Monday, September 1, 2008


Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s film, Gabbeh, 1996.
In the opening scene of the Iranian film, Gabbeh, viewers are confronted with a riot of colour‑colourful costumes, bright scenery and a dazzling gabbeh (hand made rug), woven by Iranian nomads. Some viewers have wondered whether this is a colour overkill but there is an interesting story behind this. The film maker turns up the colour not for aesthetic reasons but to make a prophetic statement. The Iranian government had become prescriptive about the clothes Iranian women were to may read the complete review here
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i saw this movie when i was in college and remember having fallen in love with it. it was mystical and beautiful..full of colour! i must get a copy and watch it again!

Gabbeh or Gabbe is a traditional variety of Persian carpet.
A gabbe is a triple hand-knotted
carpet/floor mat, crafted almost exclusively by women from Qashqai and some other tribes in southwestern Iran. This kind of carpet is much thicker and coarser than other Persian carpets; sometimes it is as much as one inch in depth. In fact, it is more of a variety of kilim than carpet.

via wikipedia


Dave said...

Gabbeh Rugs are climbing in popularity once again. Thanks for the great post

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful to see movies and music and i guess books would be following soon! Apart for all the eclectic and wonderful and a treat to ones eyes info/links/work (your own and others) you gather here and share with us, your personal touch makes all the difference.

I seriously look forward to a new post on a daily basis! Don't get bogged down..take your time. But do keep surprising us.

Unknown said...

Thankyou vivek for such great encouragement! and its good to see you here!

Unknown said...

Thankyou for visiting Dave! I saw your website and i think its wonderful and very informative!

Lucky said...

i've always loved gabbeh - the designs are simpler.