Category Archives: Regular Rugs

Regular rugs, rugs that don’t feature war motifs, and their bearing on war rugs.

The Met Museum Releases 375,000 Images into Public Domain

The Metropolitan Museum in New York has made a tremendous contribution to the public domain by releasing hundreds of thousands of photos under a Creative Commons Zero license.  The Museum has made available a wealth of information licensed for almost any use.   Here are a few examples found in a search for “weaving”.

Harry Tyler (1801–1858)
Coverlet, 1839
American,
Wool, cotton, woven; 83 1/2 x 75 1/2 in. (212.1 x 191.8 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Mrs. Roger Brunschwig Gift, 1993 (1993.369)
http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/14794

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/14794?sortBy=Relevance&what=Woven&ao=on&ft=*&offset=10608&rpp=100&pos=10638

 

The Met Museum

Panel with Boys at Play
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
late 16th–early 17th century
China
Tapestry-woven (kesi) silk and metallic thread
Overall: 18 1/4 x 15 in. (46.4 x 38.1 cm)

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/44125?sortBy=Relevance&what=Woven&ao=on&ft=*&offset=10708&rpp=100&pos=10727

 

1832
American
Woven silk
8 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (21.6 x 9.5 cm)

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/13552?sortBy=Relevance&what=Woven&ao=on&ft=*&offset=10508&rpp=100&pos=10593

The Metropolitan Museum

18th–19th century
Japan
Silk
3 1/2 x 6 in. (8.89 x 15.24 cm)

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/67544?sortBy=Relevance&what=Woven&ao=on&ft=*&offset=9808&rpp=100&pos=9825

 "I wait and so does virtue"


16th–17th century
Italian, Florence
Silk and linen
L. 139 x W. 19 1/4 inches (loom width) (353.1 x 48.9 cm)


8th–9th century
Eastern Iran or Sogdiana
Silk
13 3/8 x 17 5/16 in. (34 x 44 cm)

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/73310?sortBy=Relevance&what=Woven&ao=on&ft=*&offset=10708&rpp=100&pos=10755

Elephant riding in boat Textile


19th century
Indonesia, Sumatra, Lampung province, Semangka Bay region
Pasisir people
Cotton
L. 27 x W. 27 in. (68.6 x 68.6 cm)

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/316416?sortBy=Relevance&what=Woven&ao=on&ft=*&offset=10908&rpp=100&pos=11002

 

 

NPR Coverage on Impressions at Mike Weiss Gallery, NYC

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Not only am I into the art of presenting and selling war rugs but, I’m also a rock sculptor, reviving the original carvings through impressions presented at the Mike Weiss Gallery. Check out this write up on NPR, written by contributor,  Alva Noe http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/04/23/474717276/making-art-from-life

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Afghan War Rug Exhibition at Temple University

War rug art is fascinatingly educational friends! Temple University’s Samuel L. Paley Library, in room 309, is currently holding a Afghan war rug exhibition that contains 14 of my afghan war rugs. These rugs tell stories and contain history which, ” helps contextualize a group of people that many Americans know very little about.” Theirs so much to be learned and talked about. Go check it out!

This show has curated by Alicia Cunningham-Bryant and student assistant curators, Ilana Napoli, and Rachel Morin.

Afghan war rug in exhibition at Temple UniversityThank you Temple!
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Where Are the Red Rugs?

I received an excellent question from our contact form recently about the lack of Red Rugs available for purchase on warrug.com lately. Below is was my response:

Your question about Red Rugs is a good one. Red Rugs were woven by refugees, primarily Turkmen, in Pakistan during the 1990’s. Since the US forced the Taliban from power in 2001 Turkmen refugees have been returning en masse to their traditional homes in Afghanistan, largely because ISAF offers them sufficient protection from the Taliban ethnic cleansing which drove many families to Pakistan during the 1990’s.

The effects of the Turkmen weavers returning to their homes in Afghanistan is, primarily, two fold. First, as refugees, if one was an engineer, one wove carpets. If one was a doctor, one wove carpets. Now the doctors and engineers are returning to their professions, so there are less weavers available to weave any type of rug. Secondly, many Turkmen weavers who wove Red Rugs in Pakistan are now weaving traditional designs or new variations of traditional designs (Khul Mohammadi mostly).

Much of the Pakistan production has moved to Afghanistan (Khul Mohammadi, Kazak, Vegetable Dye ‘Peshawar’) with the returning weavers, but not Red Rugs. I have not seen any Red Rugs produced in Afghanistan since 2001. In short, there is no more supply of Red Rugs. Occasionally I find a few Red Rugs and I post them, but they are scarce.

Lastly, this elimination of a design is not unique to Red Rugs, yet it continues to surprise me. Almost every war rug “pattern” has its moment of production, which then fades or stops. What is freely available one year, is totally unavailable the next year. Soviet Exodus rugs are one example and WTC rugs to a lesser degree.

Again, thank you for your question. Please write back if you have any further questions or comments.

Latif Khel

Through the trade of regular rugs, and confirmed by ‘the literature’, I’ve learned this type of rug is called Latif Khel.

I am told that in the 1960 and 1970’s Latif Khel were the bulk of the Baluchi produciton, and that Latif Khels were the top quality. Furthermore, that now they constitute a very small percentage of total Baluch sajada production.

First Quality Latif Chel Prayer rug
This rug is extremely fine wool and weave. Note the similarity with color and medallions to this war rug. The flat wool sevedge is the same in this Latif Khel and war rug #1011 also. The weft substitution kilim on this rug, particularly the bottom end, are exclusive to Latif Khel rugs. This rug also has a Seh Mihrabi element in the three white arches at top, as well as four white boxes at top and bottom of field. As a sidelight, now there is a name for Baluchi rugs with the ‘slot car track’ border, like this rug; which is analagous to Kleiber’s Afghanistan page 100.

The field color is midnight blue with a band of abrash. Willful use of abrash will be the subject of a future post.

Second quality Latif Khel rug with Eight Lobed Medallions

First Quality Latif Chel War Rug #1011 (private collection)

Traditional Patterns: Genisis for War Rugs

Here is another example in the continuing series exploring how traditional Baluchi designs have morphed into war rugs.


Man in Front of Pool

Some earlier examples of traditional Baluchi patterns morphing into war rugs are: Murray Eilland’s Shindani rug with camel, a round vase of flowers pattern, Checkered Flowers pattern, also called Lateef Khel, Two Deer patern, Vase of Flowers, and a pattern from the Weavings of War exhibition.

Super Mario Rug

This Mario Rug in the style of Super Mario Brother 3 shows Mario riding a white horse.

The horseman is the original figurative image found in carpets. Horsemen are found in the wolrd’s oldest carpet, the Pazyrik, from the 5th century BC. This ancient image, the horsemen, coupled with an icon of digital culture, Mario, is beautiful.

More images of the Mario Rug here.

The original post of this rug, years ago, including size, structure, photos, and description is here.

This rug is on loan to an exhibition at The Miami University Art Museum. The exhibition will feature approximately 70 war rugs that warrug.com is honored to have lent to the museum. More exhibition information, including dates for symposium and gallery talk by Kevin Sudeith, here

Note: This is a tribal rug, reflecting one weavers artistic vision. This rug was selected, with 25-30 others, from a collection of traditional design Afghan Baluchi rugs from Herat and Farah. All the other rugs were of traditional designs bearing no war motifs or western images.

More rugs here.

Small Mount Fuji Rug


This Mount Fuji rug is new and roughly 1M^2.$150. It shows a simplification and abstraction from a rug like:

Super fine, roughly 5×7, $1400
The new Mount Fuji rug also links to a more abstract group of small Baluchi rugs. Similar too below, but with red and blue minarets in foreground.

Previous Mount Fuji war rug post
Another previous Mount Fuji rug post
UPDATE:

Rug 465
Here is an example of the more abstract group referred to above which were more common 6 to 7 years ago. The new rug provides a link to understanding the imagery in the rugs like 465. The Mushwani type two minaret mosque borders are noteworthy in the large fine Mount Fuji rug as well as rug #465.