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Orange Ten Tank Rug
The muted blues of the border and flowers of this rug provide a soothing coolness to contrast the vibrance of the orange thread used in the center. In addition, the brown serves to neutralize the color palette overall, while still allowing the tanks and flowers to have a certain luminance within the composition of the rug.
While this Ten Tank design is similar to other rugs recently available, the structure of this rug is very unusual. It has wool wefts, which is very rare in contemporary Baluchi rugs.

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”

Blue Plane Pattern on Tan Field War Rug
This rug features inventive drawing and beautiful colors. The contrast between the mannered patterning on the tanks contrasts beautifully with the busy field full of small planes and traditional motifs.

Two Red Tanks War Rug
Really good example of a 1980's rug. The pattern (with a series of small medallions with a jagged white outline) is an old one documented in books about antique rugs. There are similar contemporary designs which originate in Khorrassan around Mashad in eastern Iran. The Iranian iterations of this pattern are red and black, typically with a black field, and the medallions a mix of red, orange and white.

This rug is in very good condition but has a couple of noteworthy condition issues: First, a bright pink color used in tertiary images is fugitive, so there is tip fading. Secondly, there is considerable sarnach as well as short lines where the pile is displaced by very depressed warps.

Dark Blue War Rug with Multi-colored Air Planes
The brightly colored airplanes in the background of this rug make it stand out. The tanks are rendered in the classic "Ten Tank" style and colors, but the light planes make it really sing. The light blue colors are very nice and contrast beautifully with the dark field and its rich abrash. The way that lightly colored cars are dispersed around the border works very well and gives this piece a strong rhythm.

Red War Rug with Planes Shaped as Human Female Figures
Beautiful rug. Nicely drawn. The range of image sizes works well: large AK47's, medium size helicopters and tanks, and small airplanes in the background. Good colors. How the topmost tank is loosely drawn is excellent. It is more round than most and it has lots of character.
The bottom of this rug flages out, so it's not very square
This rug is in new condition. Red Rugs were woven in Pakistan during the 1990s until the international community forced the Taliban out of Afghanistan in 2001. The weavers of these rugs were Afghan refugees who returned to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. The Red rugs currently available have been sitting in warehouses since they were woven in the 1990's so their condition is excellent and like new.

Buff Field Flwoer Medallion Helicopter War Rug
This rug is subtle and fascinating. The colors are understated while the pattern keeps your eyes moving across the entire piece. The border is classic and solid, yet the center imagery is a bit more unusual and frenetic. The simple helicopters are common to this style of rug. What is unusual are the little planes sprinkled between the choppers and mandala-like floral designs. The rugs shape is imperfect, with one end wider than the other.

Red Rug with Magenta Accents
This Red War Rug is warm and vibrant. The Kalashnikovs and tanks depicted have pops of a bright fuchsia. Overall, the colors are quite contradictory to the imagery. A single row of rainbow bullets line the edges. The reason for the numbers is not totally understood but are believed to be an arbitrary list of what the Pakistani women hypothesized to be on the sides of Russian tanks.

Red Background Boxy Tank
The deep blue base of this rug is intertwined with beautiful dark brown figures of planes and cars. However, the contrast provided by the bright pink threading is the real standout aspect of the rug. The vibrance of the pink gives life to all the images contained within its boundaries in a way that is incredible and adds greatly to the overall quality of this piece.
This rug is densely knotted with small singles and clipped long, so it has a dense, soft feeling.

Ten Tank War Rug with Beautiful Blue Field
This is a dark take on the 10 Tank War Rug style. The 16 tanks it actually sports are surrounded by first a geometric design then a second, more floral outer border. There are small red and orange planes filling the negative space between the tanks. The colors overall are quite somber.

Red Tora Bora with Tanks
The wool is better in these second generation Large Tora Bora rugs. The initial group laid flat, but the wool was lesser quality. This wool is fluffier and stands up better. Along with the pattern, there are speckled green mountains.
Text says 'Afghanistan' in tan on red at the top.

Contemporary WTC Rug
Contemporary iteration, from after 2010, of the World Trade Center rugs. The old style which was once plentiful is no longer available. The weavers and structure of these rugs are the same as the original WTC rugs, but the design has changed over time to reflect both wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Other examples of Iraq war rugs are here.

NO flag banner
This rug is in perfect condition. There are two panels. The top shows a view of lower Manhattan with Battery Park. Planes are flying into the buildings.
Afghanistan and Iraq are below. 19-03-03 is noted, the date of the invasion of Iraq. US planes b52, f16 are labeled.
Inside the map of Afghanistan is a Tora Bora reference with visual reference to older rugs Tora Bora rugs

Vine Border Afghan Province Rug with Blue Field (Exhibition #26)
Afghan province map rug showing some roads. Dated clearly 1385 which is 2007 in western calendar.

Cool Abrash War Rug
This subtle rug uses deep blues and dark browns to provide a very cool tone wherever it's placed. However, the bright orange thread used throughout proves to be a beautiful highlight, lending the piece a wonderful sense of contrast.

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: 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)


Blue Abrash Helicopter Red Rug
The simple blue helicopter at the center of this rug is really beautiful. Also, the overall composition works well with big AK's, medium sized helicopters and APC's, and small rifles and airplanes. The color combination of red, yellow and dark blue is effective. Lastly, this rug is slightly larger than most red rugs.

This rug is in new condition. Red Rugs were woven in Pakistan during the 1990s until the international community forced the Taliban out of Afghanistan in 2001. The weavers of these rugs were Afghan refugees who returned to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. The Red rugs currently available have been sitting in warehouses since they were woven in the 1990's so their condition is excellent and like new.

Yellow Highlights Ten Tank Rug
Though one would think the dark blue used throughout the rug would make it an overall very drab piece, the use of bright threading throughout actually gives this piece a nice sense of liveliness. The 8 pointed stars on the border, flanked by the 8 pointed pink starbursts and the light brown chevrons also give the piece a beautiful sense of motion in an otherwise static piece

Pink Field War Rug with Tanks Outlined in Red
Great design in very nice quality rug. Knotting is dense with excellent wool. Design is unique with a highly stylized border and lots of SSS shapes on the pink field. One of the best war rugs from western Afghanistan that we have received in a while.
Same weaver as rug #1546

Good Quality Large Size Blue Ten Tank Rug
This is a classic version of this design. Years ago, most of these rugs were brown on brown; but the blue and brown work better together. The blue and brown compliment each other well within a limited value range (range of light and dark) The color palette is limited and very subtle. The five borders are typical of this type.

Two Vases with Airplanes
Carpet is in new condition. Purchased in 2003

Large Iraq Rug (Exhibition #26)
Iraq Rug Large, perfect new condition. Thick soft pile. Note misspelling in ""Welcome""

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.

Dark blue rug with subtle brown helicopter and car patter/trim
This is a contemporary Afghan war rug (2010) featuring an unusual design. Car borders have become increasingly common on a wide group of different patterns. This is one of the most interesting rugs to arrive with the last shipment. The light on dark composition works well, as does the blue and brown combination.

Pink Field Ten Tank Rug
With a deep blue border and muted reds and browns for the cars, this rug makes the center truly pop. The muted reds paired in the center with the bright pink thread form an intricate sequence of shapes and patterns that gives this rug a delightfully engrossing aesthetic.

AK-74 and Rocket Launchers
This is a second generation AK74 Red Rug. The first ones were woven in the mid 1990's and they were a small sub-group of the red rugs.

Red rug with numbered pattern/bullet trim and colored tanks with airplanes throughout
This is a classic example of one group of Red war rugs. The spare field with only Armored Personnel Carriers all simply rendered is consistent with one small production. This rug has unusual abrash throughout the field.
The yellow wool is very unusual on the underside of the APCs just below the middle of the rug. The other pastel greens, pinks, and light blue are also unusual. One note, the two sections of purple "text" near the bottom are aniline dye. Analine dyes are mostly abandoned because they are fugitive. One sees this purple mostly in rural rugs from Afghanistan, and we haven't seen it in Red Rugs previously.

This rug is in new condition. Red Rugs were woven in Pakistan during the 1990s until the international community forced the Taliban out of Afghanistan in 2001. The weavers of these rugs were Afghan refugees who returned to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. The Red rugs currently available have been sitting in warehouses since they were woven in the 1990's so their condition is excellent and like new.

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