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Shahyaad Square Mashadi Rug with Police Cars (Called Azadi Square after Islamic revolution
This Iranian rug depicts a pair of cars, one dark green and one fluorescent blue in front of the Azadi Square monument. A tree and a tall plant sit on either side of the monument with some text at the top of the rug. Between the two cars sits a fluorescent blue stoplight.
The main border is comprised of blue, orange, red, and purple flowers outlined in a dark green on black background. The borders on the top and bottom sides of the rug seem to be 'squished' compared to those on the right and left.
2081

Rug memorializing Ayatollah Khomeini's return from France, dated with date of Khomeini's return to Iran
This colorful Iranian rug depicts Ayatollah Khomeini's return from France, dated with date of Khomeini's return to Iran. Note the French flag on the tail of the plane.
The thin main border is comprised of small red, green, blue, and orange squares on a white background with black borders.
2069

Shahyaad Square Rug with Car
This small Iranian rug features rich color and bright accents of flourescent greens and blues. It depicts two cars, one red and one green, in Azadi Square. Two multicolored trees sit to the right and the left of the structure in the center.
The border is comprised of white, green, and brown diamond patterns on a red background. There is some fading in the wool of the borders however the bright colors of the main field are unaffected.
2067

Unusual Rare War Rug with Birds
This unusual rug features four large red medallions running down the center. On either side of the medallions sits trucks, helicopters, and at the bottom two large orange and red birds sing towards the sky. Two building-shaped motifs sit at the top of the rug between rows of potted plants. The potted plants below the buildings have a unique bright neon blue center, the only place in the rug with this color. Above the buildings are two bright green dots.
2066

Yellow War Rug
2056

Mixed \"Ten Tank"""" and """"Car Style"""" War Rug"
2052

Exhibited in Miami Universit Art Musuem WTC Rug with Flight Numbers
2040

Three Building War Rug
A prominent war rug aficionado and I have been trying to ID this building. I have been convinced that it is specific place. This rug is supple, the wool is soft and shiny. 1980s. Good drawing especially of secondary image weapons. Excellent tanks.
UPDATE: Building is perhaps a series of dome-shaped houses in perspective behind elongated yards and trees (the long 'stripes' below the triangular shapes).
2023

Baba Saqal Design Latif Chel War Rug -NEW PHOTOS & DESCRIPTION
Latif Chel.
This is a very rare Turkmen rug dating from the early 1980s. Baluchi weight and feel, but medallions are called by Parsons "Baba Saqal".
2009

Two Vases with Airplanes
Carpet is in new condition. Purchased in 2003
1642

Lion Rug
This older rug shows some wear. Also, knotting is atypical, knots are small and compact, but look oddly pixilated from back. The color blue is exceptional, ant typical of rugs like this with good wool and fine knotting.

This rug was woven by the same weaver as rug #883 (sold).
1466

Post 2001 Style War Rug
This is a style of rug which appeared after the boom of interest in war rugs after 2001. This style features a combination of styles found here on warrug.com: 10 Tank style, Car Style, and Rows of Weapons style. I've seem my competition offer these as
1461

Large Afghan Map Rug
Overall condition good. Small ink stain at intersection of Kabul, Kapisa, Parchvan, and Kanerz provinces. This rug could use a wash, dirt areas: border of Baheen and Oruzagan provinces, middle of Oruzagan province.
1435

Large Farah
Very good for rug of its age. Long pile throughout
1434

Very Early White Field War Rug
This early war rug features blue and maroon planes and helicopters alternating with large geometric medallions typical for this sort of rug. The border consists of alternating trucks and helicopters with plain blue and brown guard stripes.
A high quality rug, there is some damage and large repairs in the top center of the rug in addition to some heavy wrinkling.
1300

MIG War Rug
A very unique rug featuring a detailed profile view of a Soviet aircraft in camouflage. The plane reads '92' on the side with a red star on the back tail fin. Russian (?) letters are written in black above the aircraft. Multicolored geometric figures and flowers fill in the negative space around the plane.
The small zigzag of the fringe adds a touch of intricate detail to the rug.
1070

Vases, Dogs, Weapons
ID ACTUALLY 16 http://www.warrug.com/warrugs/styles.php?idr=16
1013

Unusual Three Medallion War Rug with Little Helicopters
Very good, especially for age. Full pile, little bit of sarnach, damage on kilim ends, little wear on selvedge in one spot. Basically very good.
1011

World Map Baluchi Rug with Mir Border
This rug features a small very abstracted world map (the design of which is probably copied from an atlas as attributed by the maps on the bottom) captioned in Farsi script. Below the map are rows of tiny world flags. The top and bottom thirds of the field are composed of village scenes with RPGs, rifles, planes, helicopters, and firing tanks running through the roads. Small dated text is visible over the top edge of the map in the road. These scenes are all separated by brightly colored green, red, and orange geometric guard stripes.
A succession of different borders and guard stripes containing flowers, abstract and geometic motifs, and smaller shapes forms the outside of the rug.
Possibly influenced by the works of Alighiero Boetti.
1004

Beige Field War Rug with Vases of Flowers and Four Helicopters.
Excellent, very good wool, full pile, good sheen, minor well done repair in the field. Little bit of sarnach. Densely knotted. Good thick pile, on scale of 1-100, a 95.
Price reduced on 1/29/14
980

Small Tank Saddle Bag
A rectangular blue bag in a style that has previously been used as 'saddle bags' for horses, now usually used for motorcycles. The front of the bag shows a tall tank surrounded by multiple thin borders with various geometric patterns.
The back includes a large red and green medalion on a blue field surrounded by squished 'Z' shapes. The border is made up of some sort of purple and white flower pattern.
Six bushy tassels wrapped in a decorative wool cord, three on each side, keep the sides of the bag closed. Three of these cords are becoming unraveled from their tassels.
A multicolored fringe of long wool hangs from the bottom of the bag.
951

Motorcycle Torba
This vivid motorcycle bag features an image of a motorcycle beneath two helicopters on one side, and a red and green medallion on the other. Waves, swirls, and flowers make up the guard stripes around the composition.
Tassles of purple, yellow, green, pink, and red wool thread line the outer edge of the bag.
925

Saddle Bag War Rug
This large red bag is characterized by the two separate rugs that have been sewn together- the 'front' is a typical woolen woven rug pile, while the 'back' is all kilim in a wide stripe pattern.
The front of the bag is red with a variety of tanks, hand guns, smaller tanks, grenades, bullets, and helicopters filling the space of the field. In contrast, the main border is made up of yellow, blue, green, and white flowers.
892

War Torba
Unusual bag made with red wool pile for the 'front' and brown, orange, and blue plain weave and weft substitution kilim. 7 dangly orange and brown closure loops are attached at the mouth of the bag, but the loops on the other half of the bag are missing.
Large trucks, helicopters, jets, rifles, mines, and various geometric shapes fill the space in the red main field. The border is made up of a pattern of brown triangles and green and grey lines.
891

Wife of Toopaq Dated 1983
A large rug rich with color, this might have been a multi-person prayer rug accommodating up to 6 people as signified by the six pointed buildings/solidly colored areas. Six colorfully banded medallions are distributed between the rows of pointed shapes. Between the top and bottom row of pointed shapes sits a bird atop a tree, a symbol of good luck.
The negative space is filled with small helicopters, rows of tanks, planes, and camels. The two pointed shapes in the center of the rug are filled with various colorful four-legged animals and birds.
The main border of tanks is typical of early war rugs. This is contrasted with the two equally sized guard stripes of flowers and shapes.
797

Red Washed Sofreh
Sumac border This unique square red rug features a composition composed of two large red rifles on either side of a long medallion. Poppies grow above and below the medallion with trucks and helicopters on either side of the uppermost flowers. Bullets and symbols fill out the negative space.
The rug features two equally sized borders, one with pile that features small medallions and diamonds. The outermost border is sumac and features patterns with stars, chevrons, waves, and other geometric forms.
750

Camel Medallion Herati Afghan War Rug with Tank Border
This newish rug is in very good condition. This is an excellent rug. The wool is soft, fine and dense. It is well knotted. It has a most pleasurable sensation underfoot. The sheen is silky and lustrous. It represents the best kind of Baluchi rug from western Afghanistan.
The pattern of this rug is unique and does not fit into any style. The tank border is reminiscent of ""Two Ewer"" rugs or ""Golden Border"" rugs, but the we have never seen this kind of medallion in any Afghan Baluchi rug, war or otherwise.
The main camel medallion color is undyed wool, probably camel wool. The smaller square medallions are very unique, and the brown outer portion is again undyed wool. The colors, from the camel to the green centers are beautifully keyed together.
The different sized motifs throughout the rug make a strong composition. The large motifs, the camel medallions, contrast well with the small motifs in the field and the medium sized tank motifs on the border.
Simply, a great rug.
318

Afghan Map rug with Sun Rising Over Mountains - No Weapons
The condition of this new Afghan rug is perfect. This rug showcases the beautiful Tora Bora mountain region with the sun seen between two peeks and various wildlife and flowers. The colors used are wonderfully vivid and the two shades of blue used next to each other are particularly nice.
By all technical means, this has no commonly known ""war"" images of weapons. However, we feel they are important art forms to be included in a war rug collection. This is because these rugs are derived from war rugs, and also because many maps were first charted for reasons either for war, or as a result of war. Territory and border disputes are often the only, and oldest, reasons for war.
298

Black Tank Border Runner w/ Airplane Burka
This rug is one of a pair of war rugs in a runner format from the Soviet era. Both are very beautiful and in good condition given their age. Both rugs have all the best qualities on looks for in war rugs. They have super wool, excellent sheen, interesting and unique patterns, interesting structural elements, and rich colors.
The overall condition of this rug is very good, particularly given its Soviet era vintage. The condition issues are: there are a couple spots where a single knot is missing (see pictures), mostly from ""sarnach"" (means ""head of the tread, sarnach are spots where warp of weft threads have been tied to extend there length and there is either a small bump where the knot is or a tuft of foundation thread sticking up through pile.), there is low pile on one end, some of the ornamental fringe is missing (see pictures), and there is minor bleeding on one corner.
These issues taken into consideration, this is a super rug. Beautiful wool, well knotted, interesting design, nice structural elements, gorgeous sheen. The color has softened from a blue black to a charcoal and purplish black. It has nice abrash. The white trucks in the border exemplify the beautiful wool used in this war rug. The design is very unusual with the clunky trucks and APCs in the borders and the artistically drawn airplanes on the inner guard stripe. The planes appear to be both fighters and bombers.

Some war rugs feature a figure of a woman in a burka. These are mostly seen in the ""Golden Border"" style. This rug has the best example seen with one airplane showing the lattice face piece of the Afghan style burka. It is depicted in a grid of dots where the face is. This type of double imagery shows the craftiness of these Afghan folk artists to illustrate their human position in the world.
This rug really demonstrates the benefit of an older rug, as well as how beautiful and older war rug can be.
147

Black Tank Border w/ Long Fringe and Neon Diamonds
This rug is one of a pair of war rugs in a runner format from the Soviet era. Both are very beautiful and in good condition given their age. Both rugs have all the best qualities on looks for in war rugs. They have super wool, excellent sheen, interesting and unique patterns, interesting structural elements, and rich colors.

First lets examine the effects of age. One corner has a wear one inch into the kilim skirt. That corner also is missing some of the supplemental fringe, and there is some where between the bands of weft substitution, but the other fringe is in better condition. . This rug has a repiled repair that spans 2 inches by 7 inches in the airplane border. There is also some ""sarnach"" (means ""head of the tread, sarnach are spots where warp of weft threads have been tied to extend there length and there is either a small bump where the knot is or a tuft of foundation thread sticking up through pile.) on the top end where one sees grey specs of weft in the black field. Please see photos.
This is an excellent war rug, as is its mate. One particularly unusual feature of this rug is the series of brightly colored diamonds running up the middle of the rug. They definitely are not wool, and when we burn tested them the material had an ash like silk. We have never seen this type of decoration on any war rugs. In addition the burgundy medallion color is beautiful.
There is nice abrash in the field color. The wool is the best: soft, lustrous, felt like and strong. The black color is used primarily to represent mourning which accents the weapons in a poignant way. The way the medallions sit on the burgundy pole with the arrow at the top is reminiscent of a tree of life design.

This war rug, and its mate, are some of the very nicest.
138

Prayer with Two Cars and Stinger
This prayer war rug is new. The prayer format is defined by the arch at the top center, as well as the house forms in the top corners. The rest of the design is uncommonly organized, with a clutter of urban and rural motifs throughout the field including three cars.
At first these three cars appear to be the only modern imagery, but closer examination reveals a stinger missile hidden in the lower field. It may be an example of art imitating life but often Stinger missiles appear hidden in designs. Stinger missiles are the most rare of weapons depicted in war rugs. This could because, according to one account, the US supplied only 500 pieces, so a limited amount of people would have actually seen or used them. Also they were not introduced in Afghanistan until late 1986. Please see the third picture down of this rug to see a similar depiction of a Stinger missile click here. The Stinger in this rug is dissected. The top half is to the left and the bottom half is to the right, on the right side of the red dots.
This war rugs condition is excellent.
The colors are dark with a predominantly black field. Black is typically used in mourning rugs. Red is combined with blue for a purple effect which is rare. The border's primary color is undyed wool.
The back of this war rug has a corduroy feel and texture.
77

Pickup Truck Afghan War Rug
This is a very unusual rug. Composition is unusual but not totally unique. The pickup truck image is unique, particularly with the heavy machine gun mounted in back of truck. Please note the drawing of the second heavy machine gun. I propose this rug is woven by a man. The drawing of second gun could only be done by someone with detailed knowledge of this weapon. The weaver must know and be comfortable with the inner workings of this weapon to be able to depict it in such detail.
33

ALSO RUG 1013 Red Cicatu Afghan War Rug also 1013
Excellent. Beautiful fringe. Thick braided weft brocade on kilim end. Uneven length pile. Lots of abrash in the red ground.
This unique rug is allegedly from the estate of a Russian Diplomat and has a great red and blue-grey color scheme. Featuring unique fringe closures and interesting patterns, this rug is different than any seen before by warrug.com.
The main motifs appear to be vases with flowers, a common motif in rugs we've seen. However the vases also contain goats. Goats are also visible beside the vase, along with birds, vars, helicopters, and other small figures. A flock of white birds takes up the center of the rug.
The border of this rug doesn't seem to have any defined edge, instead a collection of white lines and shapes travels around the outside of the rug. The very edge of the rug shows a blue-grey border with white flowers inside of which are multicolored dots.
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