|Masood Prayer Rug|
New condition. This is an example of what Kevin Sudeith has duped, 'the feedback loop' where public discussions of war rugs sparks new iterations of these designs. Discussion on Nigel Lendon's blog.
|3'0" x 4'3"
92 cm x 130 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, on the right selvedge about one froot 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.
|2'8" x 4'0"
81 cm x 122 cm
|Clock Tower with Helicopters 2 War Rug|
This rug, like its mate of similar weave and design, #1484 is the most interesting contemporary rug I have seen. While the helicopters are somewhat non discript, these rugs speak to the International Coalition's actions in western Afghanistan like no other rugs that we have seen.
This rug appears to be woven by the same artist as rug #1484. Besides the similarity of design, the similarity of material is exact. Rug appears new without any floor wear. Fuzz still on back of knots. There is one condition issue of note, there is a two inch cut that runs above first palm tree on left side just above red line over palm tree. Four warps are exposed for two inches, but the warps are unbroken. The wefts are broken and two columns of green and yellow marled knots are missing where cut is. Two columns of 11 knots each are missing. (I will repair this or have it repaired and make note here)
|2'9" x 4'10"
84 cm x 148 cm
|Clock Tower War Rug|
This rug is very unusual. The wool is very good. The design is unique. It appears to be an adaptation of designs like This war rug #1465 or Plate 36 in Kevin Sudeith's first book about war rugs.. The large clock is unusual relative to similar designs. The white of the tower from which the clock hangs is understated. The foreground of this rug is abstracted, and there are war motifs like helicopters and rifles, scattered throughout the foreground.
The structure of this rug is reminiscent of rugs like war rug #26. It is possible that both of these rugs represent the work of the same weaver some 10 years apart.
The washing of this rug was not totally successful, for one can see some red discoloration in the lighter tans and whites, please see photos. Also note the light purple is an old fashioned analine dye, and significantly tip faded. Most synthetic dyes used in carpets today are no longer analine, but my understanding is that the particular purple in this rug is analyne. Condition notes aside, this is an interesting rug.
One of the subtle, and important, ways I judge rugs is by their weight. The best rugs have a density lacking in more poorly made rugs. Its not so much about knot count, because this rugs knotting is not particularly fine, but when I finished inventorying it and laid it back on the pile I noticed it had that density that speaks so well of rugs.
|2'11" x 4'7"
89 cm x 140 cm
|Clock Tower with Helicopters 1 War Rug|
This is a new design in the past few years. Nigel Lendon, Max Allen and Kevin Sudeith have debated the monument shown. Sudeith maintains that it is a recently built monument built in a traffic circle in Herat, Afghanistan. Several rugs in our most recent shipment show this monument from several angles. This rug, and one similar example (link), are the best. The helicopters in the top right corner are unique to these two carpets. The helicopters ad excellent scale to whole rug. The emerald green in the cars in the foreground unusual material and doesn't feel like wool. The same material is marled into the first green and tan line on the top edge of the foreground roadway. The variety of marled colors give depth to pictorial space in this landscape rug. The geometric renderings of buildings is particular to these pictorial rugs from western Afghanistan.
Simply put, this rug (and its mate) are the best contemporary war rugs. This rug is great design with timely imagery.
For more information on pictorial war rugs please order Kevin Sudeith's book on the subject.
|2'9" x 4'8"
84 cm x 142 cm
|Abstract Victoria St Landscape War Rug|
This rug appears to be an abstract version of a rug like this (example) which Max Allen has suggested is Victoria Station in Melborne Australia. The background urban skyline is really beautiful. The similarity between the helicopters at the bottom and the helicopters on the right side is interesting. The main border of this rug is a very old pattern found in antique rugs from the Caucuses to the Afghanistan. The color and wool are reminiscent of Mushwani rugs from before the Afghan Soviet war.
|2'11" x 4'9"
89 cm x 145 cm
|2007 City Scene Sumac|
Gul I'Birjista is the name of this type of carpet which combines sumac and pile. Parsons says it originated in Afghanistan during the 1960s. Currently, in our regular rug stock we have two sizes Gul I'Birjista rugs, and each size originates in a unique town. From scores of these rugs this is the only one featuring war motifs, specifically an airplane in the top right corner. The background of most Gul I'Birjista rugs is an off white sumac usually woven in a medium quality. The pile is dense and compact. This rug features very old fashioned style kilim skirts of red and blue horizontal stripes. Of the 100's of Gul I'Birjista rugs I have scene less than one percent are pictorial. This is an unusual and collectible rug at a good price because of its recent vintage.
|4'2" x 6'1"
127 cm x 185 cm
|Herat Traffic Circle Rug|
New condition with residue of cutting: various stray longer threads. . Nice sheen.
|3'0" x 4'9"
92 cm x 145 cm
|2008 Jam Minaret Rug|
Condition is excellent, as one would expect form a new rug. The landscape drawing is strong in this rug. The 13th Century Ghurid minaret is beautifully depicted. The middle ground is red and tan marled wool. Signed “Tareeq 2008”
|2'11" x 4'4"
89 cm x 132 cm
|Three Panel War Sajada|
Good condition. This rug appears not to have been blocked when it was washed after being woven, so it has a slightly bumpy lay. The border is a pattern one sees in published rugs from the 19th century.
This design is a later version of rugs like 1090 (Plate 25 in Pictorial War Rug Book) Plate 25 is from the early 1980s while this rugs is from the mid to late 1990s. Canada's Textile Museum in Canada exhibited an early example of this design which is also interesting because of its unusually large size.
|2'9" x 4'2"
84 cm x 127 cm
|"Victoria St Landscape Rug"|
This rug is in new condition. Max Allen, in his descriptions in Canada's Textile Museum Exhibition, describes this image thus:
""Flinders Street Station in Melbourne was built in 1854. It is the oldest urban railway station in Australia, and the busiest station in the southern hemisphere."". I was told by an Afghan friend that it is the Sultan Hussein Shrine, but I suspect Max is correct.
|3'0" x 4'10"
92 cm x 148 cm