|12 Tanks with Car Border|
The best thing about this rug is the colors of the blue. Also, in the border, in between every visible car there is a burgundy colored car the same value as the surrounding blue.
|Dark Blue Ten Tank Rug with Muted Palette War Rug (Exhibition history #26)|
The war rug is in like new condition. The olive greens, like ninety nine percent of Baluchi rugs from western Afghanistan has tip fading. The olive green, on back is more vivid, but on face it a lighter more brownish green. The blue filed color has very nice and subtle abrash. The blue color is a slightly tinted Prussian blue. These more recent examples of the Ten Tank design are better executed than the earlier brown ones. This rug is more finely knotted of better wool than examples from the 1990's. The blue field works really well. Also the combination of the large motifs, tanks, and the smaller motifs, birds, rifles, tertiary motifs. There is a good dispersion of colors in the tertiary motifs: olive green, maroon, tan, brown, and burnt sienna. In the earliest example of this rug the word ""Tank Tank"" was clearly written in Farsi script on the sides of each tank. In recent examples though, the script is nearly illegible.
This rug is the mate of #1482
|Dark Blue Ten Tank Rug with Light Blue and Pink War Rug|
The drawing, colors, and pattern of this rug are excellent. The blue is dark Prussian blue. The light blue is not wool and feels like silk, but it may be mercerized cotton or synthetic. Note, only the light sky blue is not wool. The use of vivid colors is one of the best qualities in tribal rugs. (web blog link to afghan weavers) The freedom of expression and joy of life expresssed in vivid colors, like the light blue and pink in this rug (or the flourescents in other rugs and bags) give this rug a vitality not found in workshop and city rugs. The scattering of small areas of bright colors on dark field works very well, and has a n overall most beautiful effect.
|Tanks, Helicopters and Stylized Fighter Jet War Rug|
Very good quality and excellent condition. The border design, color and wool suggests this rug is closely related to classic ""10 Tank"" rugs in spite of difference in field design. The more brighly colored field images: red tanks, green tanks, red fighters give this rug a refreshing brilliance uncommon in ""10 Tank"" rugs. Blue wool is good quality as is blue dye.
The three columns of skinny images on each side and center of field are fighter jets, which have suffered what Nigel Nendon calls ""progressive abstraction"". Example, examle.
|Helicopter Border Version of Tank, Bomber Helicopter Style War Rug|
This rug appears to be the latest iteration of the Tank, Helicopter, Bomber Style War Rug. The tank and helicopter motifs are reminiscent of Tank, Heli, Bomber style, but more importantly the pile wool, specific shade of blue used in field color, and most indicatively, the warp threads. The design has changed a bit and it is very interesting watching it change.
The overall design of this rug is successfull, particularly for the dispersion of small areas of colors and a variety of motif sizes. The poorly defined border of somewhat inarticulate helicopter is not particularly effective, but it does show will to innovate. One of best design element is the top row of helicopters treads where blue squares are outlined in red. Beautiful.
|Small Ten Tank Style War Rug Featuring Black Tanks. (Exhibition #26)|
The wool and knotting of this rug is not like Ten Tank rugs while the design is quite similar. The design difference is the use of different colors in rows of tanks. The sue of black, red, and golden yellow on tanks sets them off very effectively from blue field and blue and tan border. Its difficult to say absolutely, but this rug appears not to be a ""Ten Tank"" rug in spite of its design. Ten Tank rugs tend to have a straight fiber slightly sharp pile wool, and ropey brown warps. This rugs pile wool is curly and soft and its warps are very fine quality blond wool. As mentioned above also, the colors in this rug are not usual. Typically Ten Tank rugs are brown, tan, and blue. This rug has black, red, golden yellow, as well as tow browns.
|Small Size Classic Ten Tank Rug|
Ten Tanks rugs have tan fields, like this one, but in the past 5 years the tan fields have become rare.
|Blue Field Ten Tank Rug|
This rug is the classic “Ten Tank” rug. Overall the condition is very good with out signs of wear. Its wefts are thick 3 shoots, thee brown wool is sharp and stiff. The blue used in this rug is better material and color than other 10 Tank rugs we have
|Blue Ten Tank War Rug with Three Columns of Tanks|
This war rug has some wear but is in very good condition. There is some sarnach. There is a small area of wear in middle between second and third rows of tanks from bottom. There is a small repair near middle column next to second tank from top.
|Blue Ten Tank Rug|
This good rug is in unused condition, but it has been in our pile for almost 10 years.
Good quality example of this kind of rug. Best example we have received in years. Not especially finely knotted, but good wool and good color.
|10 Tank War Rug with Four Petal Flowers|
New, full pile.
|10 Tank Rug|
Good quality and condition. Best quality for this type
|Red Ten Tank with Good Writing (Exhibited Denison Art Museum)
|12 and a Half Tank War Rug|
This rug is in good new condition. This rug features particularly nice borders for the type.
|Two ewer with blue tanks|
Overall condition very good. Full pile with some oxidation of the light grey in the top row of tanks with brown lettering longer than grey background. Knot density fair. Good range of color with unusual use of brighter colors, like cherry red and sky blue. Rug is clean. Full pile. Addition of cars in Two Ewer design is unusual.
|Ten Tank, Brown Field, White Stars|
This rug is a good example of this style. The large size is nice. Its condition is perfect. . Short and even pile. Beautiful long brown fringe. It is typical Baluch with the overall dark palette with a touch of white for accent.
|8 Tank War Rug #3|
An excellent example of this style of rug. Knots are consistent sizes, pile is very even, and the wool is good quality.
The colors are rich and the design is very nice. I think the starburst motifs are more attractive than the 4 leaf clover patterns seen on similar rugs. Also the field is more sparely decorated, which is nice.
The details are good too. The warp wool is very good quality and the selvedge is very strong and the warps are fully covered by the goat hair overcast. The kilim end and finishing knots are well done too.
The overall drawing and depictions of the tanks are beautiful.
|Large 10 Tank blue Afghan War Rug|
|12 Tank Afghan War Rug|
I was told these rugs came out of Mazar I Sharif in the mid 1990s. They show the tendency away from realistic depiction of war motifs towards abstraction and traditional motifs. It is the beginning of the mannerization of war motifs. Good subtle pattern.
|8 tank small Afghan War Rug|
Perfect. Like new. . A Pakistani friend told me these rugs are made by refugees from Mazar I Sharif who live in NWFP Pakistan. This style shows a more abstract approach to war imagery. The simplified tanks verge on Bokara. Unusual size. Tribal.