|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.
| (exhibited at Miami University Art Museum)Tan Large War Rug (was tagged 2040 at miami u show)|
|Double Prayer Rug|
Excellent condition. The field blue color is that best of Herati blues. Slightly darker than cobalt with good depth and resonance.
|Prayer War Rug||957|
| (exhibited at Miami University Art Museum) Brown (washed) Saph (Runner Dimension Prayer Rug)|
This rug is a saph, or runner shaped prayer rug for many people side by side. It is not used the long way, like in a hall, but people pray cross wise to the run of the carpet. Probably washed, but difficult to say for certain.
|Prayer War Rug with Four Helicopters and Two Bombers|
This rug is a Taimani Baluch rug from south western Afghanistan. This is a prayer rug, which is represented in the two sets of two towers. Each set of two towers is joined at a blunted crest of arches, typical of prayer rugs. What sets this prayer rugs apart from hundreds of others are the airplanes and helicopters floating above the towers.
This incredible art work was woven in South-western Afghanistan by a woman of Taimani Baluch descent. It is a functional piece of art, as she juxtaposes the traditional directional carpet with contemporary images from her current existence. Among the images of the towers and the crest of arches that would be used to point towards Mecca during prayer, we can see the reality of life during what should be peaceful reflection interrupted by her clear expression of noise in her war torn nation. This devout Muslim woman, in her attempt to create a magnificent piece in which to use for prayer, cannot ignore the planes and helicopters as they fly over head. Why would this artist risk death by the Taliban to preserve her art? Why is it of great importance? This brave artist points out with only pure alacrity that in spite of ones circumstances her faith and beliefs must live on. This lustrous art tells of an example of great perseverance.
|Alexander the Great Citadel Prayer War Rug with Three Helicopters|
|1990 Dated Prayer War Rug w/Afghan Map|
This is an older war rug in good condition with some flaws. First off, there is some damage to the selvedge, the ends have been reduced, and there is some minor moth damage in a few places. These flaws ALONE would add thousands of dollars to the price of any rug. ;)
Seriously though, the flaws are there, but please allow the staff at warrug.com to point out some of the reasons that in spite of these, this rug would be the highlight of any war rug collection. There have been many weavers making war rugs for enthusiasts of 2002 war rugs with a map after the US entered Afghanistan. This is not one of those. This is a war rug we have loaned out to museums and galleries from the Soviet Era invasion of Afghanistan. This war rug has not only a map of Afghanistan with all the Provinces and surrounding countries written in Farsi, and is dated in Farsi, but it is also a war rug that is a signed work of art. Its age, the uniqueness of a map rug from that time, and the fact that it has war themes makes this rug rare and valuable. Then, throw in the AMAZING element of the fact that it also has a classic Afghan prayer rug design with a mosque and minarets and you can begin to appreciate how wonderfully fascinating this rug is.
This war rug is structurally sound and the border is nice. The charcoal blue field has softened into a charcoal grey and it is made from lustrous wool with an excellent sheen. The entire staff at warrug.com has agreed that this is the most spectacular war rug we have ever seen.
|Afghan Prayer Rug with Rockets and Animals|
This Soviet era rug is in good condition given its age. The wool is beautiful and the color is unusual for type. It has areas of low pile and some repairs, please see the pictures. The repairs are reweaves of good quality. The first is near the middle of the rug and is roughly 2x4 inches, the second is about 1.5 inches square also towards the middle. The other two repairs are dime sized reweaves near the bottom of the rug. One is a lighter blue than the surrounding area and sits in just south of the middle of the border. The other is in the outer guard stripe. There are other minor imperfections as well, such as some missing fringe. All things considered, this is a beautiful rug of old vintage in a rare pattern in very satisfactory condition.
|Pictorial / Prayer Afghan War Rug|
Very unusual design. Rug is Dusty. Nice fatty wool. This rug is a very unusual pattern. This is the first distinctively prayer rug we have had. Checkered building are nicely contrasted by blue stream or street running up middle. Hole in middle.