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Full Army Vegetal Dye Red Afghan War Rug
2002
War Rug Width (decimal feet): 2.50
War Rug Length (decimal feet): 3.08
Knots per Inch - Horizontal: 8
Knots per Inch - Vertical: 10
Warp Depression: irregular full to 30 degrees
War Rug Sales Status: Sold Rug
Country of Origin (estimated): Pakistan
War Rug Style: Red Turkman with Kalashnikovs War Rugs
War Rug Ethnic Origin: Turkman
General Description: This new war rug is in perfect condition. This war rug was woven in Peshawar, Pakistan by an Afghan refugee, so it is understandable how this female artist knows and depicts so clearly the inner workings of a Kalashnikov rifle. Peshawar is increasingly becoming Taliban-esque, and the refugees are being forced to relive the nightmare that once ruled Afghanistan. Because of this, Peshawar is becoming known as the place for religious fundamentalists to go and have their firearms altered. This war rug is very relevant and telling of the times in which the artist lives. Many of the refugees are now leaving the camps and returning to Afghanistan, where they are less likely to come across these fundamentalists.
Also of note, is the remarkable use of colors in this rug. Just look at the medium-sized helicopter located just below the centered tank. It is almost as if the artist was depicting the helicopter as being camouflaged. This is a striking addition to war rug folk art.
Description of wool: This is excellent soft wool.
Sheen of Wool: Good
Handle: Firm to Floppy
Selvedge: Two cords brown, not full, irregular
Fringe: Half inch kilim, minimum fringe, overhand knots
Pile Material: 8mm with 6mm in places
Weft Material: White cotton
Warp Material: Double grey