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Ahmad Shah Masood Praying with War Motifs (NEEDS NEW PHOTOS)
A brown and blue rug depicting Ahmad Shah Masood praying in the foreground, with cars, trees, and helicopters in the background. This rug appears to be a copy of the rug in this photograph and is evidence of the feedback loop where public discussions of war rugs lead to reiterations of previous designs.
Flowers and other objects on a dark blue background border the main composition.
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Ahmad Shah Ma'sud Praying Rug
Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Ma'sud is depicted praying in the center of this rug on a dark field. The blue in his clothing is marled with white, while the orangey red in his face is made with alternating checkered knots.
Small medallions float to the right of his head. A pattern of red and blue planes creates a textural line at the top and bottom of the composition.
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Dostum on Cell Phone at Desk with Land Line
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(Denison University Art Museum)Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan During Afghan - Soviet War
A political portrait featuring Zia Ul Hak, President of Pakistan during Afghan/Soviet War. He wears a black tunic and sits on a light blue field. A border of red, cream, blue, and emerald green flowers snake around the outside of the rug. White text is written on the bottom of the rug.
Small stain on right side of field.
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(Exhibited at Denison University Art Museum) Hamid Karzai
A small rug depicting former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai on a blue and off-white cloud-like field. 'HAMID KARZAI' is written in dark blue text under the portrait.
A blue, green, and red flower pattern separates the name and portrait as well as bordering the whole composition. A thicker light blue and off-white patterned motif borders the outside of the composition with a thin dark blue line on the edges.
This is one of a group of rugs that warrug.com has worked closely with over the years. This rug is one of a pair showing Hamid Karzai in traditional headdress. The green headdress represents his status as a religious leader.
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(Denison University Art Museum) Wool Khumaini Portrait
This is one of Warrug.com's project empowerment rugs. In the early 2000's we identified weavers of skill and promise and staked them to build looms and workshop of their own. This rug is one example of this production. These rugs were woven in Pakistan, by Afghan refugees. This rug was copied from thisrug #876. I suspect it was a junior weaver's first attempt at a detailed portrait rug. The border is not the signature motif of the best weaver of this group.
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(exhibited at Miami University Art Museum)Hamid Karzai Rug
A political portrait portraying Hamid Karzai in his western business attire. He looks candidly towards the viewer flanked by a cloudy blue background. A guard stripe of red and green foliage wraps around the portrait, with a white and orange geometric main border surrounding the composition. "HAMID KARZAI" is written in english in large white text below the portrait.
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Kenan Evren Portrait
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Khomeini
Raw silk from north west Afghanistan. Khomeini poetry written on borders. Beautiful rendition of a thorny and troubling character.
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(Denison University Art Museum) Ma'sud with Silk Foundation
Very best quality Afghan rug. Silk foundation, excellent pile wool, well knotted. The selvedges curl under on this rug, which is its only issue. The drawing speaks for itself, and the border is very special. Portrait is of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the leader of the Northern Alliance, killed 9/9/01.
Bottom left side of the fringe has three braids.
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