The drone rug craze has maintained its drive. Public Radio International featured a story on the rugs, their background and growing popularity. There is a written story on PRI site, as well as the option hear the full radio interview. You can find a link to both below. Thank you to PRI for the interest!
It seems the flood gates have opened as the press is continuing. It is such an honor to have garnered the interest of The Atlantic. They have shared the original COLORS story on their blog. You can find the link to The Atlantic post below.
Right on the heels of the Quartz and Colors Drone Rug stories came this piece in The Tribune (link below). Lots of great photos in this one, including other styles of rug as well. Thanks so much to The Tribune for the interest.
The drone rugs have been causing quite a stir in the media recently. COLORS Magazine issued a great piece at the end of last month, which was then re-ran by Quartz just a few days later. Links to the articles are below. Huge thanks to both publications for spreading the word.
Warrug.com recently received a shipment of rugs from Peshawar, Pakistan including some new designs woven in Pakistan. The weavers are Afghan Turkmen who have settled permenantly in Pakistan after being refugees. This summer they produced three rugs featuring Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s or drones).
The second rug, below, #1580, features armed Predator drones.
Below is the third rug of the set, and it is particularly interesting because the drones are colored red, white and blue. I didn’t notice this important color choice until photoshopping (rather GiMP’ing) the border photo when I noticed the interlocking red, white, and blue border.
Today’s New York Times Metropolitan section has a story by Tammy La Gorce about the show ‘Art Amongst War’ at The College of New Jersey’s Art Gallery. The show is curated by Deborah Hutton, and it features an array of art made by Afghan artists including 5 war rugs loaned by warrug.com, including the one in Times’ story. The show includes fine paintings, beautiful needlework, historical and contemporary video, installation art and some beautiful and haunting photographs.
“The anonymous weavers of six 1980s and 1990s-era “war rugs” — carpets whose motifs include land mines, guns and soldiers — may have had no formal training, learning from their relatives, but they have incorporated the grim realities of life in a war zone into their traditional craft.”
Rebecca Horne, the Photo Editor at Discover Magazine, has a fascinating blog at Discover called Visual Science. Recently she posted a story about my latest petroglyph carving in Montana of the Chandra X-ray observatory.
Besides Chandra in Montana there are two tractors (one with seeder drill), three pickups (pictographs), a water truck, an antelope (one was shot on the land while I was there), a double portrait of the original Czech homesteaders, and a cowboy with two cows.
John Jay is mounting an exhibition of about 60 war rugs from the Warrug.com collection. The show will open in early September and I will be giving a lecture, and a reception will be held, on September 16 in the galleries at the school. Update to follow.
The rug in the photo was shown at Denison University in Ohio, and it will be on display at a show at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan in September and October. It is also the invitation post card image. This pattern turned into Soviet Exodus rugs which turned into WTC rugs and Tora Bora rugs.