Subtle Weapons War Rugs

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Excellent Quality Green Border Ewer War Rug Afghan Rug
Excellent Quality Green Border Ewer War Rug
Strong design. Note the superb luster of this rugs wool. Design alternates between rows of two tanks with text inside and three large ewers. Throughout the negative space sit grenades and small flowers, and the whole field is surrounded by an open guard stripe of linked flowers and leaves.
The border consists of tanks, rifles, and helicopters on a green background. The mustard yellow and bright orange accents pop off of the olive green and navy blues.
ID: 1066


42 x 80 inches
107 x 203 cm
Buff Field Flower Medallion Helicopter War Rug Afghan Rug
Buff Field Flower 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.
ID: 1525


46 x 85 inches
117 x 216 cm
Large Tree of Life Rug <br></b>Price on request Afghan Rug
Large Tree of Life Rug
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This is classic tree of life design showing the creatures of the Garden,. This rug #1647, the tree design has been simplified and abstracted. Plant motifs have been flattened into abstract patterns. Immediately below the brown, patterned, rectangle at the top right is an abstracted eagle carrying its prey, where the eagle has a green body and V shaped wings, and the prey is brown with three legs and a tail.

Rugs that contrast war motifs, like the border of this rug, with old patterns are the most exciting. The contrast of natural images with technology, like tanks, cars, or helicopters is one of the beauties of war rugs.

This rug, #91, is a less abstracted example of the same pattern

This blog post is about how rugs become abstracted, . and here is a good example of a not abstracted Mt. Fuji rug.

And This blog post is about the design in this rug, #1647, compared to a regular rug of the same pattern.

This post shows a a similar abstraction process with the Tyne Bridge and Newcastle Swing Bridge
ID: 1647


66 x 114 inches
168 x 290 cm
Cloudburst Medallion with Helicopters and Special Border<br> </b>Price on request Afghan Rug
Cloudburst Medallion with Helicopters and Special Border
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This rug has many beautiful qualities. The border is fantastic. There is a very unusual line of helicopters with pots of flower's on each side. The medallion is totally unique and has hints of Bessarabian kilim. The animals are amazing, but it is the three female figures at the bottom that are really special.

The rug is well knotted from excellent smooth wool. The dedication to the border drawing is a testament to the good materials and craft.

This rugs drawback is that water damage has produced some bleeding and color runs

It would be nice read the illegible English writing, so if you can translate the legible script translate the text, please contact us
ID: 1651


112 x 74 inches
285 x 188 cm
Pomegranate Ali Kwaja with Airplane Guard Stripes<br> Price on request Afghan Rug
Pomegranate Ali Kwaja with Airplane Guard Stripes
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Ali Kwaja rugs are the best, and this is example is one of the best Ali Kwaja rugs. Ali Kwaja means roughly, gentleman. These rugs are extremely finely knotted: this rug has more than 160 knots per inch. The pile is very short, and the handle is very floppy. The wool is soft with a waxy handle and sheen.

Extensive research suggests Ali Kwaja rugs are Beshir Turkmen. Supposedly, they moved across the border into Afghanistan after the Bolshevik revolution consumed the USSR.

In the middle of the rug there are a couple of pea size areas where the pile has been damaged. The structure is intact, and damage is not readily noticeable.

The field may look black, but it is actually a very dark and beautiful indigo blue

Possibly, this rug was intended as a prayer rug, for notice the top two panels are separated from the lower panels by a white border stripe. The lower two panels are separated by a airplane border.

Pomegranites are a classic image in Afghan rugs. In pre-Islamic Persia and Afghanistan, pomegranate represented the soul to Zoroastrians. The Quran says pomegranates will be found in Paradise.
ID: 1812


46 x 80 inches
117 x 203 cm
White Field War Rug with Fighter Jets (hole in back see pics) Afghan Rug
White Field War Rug with Fighter Jets (hole in back see pics)
This rug is an iteration of an earlier pattern and features some unique color combinations: Bright orange with lime green mark the borders with maroon, purple, red, turquoise, and blues create the pattern in the field. The colors are all rich and vivid. 5 alternating columns of jet fighters and unknown geometric shapes make up the field.
Small hole in top left.
ID: 2108


38 x 74 inches
96 x 188 cm