War Rugs

I just read about these in Bert Dodson’s Keys to Drawing with Imagination last night, and I think they’re crazy nuts and incredible. From Wikipedia:

“The war rug tradition of Afghanistan has its origins in the decade of Soviet occupation of Afghanistan from 1979, and has continued through subsequent military, political and social conflicts. Afghan rug-makers began incorporating the apparatus of war into their designs almost immediately after the Soviet Union invaded their country. They continue to do so today in the wake of the United States’ 2001 invasion of Afghanistan which ousted the Taliban government of Mullah Omar but has failed to bring an end to violence in the country. The rugs produced in response to these events are among the world’s richest traditions of war art of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.”

From Warrug.com (I’m not linking to the rug pages because the site is in a frameset. Just go there and browse around.) –

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