Afghan war rug loaded with weaponry, a map, jets, tanks, lettering, and much much more. Very well woven and in excellent condition. Finest Afghan war rug that I’ve come across. 100% natural wool, including the warp. Natural dyes! — including indigo blue and rust red. Superb overall color palette and design layout.
Exact size is 6 ft. by 3 ft. 7 in. Most of the Afghan war rugs are Baluch soft weave rugs that tend to be quite similar in design. This carpet, in contrast, is extremely well crafted.
Tanks, armored personnel carriers, jet fighters, helicopters, hand grenades, AK-47s, machine guns, grenade launchers — just about all the military hardware used in the decades of endless war in Afghanistan.
War rugs are a very recent tradition in Afghanistan as they first emerged during the decade of Soviet occupation that began in 1979 and ended in 1989 when Gorbachev removed the last Soviet garrisons. However, the civil war continued after the last stable government collapsed with the exit of the Soviet Union. Internecine warfare went on until the U.S. invasion of 2003, and of course persists throughout much of the countryside today. The U.S. occupation has now lasted longer than the Soviet occupation — with no actual end in sight.
Civil war actually began in the mid 70s so Afghanistan has now been at war for four decades. With its strong tradition of rug weaving among the Baluch and Turkoman tribes of Afghanistan, it seems almost natural — if tragic — that weavers would incorporate the machines and images of war into their art. War rugs seem well established and probably will persist for years to come.
Tanks, helicopters, jets, ‘war cars’, bombs, missiles, and Soviet Kalashnikovs –AK47s — are the most common images. Some rugs even incorporate images of jets crashing into the Twin Towers on 9/11. Baluch weavers seem to prefer rows of tanks and jets, while Turkoman weavers are fond of AK-47 automatic rifles and bolder colors.
This rug is $659. Shipping within U.S. is $33.
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