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Afghan War Rugs: The Verdict, kinda. (10 photos)


Yesterday we posted a rug featuring a depiction of the 9-11 World Trade Center attacks. These rugs are called Afghan War Rugs. The Chive just wants to set the record straight about the true meaning and history behind these rugs.
Afghan War rugs are traditional Persian or Oriental rugs featuring martial images, such as helicopters, tanks, guns, etc. They come from, primarily, Afghanistan and were first woven around 1980. The war rug tradition of Afghanistan has its origins in the decade of Soviet occupation of Afghanistan from 1979, and has continued through subsequent military, political and social conflicts. Afghan rug-makers began incorporating the apparatus of war into their designs almost immediately after the Soviet Union invaded their country. They continue to do so today in the wake of the United States’ 2001 invasion of Afghanistan which ousted the Taliban government of Mullah Omar but has failed to bring an end to violence in the country. The rugs produced in response to these events are among the world’s richest traditions of war art of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
No ones knows for sure if the weavers are simply reporting war events, or if they are glorifying “battles”, won or lost. One thing is for sure, the weavers do not have spell check.
My two cents: different cultures have different traditions, but at the end of the day, I don’t like these rugs and I think they are propaganda.

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