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Gabbeh

A rug with a thick, fluffy pile that usually features pastoral scenes in simple colors. Though these rugs have only been available commercially in the last 20 or so years, they were used in the past by nomads as mattresses.

Gileem

(see Kilim)

Ground

The color used in the background of a pattern or design on an area rug.

Guard Stripes

Colored stripes that separate the main border from the field of an area rug.

Gul

Persian for "flower or rose". When used in relation to area rugs, it often describes an elongated, octagonal motif which is often found in Turkoman carpets.

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