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Object Name: Rug
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan
Period: Early 21st century
Date: 2001 - 2007
Dimensions: L 127 cm x W 88 cm
Materials: Wool
Techniques: Knotted pile; plain woven; fringed
ID Number: T2008.1.55
Credit: Gift of Max Allen

In spite of – or perhaps because of – its brash and discordant colours, this is an astonishing rug. It is like a time-lapse animation, or a video game, showing a missile attacking a helicopter. At the left the missile is launched at the helicopter. It hurtles across the sky and hits the helicopter which explodes in a ball of white flame. The upside down vehicles look like they have been knocked over by the explosion.