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Object Name: Rug
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan
Period: Late 20th to early 21st century
Date: 1980 - 2007
Dimensions: L 84 cm x W 59 cm
Materials: Wool
Techniques: Knotted pile; plain woven; fringed
ID Number: T2008.1.48
Credit: Gift of Max Allen

This war rug depicts the reality of conflict-ridden Afghanistan. Over the past 30 years, hand grenades, tanks, fighter jets, missiles and helicopters replaced traditional Afghan floral designs. For centuries, rug production helped bring income to Afghan families in villages and cities; today, weaving rugs depicting the realities of war helps Afghan people survive during times of conflict. The individual makers of these rugs remain unknown.