Afghanistan, Baluchi Tribe, 1980s
Braided Goat Hair overcast
Located below the feet of the figure and facing him, the helicopters appear to the viewer as upside down but are shown here right side up
This illustrative rug is rich with symbolic imagery representing the Islamic ideas of paradise. Traditional symbolism is combined with a modern pictorial style. As Kevin Sudeith notes “There is a Turkmen-looking man standing in front of a temple and before him lays a serene reflecting pool with beautiful, rare waterfowl.” The war imagery is very subtle in the foreground; helicopters are embedded in the garden area, each bearing a talisman to protect against the evil eye.
By Ilana Napoli