Sunday, May 15, 2011

Afghan War Rugs: new style of rug pattern designs| Philadelphia Inquirer | 05/15/2011

Koenen Spice War Rug at Nova Art Fair, last dayImage by bkoenen via Flickr
Art: Penn museum offers rugs interwoven with Afghan warfare | Philadelphia Inquirer | 05/15/2011:

"In response to the 10-year Soviet occupation, and to the invasion in 2001 by the United States and its allies, Afghan weavers created a new genre of Oriental carpet, the 'war rug.'

Instead of the traditional flowers and animals, these rugs are decorated with images of military equipment - fighter planes, tanks, assault rifles, bombs, land mines, and bullets, even maimed combatants and civilians."

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