|Al Buraq Bolescht, Bag, or Pillow|
This a bag with a pile front and a plain woven back which typically would be used as a seat cushion on the floor. The pile side shows a single blue Al-Buraq with red wings and tail. The mythic figure sits in the center of a beautiful brown field decorated with flowers. A classic Turkmen border frames the composition.
Better photos towards the bottom. Also, please note there is some crusty schmutz on one corner which sits only on the surface of the rug.
The pile face of the bag, or bolescht, is backed with a plain plain weave face, which is attached at the selvedges. The pile and plain weave are one textile which is folded, then the sides are sewn up to form a pillow.
| 26 x 19 inches
66 cm x 48 cm
|Red, White, and Blue Reaper Drone Afghan War rug|
A great example of the "Chobi" or "Natural Dye Peshawar" rug now woven in Afghanistan . Condition is perfect and new (see selvedge report). Excellently woven from great wool and well washed.
| 24 x 39 inches
61 cm x 100 cm
|Two Plump Horses Rug|
An Afghan horse rug inspired by Iranian design-- three tall figures stand in the center of the rug flanked by flocks of chickens. The top and bottom of the rug sport plump brown horses ridden by dark figures. Four red lions mark each corner of the field.
The main border is comprised of red and black square medallions unique to this type of rug, bordered by two black and red swirling guard stripes.
Some red dye bleeding in the main field of the rug. Very small areas of moth damage are visible in the top right corner, bottom right and left corners, and top center of the rug. Quarter-sized spot of moth damage in the bottom center.
| 33 x 58 inches
84 cm x 148 cm
|Spare Afghan Map Rug with Herati Border (Exhibition History)|
The red field in this rug is uncommonly spare. This rug has one very rare feature. Two blue beads are sewn into the selvedges: on the left hand selvedge, about half way between top and bottom, and on the right selvedge about one foot from top. The border is very traditional and a type not often found on Afghan province map rugs. There are no war motifs in this rug.
| 32 x 48 inches
81 cm x 122 cm
|Vine Border Afghan Province Rug with Blue Field (Exh.#26)|
Afghan province map rug showing some roads. Dated clearly 1385 which is 2007 in western calendar.
| 33 x 53 inches
84 cm x 135 cm
|Original Humvee and Apache War Rug: Small Iraq Rug (Exhibition #26)|
The drawings of the humvee, the .45, and the Apache helicopter, which may be found on many war rugs available in 2022, originated in this small group of rugs from 2004. The prototype was this rug, and it does not include the humvee, .45, or the Apache. The true progenitors of this design are the silk map rugs showing provinces from the 1930's. There is a giant rug in the presidential palace in Cairo made by the same makers. More images of silk Iraq rug, price on request.
These Khargai Iraq rugs were begun before the tragic death of Sergio Vieira de Mello in Baghdad. The rug shows an Iraq map surrounedd by American weapons. The border designs is the same as Afghan map Khargai borders on earlier war rugs. The attack helicopters and humvee are remarkably well drawn. These are the first Afghan map rugs not depicting 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.
| 48 x 69 inches
122 cm x 175 cm
|Small Red War Rug with Blue Selvedge|
This classic war rug features an assortment of bright colors and is characterized by its bright cobalt blue selvedge. The bright pinks and greens pop from the red field.
The drawing of the armaments and the composition are indicative of the high point of Red Rugs in the mid 1990's woven in Pakistan by Afghan refugees.
Please see photos for places where moths have eaten distinct colors in places.
| 25 x 31 inches
63 cm x 79 cm