1761 and 1763: Drone Rugs: Responding to a New Threat


1761: Red White and Blue Drone Rug
Pakistan, Turkmen, 2015
Blue grey two cord wrapped warp threads


1763: Drone Rug with Traditional Border
Pakistan, Turkmen, 2015

While conflict has remained a constant in Afghanistan, the technology of war keeps changing, as these two rugs bear witness. These designs, which are popular among collectors today, feature the unmanned drones that the U.S. government has been using since 2004 to surveil and attack thousands of targets in Northwest Pakistan, primarily along the Afghan border. Here, the most common types of drones—the Global Hawk, the Predator, and the Reaper—fill the rugs’ blue fields, evoking the threatening skies.

By Doug Greenfield