|Blue Elephant foot Bokara Drone War Rug |
New condition. Excellent wool tightly woven. Natural colors on hand spun wool.
| 85 x 60 inches
217 cm x 153 cm
|Cloudburst Medallion with Helicopters and Special Border|
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This rug has many beautiful qualities. The border is fantastic. There is a very unusual line of helicopters with a href="https://www.warrug.com/warrugs/1651/IMG_5635.jpg" target=_new>pots of flower's on each side. The medallion is totally unique and has hints of Bessarabian kilim. The animals are amazing, but it is the three female figures at the bottom that are really special.
The rug is well knotted from excellent smooth wool. The dedication to the border drawing is a testament to the good materials and craft.
This rugs drawback is that water damage has produced some bleeding and color runs
It would be nice read the illegible English writing, so if you can translate the legible script translate the text, please contact us
| 112 x 74 inches
285 cm x 188 cm
|Early Large Format Landscape Afghan War Rug|
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The condition of this rug is excellent and virtually new despite its age. The rhythmic array of plants drawn in diverse styles creates a beautiful visual rhythm drawing the viewer's eye around the carpet. The designs blends abstract imagery with rhythmic patterning.
The colors are classic Taimani with red, blue, burgundy, and an array of marled colors which give depth to the landscape.
The simply drawn armor arrayed along a road in a column is common in 1980's war rugs.
The architecture in the corners is an interesting accent, and the English characters suggest the rug is from later in the 1980's.
The border features white sumac behind the pile medallions which is called gul-i-birjista.
Slight bleeding of rust color into blue and white marled sky, otherwise condition is excellent.
| 81 x 112 inches
206 cm x 284 cm
|Large Scale Bokara Drone War Rug|
This is one of two rugs seen by warrug.com which employ a classic Bokara or Elephants Foot design, but rather than traditional tribal emblems this rug uses a major and minor guls made from drones.
The other rug of this design is herethis drone configuration is seen in this rug and this similar similar this rug
The condition is new and excellent.
| 78 x 117 inches
198 cm x 297 cm
|Large Tree of Life Rug |
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This is classic tree of life design showing the creatures of the Garden,. This rug #1647, the tree design has been simplified and abstracted. Plant motifs have been flattened into abstract patterns. Immediately below the brown, patterned, rectangle at the top right is an abstracted eagle carrying its prey, where the eagle has a green body and V shaped wings, and the prey is brown with three legs and a tail.
Rugs that contrast war motifs, like the border of this rug, with old patterns are the most exciting. The contrast of natural images with technology, like tanks, cars, or helicopters is one of the beauties of war rugs.
This rug, #91, is a less abstracted example of the same pattern
This blog post is about how rugs become abstracted, . and here is a good example of a not abstracted Mt. Fuji rug.
And This blog post is about the design in this rug, #1647, compared to a regular rug of the same pattern.
This post shows a a similar abstraction process with the Tyne Bridge and Newcastle Swing Bridge
| 66 x 114 inches
168 cm x 290 cm
|UXO Red Field. Large Size Unexploded Ordnance Afghan War Rug|
This rug, and the group of which it is a part, are all exceptionally well made from the best quality materials. The designs are well organized with a strong composition and design. Borders are beautiful, particularly the corner motifs.
This new group of unexploded ordnance rugs are uncommonly beautiful. The design is strong and related, apparently, to these rugs from the Omar Mine Museum: #2024 Unexploded Ordnance Warning Rug, and this absolute gem, #451 Do Not Touch War Rug
The subject matter and layout, though, is where the similarities end, for rugs #451 and #2024 are classic "Baluchi" rugs most likely woven around Herat in Western Afghanistan, whereas the new group of rugs are woven in the "Chobi" or "Vegetal Dye Peshawar" style with Turkmen borders. We contacted OMAR about their rugs, but they were not forthcoming, and the new rugs bear no OMAR emblem like the earlier rugs.
A note about the photography: the step ladder was not tall enough to get a square shot of the whole big rugs. The rugs are square although the photos are not.
| 77 x 136 inches
196 cm x 345 cm
|Giant Iraq War Rug|
Iraq map showing American weapons and neighboring countries. Border from earlier designs. The attack helicopters and humvee are remarkably well drawn in these rugs. These are the first Afghan war rugs not representing Afghanistan. The vocabulary is constant but the subject has changed. These rugs demonstrate the degree to which war rugs have become an established vernacular in Afghan art.
| 50 x 96 inches
127 cm x 244 cm
|2005 Signed Giant World Map Rug|
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This large world map rug features very detailed and well drawn depictions of the countries of the world labeled in english. The map features latitude and longitude lines, as well as the names of the oceans. Surrounding the map is a border composed of the flags of the world again labeled in english. The rug is signed at the top in a red box.
Below the map the continents of the world are featured in their own squares (not in proportion). The blue used for the water in the rug is a great abrash and gives a lot of depth.
There is a large orange stain in the center of the rug.
| 107 x 123 inches
272 cm x 312 cm
|Four Panel Prayer Rug |
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The main landscape motif in this rug is repeated four times, once in each quadrant. The rug appears to be a multi-person prayer rug. A strong patterned line separates the two vertical halves, and a red and white barber pole line separates the top and the bottom. One thing that differentiates this rug from other multi-person prayer rugs is that it is symetrical vertically, so all the minarets cannot point to Mecca.
The composition uses strong diagonals to draw in the eye into the rug and move one's attention around the carpet. At the top the brown triangles at top and bottom adn diagonal brown lines combine with the polychrome checkerboards to activate the composition. In the center, sitting atop the diagonals is a rectangle with orange and red buildings in the corners, and whose sides are the leaf forms between the minarets in the dark sky.
The mirror images across the vertical mid-line is unusual and turns the two panels into one larger scene. The reflection across the center horizon, appears almost like a reflection in water, similar to this rug and this rug. This rug is symmetrical vertically and horizontally, it is somewhat similar to this war rug, but nonetheless very unusual.
The image appears to be a mountain landscape with minarets behind the mountains. In front of the mountains is a Soviet armored column, a wall, and another column in front of the wall. The checkerboard pattern gives dramatic spatial depth to the design.
The armored column (like rug #1082) shows Soviet era cab-over Soviet military trucks points reinforcing the 1980's attribution. The wool foundation is a early rugs.
| 78 x 108 inches
198 cm x 274 cm