Category Archives: The Weapons

Images of weapons depicted on Afghan war rugs and carpets.

Temple War Rug Exhibition

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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American Drones on War Rugs

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 blue rug below, #1566, features three different drones: Global Surveyors, Reapers, and Predators.

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.

Red Rug Sub-Groups

Warrug.com’s selection of small red rugs illustrates sub groups of red rugs well.

‘Classic Red Rug




“[not] Vegetable Dye”



Modern [true] Vegetable Dye

‘Five Genades’ (random name but most popular style)



‘Squashed Helicopter’ Style’




‘Camoflage Helicopter’ named for harlequin-esque rendering on helicopters. These were readil available in 1999 and 2000. They are like “Classic” red rugs, but not quite as finely knotted.




“Fat RPG’s” (for lack of a better name)