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Object Name: Rug
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan
Period: Early 21st century
Date: 2001 - 2007
Dimensions: L 192 cm x W 152 cm
Materials: Wool
Techniques: Knotted pile; plain woven; interlocking tapestry woven; weft-float; fringed
ID Number: T2008.1.51
Credit: Gift of Max Allen

A single helicopter hovers over what looks like Mt. Fuji. But this is not Mt Fuji. It is most likely K-2, the second highest mountain in the world, snow-covered and shaped like a steep pyramid. It rises where the borders of Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tajikstan meet, and could have been familiar to the Tajik weaver of this rug. The military vehicles across the bottom of the rug contrast with the lovely apricot trees in bloom. In the trees are pairs of peaceful birds and butterflies. The butterflies are a symbolic reminder of one of the deadliest weapons of the Afghan wars, the PFM-1 butterfly-shaped landmine.