The Textile Museum at George Washington University Museum

Show title: Afghan War Rugs from the Soviet Invasion to U.S. Drones

Curator: Mimi Kirk

Lecture/Show and Tell: Afghan War Rugs from the Soviet Invasion to U.S. Drones

Mimi Kirk, managing director, Al-Shabaka, Palestinian Policy Network

Soon after the arrival of the Soviets in 1979, women in Afghanistan began to weave the violence they encountered in their daily lives into wool rugs and created patterns with grenades, AK-47s, and helicopters. These war rugs have since evolved to include depictions of September 11 and, more recently, U.S. drones. Writer Mimi Kirk will explore the history, context, and meaning of these remarkable objects.
Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings bring together textile experts and enthusiasts for a thematic show and tell of personal pieces. Free; no reservations required.

When: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10:30am Where: The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum 701 21st Street, NW Washington, District Of Columbia

Opened 2019-02-09 Closed 2019-02-09

War Rug shown at Exhibition
ID#- 802,
Fine Ali Kwaja Vase of Flowers Rug ,
122 x 183 cm
War Rug shown at Exhibition
ID#- 1664,
Large Medallion Drone War Rug (Loaned to Textile Museum),
112 x 122 cm