Gabbeh by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmain

Gabbeh by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmain

Mirrors, plaster, and ceramic
Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

Towards the end of her life, in Iran, Farmanfarmain returned to mirror work whilst continuing to experiment with geometric form and introducing more colour in her work. “Gabbeh” features mirrors in a complex pattern and coloured, iridescent pieces of porcelain made by Abbas Akbari, a Persian ceramist. The piece blends vertical and diagonal lines, circles, triangles, and hexagons. the title “Gabbeh” refers to a centuries-old tradition of rug-weaving practiced by nomadic tribes in Persia,

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian 1922-2019

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmain
Minimalism, Feminist Art
Born: 16 December 1922, Qazvin, Persia
Nationality: Iranian
Died: 20 April 2019, Tehran, Iran

Farmanfarmaian was an artist and collector of traditional folk art. She is one of the most prominent Iranian artists of her time and the first to achieve an artistic practice that unites the Iranian geometric patterns and cur-glass mosaic techniques with the rhythms of Western modern geometric abstraction. In 2017 the Monir Museum in Tehran, Iran was opened in her honour.