Special Herat Mosque War Rug
Denison Museum, - 2008-02-15
|ID# 1075||Date: 1980s or 1990's (purchased by warrug in the late 1990's)||Price:$ 950||Size 31 x 51 inches
(78 X129 cm)
8 h X 7
|Origin: Afghanistan||Style: -Herat Mosque (Trees, Road, Arches), |
Other examples of this style
|This rug is a special example of this design. It took years of bargaining for my Afghan friend to sell it. He is from Herat, and the rug hung on the wall near the door of his shop. it is very similar to this rug.
This red, yellow, and blue rug features an abstracted depiction of a scene in front of the Friday Mosque in Herat, Afghanistan. Abstracted yellow planes fly against a navy sky above the large mosque on the right side of the field, spanning the length of the rug. Trucks drive (upside down?) on the road in front of the mosque, while what looks to be a garden of flowers and trees grows on the left side of the rug. The borders feature the familiar 'S' shape. The design of this rug and the depiction of the Herat Mosque has been used in designs before and since Taliban rule, although this rug is more abstract.
This rug is posted for the first time for sale in 2021, for the loss of Nigel Lendon created an urgency to pair down Warrug's collected rugs.
|Wool: Semi rough ||Sheen: Matte || Handle: Very floppy ||Selvedge: Braided brown goat hair, okay coverage|
|Fringe: Brown and naturally colored plain weave ||Pile: 5 mm||Warp: 2S Naturally colored wool, some brown threads||Weft: Naturally colored wool|
|Warp Depression:30 degrees|