LION RUG (Gabbeh-ye-Shiri)
A powerfully symbolic rug, originally placed in a Khan's tent signifying bravery and purity, protector of the the tribe. Fars Province was known in the 12th century as the 'lion mine' of Persia as it was a breeding ground for lions.
These weavers may have never seen a lion. Their creativity comes from the story-telling. Artistic free weaving, straight from the mind.
This lion was on the coat of arms of Persia till the Islamic Revolution changed it in 1979 but still the Lion Rugs of Fars are woven, reflecting untouched traditions.
100% Hand-spun Sheep wool.
The Lion Rugs book is difficult to find but there is one second hand on Amazon.