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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.
This rug was purchased by Warrug, apparently straight off the loom in 2009 and first offered for sale in April 2021.
ID: 2108

$ 575
SALE $488

38 x 74 inches
96 x 188 cm
Dark Blue Floral Medallion with Weft Substitution Skirt Bands<br><s>$3,750</s> Afghan Rug
Dark Blue Floral Medallion with Weft Substitution Skirt Bands

The traditional end finishes, the drawing, and the traditional design suggest this is of the earliest war rugs.

This is an older rug in perfect condition. Check out the skirts and kilim ends. White floral medallions with bright colored centers are beautiful. The geometric design rendered by the white diagonal lines emanating from the three medallions is beautiful and rare.
Bright rich green stands out against the navy background. Marled minty and sky blue accents throughout. Small neon pink knot in areas.
This rug was acquired in 2003 by Warrug and first offered for sale in 2018
The best, and most recent, photos are at the bottom of the page.
This rug has been in Warrug's inventory for 20+ years.
ID: 2008

$ 1999
SALE $1699

50 x 72 inches
127 x 183 cm
Poppy Design Ali Kwaja with Airplane Guard Stripes<br> Price on request Afghan Rug
Poppy Design Ali Kwaja with Airplane Guard Stripes
Price on request

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
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

$ 1999
SALE $1699

46 x 85 inches
117 x 216 cm
High Quality Green Border War Rug<br><s>$3,499</s> Afghan Rug
High Quality Green Border War Rug

This rug is remarkable for its fine quality. This rug exemplifies the best of weaving from western Afghanistan: soft, lustrous wool, lovely sheen, dark colors.
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.
The rug was acquired by Warrug in 2003, and was first offered for sale in 2016.
ID: 1066

$ 2250
SALE $1912

42 x 80 inches
107 x 203 cm
Wheeled Helicopters War Rug <br><s>$4,500</s>  Afghan Rug
Wheeled Helicopters War Rug

This rug was purchased by Warrug in the late 1990's. It has a nice, even pile. Its color palette is earthy, and the green has faded to olive. Pile has medium oxidation of color. The rug's age gives it an allover tip fading which attractively softens color. There is a quarter inch hole on the bottom border (see pictures). The main field motifs use a two color alternating knot coloration in a checkered pattern. A red knot has a green knot on either side and above and below. This technique softens overall coloration nicely. The field color is a very dark Prussian blue. The cream colored outlines unify the design.
ID: 93

$ 2250
SALE $1912

50 x 84 inches
127 x 213 cm