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Question on Gabbeh Area Rug with Signature and Date

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Question:

I have a piece I am selling and would like to vet your Verification process.  It's a gabbeh carpet in all natural dyes (likely not any dyes at all). I believe the piece is actually woven of all natural undyed wool.  The color is provided by using naturally colored wool. Signed and dated 1909? 

Warp appears to be primarily of goat hair (combination of black, white, and grey)  

The carpet is in wonderful condition, and while not immaculate, is extremely clean.  

Thanks again, looking forward to continued correspondence.  I appreciate what you are trying to accomplish with this, it is a very worthwhile endeavor. 

 

-anonymous

 

Response:

Awesome looking rug, and thanks for the kind words regarding the Rug Rag Verification process.  We look forward to working with those who wish to make a difference.


We agree on the possibility of this rug implementing the use of undyed wool, and certainly the foundation alludes to something other than sheep's wool.  Our best guess would be goats hair and or goat hair blend as you mentioned.  Additionally, it would not surprise us if this were an undyed pile, or a "natural wool" color.

I spoke with our specialist on dates.  From my understanding, this 1347 is as marked in the rug.  However, our specialist stated there is "no way this rug is older than 1960, tops", which from our research aligns with the Persian date 1347 (~1948 a.d.) as opposed to the Islamic or Arabic date 1347 (~1928 a.d.).  Whether or not the rug was re-woven or original, we've had several Rug Rag affiliates in our network to figure this particular piece is in the vicinity of 60's/early 70's without seeing the date.

Additionally, we have had the signature translated.  Apparently it is signed "Mohammadine" 

Thanks for Trying us out!  Here is the Verification for your Gabbeh Rug!

Sincerely, 

-Rug Rag

 

We look forward to talking with anyone who may have questions on or about oriental rugs.  We are an Independent Reviewer, and will give you our opinion for any rug, new or old.  Should you have any questions you would like to submit for a blog entry response, please do so, and be sure to include photographs of your rug.  For more information, please take a look at the bottom of this page, or feel free to Contact Us at Info@rugrag.com

 

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