Legacy of War: Unexploded Ordnance Awareness Rugs

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Large Size,  Unexploded Ordnance Afghan War Rug Afghan Rug
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.
ID: 1805

$7500

77 x 136 inches
196 x 345 cm
Life Sized Bombs<br> Unexploded Ordnance Rugs. <br> UXO Rug Afghan Rug
Life Sized Bombs
Unexploded Ordnance Rugs.
UXO 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.

The first Unexploded Ordnance war rugs seen by warrug.com came via Pakistan about twenty years ago. Here are two examples: Rug #2024 UXO Warning Rug, and Rug #451 Do Not Touch War Rug.

Sentiment and layout though is where the similarities stop, for whereas the rugs above are "Baluchi" style and likely woven around Herat in Western Afghanistan, the new rugs are "Peshawar" or "Chobi" style and were likely woven in Northeastern Afghanistan by Turkmen weavers.

The new UXO rugs came in two sizes (5x8 feet or 1.5M x 2.5M and 6'6"x12'6" or 2x4M)

A note about photography. The rug is square but the step ladder was not tall enough to get a square shot of the whole rug, so please excuse the perspective in the full rug photos.
ID: 1804

$6750

78 x 148 inches
198 x 376 cm
First example of Unexploded Ordnance Rugs: Small size, red field. 
 Afghan Rug
First example of Unexploded Ordnance Rugs: Small size, red field.
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.
ID: 1699

$3950

59 x 99 inches
150 x 251 cm
Light field, Smaller size, UXO or Unexploded Ordnance Rug. First edition.  Afghan Rug
Light field, Smaller size, UXO or Unexploded Ordnance Rug. First edition.
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.

Excellent knotting, design, and materials. This is one of six rugs received in late 2020. Three rugs were 6'6"x 12 feet, and three rugs were this size, roughly 5x8.5 feet.
ID: 1687

$3750

60 x 101 inches
153 x 257 cm