Hadi Maktabi was introduced to me on Instagram, and he sells the most beautiful stuff. Canvassing his website, I came across this Bahktiar tribal portrait rug. Very wacky and cool:
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
Art is about context …
I sure hope you got a chance to check out those story-felt Afghan war rugs at Temple University’s Samuel L. Paley’s Library , room 303.
I wanted to make work that communicated something personal rather than intellectual, something that wouldn’t protect me from embarrassment or rejection—so I decided to start painting myself. Not how I looked, but how I felt about myself and my body.
I can’t wait to see the show.
This just in! Drones in red, white and blue.
Vegetable dye on hand spun wool. White cotton foundation. Pakistan 2014. $400
In January 2014 we received a new shipment of rugs from Afghan Turkmen weavers in Pakistan. They are an unusual designs using all natural dyes. The group of rugs is very limited, for the weavers only produced seven examples. The rugs are dated 2013, the wool is all hand spun, and no synthetic dyes are used.
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.”