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Subject  :  Gabbeh
Author  :  Vincent Keers
Date  :  10-13-1999 on 08:18 a.m.
vkeers@worldonline.nl Dear all, This Gabbeh is my millennium rug. Patric Ampe started it all in the beginning of the 90's. He isn't with us anymore but he will always be rememberd by his fabulous Gabbeh's etc. I didn't know him personally, only met him once at the Maastricht fair, but from my cliŽnts I heard he was a gentleman who took his time for everyone who entered his gallery. I bought this Gabeh in 1993, before I met Patrick. I was in love with it from the moment I saw the rug. In the upper part it has been restored, for at that place the feet were placed while praying. It's a prayer-Gabbeh. The three "falling stars" are Christ, Mohamed, Budha or Ahura Mazda the god of Zoroaster. This last god is familiar in Fars and the symbols in the lower part of the prayer rug could well be Fire-altars. The stars are raining from heaven. The three religions do not meet in the lower part, but they do in the upper part (when you're on the rug praying) after we have entered the great big star in the middle: Paradise. While praying you can't look in the pile, for the rug has been knotted upside down, a practice I've encounterd in some Caucasian prayer rugs as well. The extra image is for showing the extreme quality wool; it's like silk. It must be a pleasure to pray on. The wefts S2Z six shoots make it easy to handle. The knots are asymmetric with a good weft depression which gives the rug extra softness. This is my rug of the century, of the millenium, this is my love-rug. Best regards, Vincent

Subject  :  RE:Gabbeh
Author  :  Steve Price
Date  :  10-13-1999 on 01:37 p.m.
sprice@hsc.vcu.edu Dear Vincent, Nobody who reads your posting can have the slightest doubt about the emotions this rug elicits in you. A rug with that kind of power belongs on the list. Steve Price

Subject  :  RE:Gabbeh
Author  :  Vincent Keers
Date  :  10-13-1999 on 05:03 p.m.
Dear Steve, My litle Gabbeh looks pretty neat on the Turkotek. I'm proud. Thank you for beÔng so understanding. PS. The black streaks on the rug are because of the dark wool. The wool selection wasn't very accurate. Best regards, Vincent

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