An old %100 wool rug from Afghanistan depicting various warfare related objects such as tanks, helicopters, grenades, and fighter jets in an artistic manner.
Approximately 5.5 x 3.5 feet
I am unsure where it was acquired from. Likely a gallery/dealer.
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Based on the photos and information provided, this item is:
A vintage Afghan war carpet, 100% wool, from circa 1960's. Less than 1 percent of Afghan rugs have war motifs, making war rugs a distinct phenomenon worthy of art historical consideration. War scenes like depicted in this rug, were popular after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 created a completely new "genre" of rugs entered the market. These depicted battle tanks, helicopters, fighter planes, hand grenades, rifles etc, as the weavers tried to weave into their rugs what they were seeing around them. Moving slightly away from this, it was not uncommon to see uniformed generals depicted in some of the rugs. And in the same tradition, when unarmed combat like judo and karate became very popular, scenes of such combat also began to be woven into the rugs.
$800 - 1500*
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