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ID#:2024,
Unexploded Ordinance Warning Rug
This rug, and one other we have in the collection, are part of an unexploded ordinance awareness campaign. The text says, ""do not touch or play with, these are very dangerous"" The text is in both Farsi and Pashto. Excellent piece

ID#:1805,
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.

ID#:1804,
Blue Field, Large Size, Unexploded Ordnance Rug, UXO.
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#:1803,
White Field, Large, Unexploded Ordnance Rug. First example
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. Borders are beautiful, particularly the corner motifs.

Introducing a new design in 2020 from weavers in Afghanistan. The rug's style is "Chobi" or "Vegetal Dye Peshawar", but this style is no longer woven in camps around Peshawar Pakistan. The style's production moved to Afghanistan with returning refugees during the past 20 years.

This rug seems to be woven by the same weavers as the drone rugs, but the knotting in this rug is significantly finer than recent drone rugs.

The wool is excellent. The washing is also excellent, emphasizing the wool's sheen.

A note about photography. The rug is square but the step ladder was not tall enough to get over the center of the rug, so please excuse the perspective in the full rug photos.

ID#:1687,
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#:451,
DO NOT TOUCH War Rug (exhibited at Miami University Art Museum)
Good condition, some missing selvedge