Bomber, Helicopter, Tank War Rug with Two Non-Weapon Border
|ID# 316||Date: Early to mid 1990's|| - ||Size 45 x 72 inches
(114 X183 cm)
7 h X 8
|Origin: Afghanistan||Style:Bomber / Helicopter / Tank War Rugs||Tribe: Zakini|
|The condition of this somewhat older rug is excellent. Gauging the age of this rug is difficult. On the one hand the condition is very good and the back is not very burnished (older rugs get shiny on the back, and extraneous fuzz from the pile wool gets worn off). On the other hand the pile shows some wear, but still is full pile, and the sheen is very developed and warm. Also the bottom fringe looks like it has been reduced, where some of the kilim was damaged and the wefts removed. |
This style of rug was plentiful about 5 years ago, but the structure was different than this rug. The pile was very thick an pointed straight up, the wool was dry and the rugs were noticeably dusty. This rug has thin pile that lays more flat than straight up and down, and it is not dusty at all. The rugs five years ago were new production.
This design is one that people to not recognize immediately as a war rug. At the flea market people would look at them for a minute, then say, ""Oh my! Those are tanks!""
The colors are classic Baluch from western Afghanistan, dark with a touch of white for accent and the dominant color is dark blue.
|Wool: Smooth and shiny. ||Sheen: Very good. || Handle: Floppy ||Selvedge: Braided goat hair overcast.|
|Fringe: Top: one inch wool kilim, braided closure, and natural wool fringe. Bottom: very short wool kilim, Persian closure, two inch fringe. ||Pile: 3mm wool||Warp: Natural wool.||Weft: Two cord black wool or cotton.|
|Warp Depression:Minimal warp depression|