 60,000-100,000 knots/m² while the Loribafts which are woven by Lori and Ghashgai are anywhere from 150,000-350,000knots/m². Not only is the weave better in quality but in most cases the wool is of a finer standard.
The dyes used in these rugs are also natural, meaning that they have been derived from local plants, either bark, husk, root, or shell. These dyes are used to color the hand-spun wool, which gives it a wonderful marble and painted effect in the carpet field. This effect is probably what gives these rugs their greatest appeal due to the impressionist whimsical expressiveness they exhibit.
These pieces are usually found in small pieces and larger 2x3m or 2.5×3.5m are quite rare. The designs usually comprise of simple linear geometric expressionist designs rendered from the imagination and characteristic of the simple nomadic life of these pastoral groups. The designs may contain animal, plant and human figures.
Loribaft’s have been reproduced in other countries; however, it becomes immediately visible by the common person that they lack the natural and original beauty which comes from every incomparable piece produced by the original creators and the natural dyes which give these rugs their uniqueness. Beware of “knock-offs” from Turkey, India, China and Egypt, to name a few… these cheap imitations are not always hand-made, and usually contain inferior wool and chemical dyes on a cotton foundation. You can usually tell by the white fringe that the rug is a cotton-foundation knock-off.
Price Range and Value:
Medium to high, depending on the craftsmanship. Although a Loribaft is always a sound investment because of the longevity of the rugs themselves.
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