|The condition of this war rug is good This is a Beluchi war rug with exceptional images. Surrounding the entire rug is the traditional image of lions. These lions are used to symbolize strength and courage. The main field of the rug has rows of Soviet-era tanks and rifles. Interestingly, to protect the city of Kabul, the Afghans built, centuries ago, a tall wall surrounding the city in protection. This wall is the pride of all Afghans and is responsible for three defeats over the British. However, the Soviets were able to permeate the wall and entire the city of Kabul. To further take down the pride of the Afghans, the Soviets destroyed two lion sculptures that marked the entrance to the city. |
The artist of this war rug almost was telling a story in the weaving of this rug. That the Soviet tanks permeated the center. Interesting, she drew the traditional Afghan symbolism of poppies inside the tanks, almost as if she is suggesting that that was what the Soviets truly desired. However, even with the conflicting images of the lions meaning strength and courage and the tanks representing force, the traditional symbol of the tree of life still manages to run down the center of this war rug. Proving, once again, that although they may be ravaged by war, life continues for the Afghan people.
This war rug is in good condition, with some very minor issues. There is some sarnach and some slightly irregular knotting not too uncommon in tribal folk art.