Pakistan, Turkmen, 2002
The red arms only style of war rug was previously the most common genre; however, after 2002 they became harder to find. Their key features of Kalashnikov rifles with central tanks and helicopters are clearly visible in the example displayed here. In addition, the red rugs tend too utilize the material elements of war in the repeating border pattern. This particular rug’s border is made up of a repeating bomb pattern done made almost whimsical through the use of color in its creation. The juxtaposition of the rainbow color scheme of the bombs with the destructive force of the objects themselves creates a sense of disquiet heightened by the bold red background which evokes blood and the large scale arms in the center field.
By Alicia Cunningham-Bryant