Afghanistan, Baluchi Tribe, 1980s
Very Tight Braided Goat Hair
This transitional war rug embodies both pre-war and war imagery. The border has repeating rosette flowers indicative of solar symbolism and lilies suggesting spirituality and purity. It displays a village with cypress trees, which suggest death and rebirth. All weaponry illustrated was of Soviet manufacturing including the tanks, helicopters and rockets both in the sky and in the river.
By Rachel Morin