The Afghan rubab is a lute-like instrument originating in Afghanistan.
However, its name as well as its shape suggests that it may have evolved from the rebab, a bowed instrument. Typically, the Afghan rubab is carved out of a single piece of wood, with a membrane covering the hollow sound-chamber. The wood is taken from a Mulberry tree, the skin is usually goat skin and the strings are made from gut. The rubab can also be found in the mountainous regions of Pakistan and India. The tone of the Afghan rubab is extremely warm and beautiful.