Gabbeh Rugs are a very significant part of the Qashqai rug production. Why? Because that is what people are buying.
Persepolis in is the Qashqai tribal areas. The site has influenced Qashqai rugs over the years. Once the seat of the Persian empire Persepolis was first sacked by the Greeks. It was looted many times through history.
The pillars of Persepolis
Special Wedding Guests Eghlid town Fars province Photo by Hasan Ghafari
Many people assume these domed felt chats are an ancient afectation of the Qashqai men. Actually the hat was adopted in the mid twentieth century as a sybol of protest against the cruel oppresion of the Pahlavi Shahs.
Barry O'Connell 2004 - 2007