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|Small Red War Rug with Blue Selvedge|
This classic war rug features an assortment of bright colors and is characterized by its bright cobalt blue selvedge. The bright pinks and greens pop from the red field.
The drawing of the armaments and the composition are indicative of the high point of Red Rugs in the mid 1990's woven in Pakistan by Afghan refugees.
Please see photos for places where moths have eaten distinct colors in places.
|Two Plump Horses Rug|
An Afghan horse rug inspired by Iranian design-- three tall figures stand in the center of the rug flanked by flocks of chickens. The top and bottom of the rug sport plump brown horses ridden by dark figures. Four red lions mark each corner of the field.
The main border is comprised of red and black square medallions unique to this type of rug, bordered by two black and red swirling guard stripes.
Some red dye bleeding in the main field of the rug. Very small areas of moth damage are visible in the top right corner, bottom right and left corners, and top center of the rug. Quarter-sized spot of moth damage in the bottom center.
|Burgundy Red Afghan Rug with Planes||1692||$375|
|Vine Border Afghan Province Rug with Blue Field (Exh.#26)|
Afghan province map rug showing some roads. Dated clearly 1385 which is 2007 in western calendar.
|Al Buraq Bolescht, Bag, or Pillow|
This a bag with a pile front and a plain woven back which typically would be used as a seat cushion on the floor. The pile side shows a single blue Al-Buraq with red wings and tail. The mythic figure sits in the center of a beautiful brown field decorated with flowers. A classic Turkmen border frames the composition.
Better photos towards the bottom. Also, please note there is some crusty schmutz on one corner which sits only on the surface of the rug.
The pile face of the bag, or bolescht, is backed with a plain plain weave face, which is attached at the selvedges. The pile and plain weave are one textile which is folded, then the sides are sewn up to form a pillow.
|Abstract Horsemen Rug with Dark Border|
This is a newer rug. Pile wool shows stray fibers which were missed by shearer's clippers. Lightest color is undyed wool. Cobalt blue field is contrasted beautifully by the dark Prussian blue border. Bright oranges and reds pop from the rug.
Abstracted horseback riders carrying rifles are the primary motif of this rug. The riders become more abstracted as the eye travels from the bottom of the rug upwards, where the top figure missing its head. An assortment of birds and other animals fill out the rest of the field.
This is another rug offered for the first time in late 2021 which were collected by warrug as examples of styles, patterns, and variations of designs.
This rug is significant because it shows the middle ground of abstraction in horsemen rugs. Horsemen go from totally realistic like this rug, this rug, and this rug. Another variation is a pictorial rug like this horsemen rug drawn from the Afghan currency, the Afghani. This horseman rug is a design more often seen in Iranian Balouch rugs. Some rugs show complete abstracted men on horseback images.
|Original Humvee and Apache War Rug: Small Iraq Rug (Exhibition #26)|
The drawings of the humvee, the .45, and the Apache helicopter, which may be found on many war rugs available in 2022, originated in this small group of rugs from 2004. The prototype was this rug, and it does not include the humvee, .45, or the Apache. The true progenitors of this design are the silk map rugs showing provinces from the 1930's. There is a giant rug in the presidential palace in Cairo made by the same makers. More images of silk Iraq rug, price on request.
These Khargai Iraq rugs were begun before the tragic death of Sergio Vieira de Mello in Baghdad. The rug shows an Iraq map surrounedd by American weapons. The border designs is the same as Afghan map Khargai borders on earlier war rugs. The attack helicopters and humvee are remarkably well drawn. These are the first Afghan map rugs not depicting Afghanistan. The vocabulary is constant but the subject has changed. These rugs demonstrate the degree to which war rugs have become an established vernacular in Afghan art.
|Spare Afghan Map Rug with Herati Border (Exhibition History)|
The red field in this rug is uncommonly spare. This rug has one very rare feature. Two blue beads are sewn into the selvedges: on the left hand selvedge, about half way between top and bottom, and on the right selvedge about one foot from top. The border is very traditional and a type not often found on Afghan province map rugs. There are no war motifs in this rug.
|Iraq WTC 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.
|Very Early Afghanistan as Grenade with Pin Pulled|
This is an early example of this important design, but it has several areas of repaired damage.
A very interesting view of possibly the Kabul airport and the surrounding cityscape. In the center of the rug is a curiously grenade-like shape, almost like a grenade with its pin pulled. Planes and helicopters sit around the center on a blue background, and the top and bottom thirds of the rug depict an almost mirrored view of the surrounding town. The border includes some possibly Greek-inspired blue, olive, and white designs.
A few spots on this rug have been repaired-- one area in the bottom center, and another in the very center of the rug.
|Clock Tower with Helicopters 1 War Rug |
This is a new design in the past few years. Nigel Lendon, Max Allen and Kevin Sudeith have debated the monument shown. Sudeith maintains that it is a recently built monument built in a traffic circle in Herat, Afghanistan. Several rugs in our most recent shipment show this monument from several angles. This rug, and one similar example (link), are the best. The helicopters in the top right corner are unique to these two carpets. The helicopters ad excellent scale to whole rug. The emerald green in the cars in the foreground unusual material and doesn't feel like wool. The same material is marled into the first green and tan line on the top edge of the foreground roadway. The variety of marled colors give depth to pictorial space in this landscape rug. The geometric renderings of buildings is particular to these pictorial rugs from western Afghanistan.
Simply put, this rug (and its mate) are the best contemporary war rugs. This rug is great design with timely imagery.
For more information on pictorial war rugs please order Kevin Sudeith's book on the subject.
|Two Horsemen with Birds Rug|
This blue rug features two men riding atop very detailed horses. Another man in a brown robe kneels in the center while two birds sit beside him. The negative space of the field is composed of geometric leaves and vines with several birds spaced throughout.
The border carries on this same geometric motif with green and brown leaf-shapes and diagonal stripes running through.
In late 2021 we have begun to offer rare rugs collected to illustrate how war rugs fit into Afghan rug history. This rug is an example: the seated figure comes from rugs illustrating Omar Khayam stories, and the horsemen hearken back to the oldest of rugs, the Pazyrik.
|Afghan - Soviet - US - Weapon Inventory War Rug|
The wool in this rug is all undyed. It is minimally processed and spun by hand, so it is soft, lush, and durable.
The design shows an array of weapons used up to when it was made in 2010: Enfield 303's, Stinger missiles, technical vehicles, daisy cutter MOAB's, and a few types of land mines.
Originally there were a pair of this design around 2004, but they used full color.
|Classic and Vintage Ten Tank War Rug|
This blue and orange ten tank (it actually has 12 tanks) war rug has an orangey hue to it, especially in the field. The border consists of five thinner borders alternating between brown wave-shapes and chains of brown and orange flowers.
Similar to this rug but more standard quality.
|Special Herat Mosque War Rug|
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.
|1950's Aman Ullah Khan Rug with Falcons|
This is an older Aman Ullah Khan rug, the figure is extremely well proportioned relative to the newer versions of this style. His face has a gentle expression and his shoes are extremely shiny. A bright orange streak traces the side of his head. Text appears in the upper corners.
Around 2000 Warrug acquired an entire collection of Amman Ullah Khan rugs from Afghanistan of which this rug was a high point, despite its condition. The classic Mushwani colors and border are indicative of the tribe who wove the rug.
Notably there are two large falcons at the bottom of the rug. "The Sport of Kings", falconry is a fitting thing to depict on such a rug. Marled blues appear next to the birds' feet.
Unfortunately there have been some repairs to the rug, mostly in the top near and in the figure's face.
The combination of the honored king with the falcons is highly unusual in either political portrait rugs, King rugs/a>, or Amman Ullah Khan (AUK) rugs.
|Giant Iraq War Rug|
Iraq map showing American weapons and neighboring countries. Border from earlier designs. The attack helicopters and humvee are remarkably well drawn in these rugs. These are the first Afghan war rugs not representing Afghanistan. The vocabulary is constant but the subject has changed. These rugs demonstrate the degree to which war rugs have become an established vernacular in Afghan art.
|Two Panel Land Mine War Rug (Like Pictorial Book Plate 20)|
This rug was purchased in new condition of probably contemporary productionin 2002. The two panel representational shows abstracted trucks, trees, buildings, and landmines. This land mine rug, reproduced in Sudeith's Pictorial War Rugs book is from the same production and era but less abstracted. Six trucks drive across the compostion on a blue road. A cutaway shows an underground view of the road above containing abstracted land mines. On the botoom, five trucks drive across this road, with a blue tree between each. Six buildings sit in the background on a red field.
The main border is a red, blue, and maroon pattern of alternating pound symbols, triangles, and diagonal shapes on an off-white field. The guard stripes are a black and red alternating diagonal cord-like pattern flank the main border.
Check out the similarities with this rug.
|Six Abstract Horseback Riders Afghan War Rgu|
(Also marked with tag 1631) This horseman rug is a great contrast to rug 2017 and shows the evolution of pattern from detailed and realistic to simplified and abstracted. The horses are headless and the figures riding them look more like cricket bats. The other animals are as abstracted, the deer have lizard-like spiked backs and teeth, and the goats and other animals stand alert with their tails stiff.
|15 Tank War Rug |
This rug features rows of 15 multicolored tanks with small rifles, and small plant motifs between them. The three tanks at the top of the rug are partially cut off and only show the bottoms of the tracks. There are some really nice colors in this rug including some bright greens, electric bues, and reds.
Similar diagonally shaped multicolored border design to this fine rug.
|Crowned King with "Punk" Lion Q'ashqa'i rug. |
This rug features a detailed lion with two king-like figure busts above and below. Medallions sit in the green spandrels as well as throughout the red field. The lion is colored naturally, except for the blue tuft on the end of his tail.
The border contains small multicolored flower shapes.
This is another example of a rug from Warrug's collected rugs being offered for sale for the first time in late 2021. This rug gives context to Afghan political portrait rugs, Amman Ullah Khan (AUK) rugs, and our favorite, Lion Rugs.
|Six Portraits of Amman Ullah Khan|
This carpet was in excellent new condition, but it now has areas where leather juice has gottne stuck to the rug. Needs to be washed.
This rug features a classic Mushwani border and colors. /the repeating Amman Ullah Khan design is reminiscent of Persian Baluchi designs.
|Early Rug with AK47||1675||$1250|
|Washed Two Ewer Two Big Tank War Rug |
This two ewer war rug is marked with two large tanks in the center and a row of red, brown, and green rifles dividing the two halves of the rug.
The checkered coloration of the ewers is echoed in the design and coloration of the grenades in the smaller intricate border. Detailed drawings of tanks, rifles, and helicopters form the main border on a pale yellow background.
Color runs throughout. Mostly in the corners.
|AK-74 and Rocket Launchers
This is a second generation AK74 Red Rug. The first ones were woven in the mid 1990's and they were a small sub-group of the red rugs.
|Red Rug with Najibullah Structure|
This is the mate for rug 1522. Both are woven at the same time and place with same wool and same structure.
|WTC Afghan Rug with crosses where planes hit. ||1138||$1500|
|Red Rug with Bullet Border|
Excellent new condition. Like the other Red Rugs currently available on WarRug.com these rugs have been in a dealer's warehouse since they were woven in 1990's.
The green and red combination in this rug makes it unique and outstanding. Also the small patterns within the different images tie the whole rug together. Also the small tanks are one of the best images in all red rugs.
|Baluchi Runner War Rug (Pair 2/2)|
Paired with 1310
1061 This earthy rug features rows of helicopters, tanks, and branches of flowers. The border is made up of rows of flowers and connected geometric shapes. Branches with flowers line the outside of the field.
|World Map Rug with Shortened Names|
This rug features a detailed map of the world, complete with names of each country, oceans, and labeled latitude and longitude lines. The eastern end of Russia and New Zealand are featured twice on the map, once on the right side and again on the left where it wraps around.
Typical of these world maps, the border consists of the flags of the world, however most of the names are abbreviated with '...'.
|Rows of Weapons War Rug with|
Most recent, and best, photos are at the bottom of the page
Rows of bright green, red, and brown tanks, jets, and rifles run through this rug creating an interesting geometric pattern on a rich blue background. Super shiny and soft, the wool is very high quality.
|2004 Large Iraq Rug (Exhibition #26)|
Iraq Rug Large, perfect new condition. Thick soft pile. Note misspelling in ""Welcome""
|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.
|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.
|Blue Elephant foot Bokara Drone War Rug |
New condition. Excellent wool tightly woven. Natural colors on hand spun wool.
|Clock Tower War Rug|
This rug is very unusual. The wool is very good. The design is unique. It appears to be an adaptation of designs like This war rug #1465 or Plate 36 in Kevin Sudeith's first book about war rugs.. The large clock is unusual relative to similar designs. The white of the tower from which the clock hangs is understated. The foreground of this rug is abstracted, and there are war motifs like helicopters and rifles, scattered throughout the foreground.
The structure of this rug is reminiscent of rugs like war rug #26. It is possible that both of these rugs represent the work of the same weaver some 10 years apart.
The washing of this rug was not totally successful, for one can see some red discoloration in the lighter tans and whites, please see photos. Also note the light purple is an old fashioned analine dye, and significantly tip faded. Most synthetic dyes used in carpets today are no longer analine, but my understanding is that the particular purple in this rug is analyne. Condition notes aside, this is an interesting rug.
One of the subtle, and important, ways I judge rugs is by their weight. The best rugs have a density lacking in more poorly made rugs. Its not so much about knot count, because this rugs knotting is not particularly fine, but when I finished inventorying it and laid it back on the pile I noticed it had that density that speaks so well of rugs.
|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.
|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.
|Washed Double Landscape with Towers War Rug|
Important early landscape rug from a good collection, but a dealer who shall remain nameless, 'tea washed' it.
This rug features a landscape with two large gridded minarets, possibly the Minaret of Jam. Smaller buildings sit throughout the rug with tall towers while a road snakes down the center. At the top and bottom of the rug sit faded subtle areas with mountains packed with helicopters and planes.
Although this rug has been washed, the bright orange and red are still vibrant and the overall color scheme of the rug is really nice.
There is a small section of repair in the bottom left side of the fringe which isn't very well done craftsmanship wise.
|Tree of Life with Peacocks War Rug |
Perfect. Excellent quality. The colors in this rug are vibrant and rich. A strong lime green line runs down the center of the rug, the 'trunk' of the Tree of Life.
Rows of helicopters, peacocks, and grenades, and short rifles line either side of the trunk. Just inside the border are lines of what look to be leaves in multiple colors. Several different medallions create the main border.
|Amanullah Khan War Rug with Orange Jacket|
A red, brown, and light orange rug with unique turqouise accents depicting the Afghan king Amanullah Khan who ruled from 1919 - 1929. He poses in orange military garb flanked by potted flowers, text, and other symbols.
He is bordered by a chain of turquoise and red flowers on a light orange background, which is then bordered by blue and brown patterns with a thick red background.
|Dark Blue Field Drone Rug|
New condition. Good wool, great abrash.
|Drone Medallion on Sky Blue Field|
In 2020 two piece of this design were woven. This example has uses darker colors, with a dark blue background, and a darker blue inside the medallion. Each rug uses a buff color for one quadrant of the medallion, and half the drone and the medallion background are the same color.
All the colors are very rich. The rug is heavy from the dense, high quality wool.
Condition is new and perfect.
|NFS Dark Blue Field Reaper Drone War Rug - Temple|
This rug has been taken from Warrug's reserve stock in July 2021.
Red white and blue coloration, coupled with the red, white, and blue border ads complexity to this rug. The abrash of the vegetal colors is shimmers beautifully.
The first group of drone rugs only included three pieces. This rug is part of the second group of 16 rugs.
|Rows of Small Weapons White Grenade War Rug|
The latest and best photos are at the bottom.
This is a very textural rug. There is little negative space, rows of tanks, grenades, rifles, and small animals fill most of the space all the way up to the thin zig-zag border.
The bright white used in the grenades and rifles makes them pop from the otherwise dark colors of the rug. About 1/6 of the way up the rug, the background shifts from blue to a very dark navy, almost black.
|Washed Pixelated Weapons War Rug |
The figures and motifs are pixelated and stylized. The different rows of weapons are separated by jagged lines. The border is made up of alternating tanks, rifles, and helicopters. The flowery guard stripe on the left side of the rug appears to be stretched compared to the stripe on the right.
This earthy rug appears to have been washed in a special dark wash.
|Antique Daghestani Prayer Rug|
The rug has a special quality. The figure, represented by the pattern inside the mihrab, is the same as the ground, represented by the pattern outside the mihrab. This suggests the human and the world are made of the same worldly stuff, but the prayers emanating from the head of the figure change the world and break down the lattice pattern found inside and outside the figure. Basically, prayer is the difference, and prayer transforms the world.
Antique rugs are not the speciality of Warrug.com, but this rug is in good condition given its age. There are some issues documented in the photos: low pile, wear to the foundation, oxidation of the dark browns (typical for a rug of this era), minor bleeding of bright yellow (see photos of back), selvedge damage and repair, end finish repair.
The rug is clean. There is no bleeding around the red, and when blotted with a wet, white cloth, no red appears on white.
|Old Baghlani War Rug with Three Small Borders|
Baghlani rugs, Turkmen rugs from north eastern Afghanistan originated in the late 1980's and were woven through the mid 1990's. Generally, Baghlani rugs are long and narrow, so this rugs squarish proportions are unusual.
The colors in this rug are very rich and uniform. Rows of maroon, orange, and tan jets and tanks run down the rug, filled in with smaller motifs such as rifles and flowers. The border is made up of multiple geometric guard stripes. This color scheme, and the Rows of Weapons design are emblematic of the Baghlani type.
|Thick Pile Bomber - Helicopter - Tank War Rug|
This rich blue rug features gold and green bombers and tanks-- the bombers are flying 'down' the rug. Flowers and small plant-like shapes fill the negative space. Bombers also compose the border of the rug, all facing downwards.
|Dated (1994) Afghan Map War Rug |
http://www.iconophilia.net/the-afghan-modern-rkd/ https://rugsofwar.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/the-afghan-modern-its-anonymous-authors-and-the-question-of-collective-agency/ This is a beautiful Afghan Map rug featuring the different labeled provinces of Afghanistan with bright colors. Two potted plants sit above and below the map and collections of brown and tan flowers are scattered throughout the negative space. Small planes sit inside some of the provinces, solidifying this as a war rug.
|Large Scale Bokara Drone War Rug|
This is one of two rugs seen by warrug.com which employ a classic Bokara or Elephants Foot design, but rather than traditional tribal emblems this rug uses a major and minor guls made from drones.
The other rug of this design is herethis drone configuration is seen in this rug and this similar similar this rug
The condition is new and excellent.
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