|Place Made:||Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan|
|Period:||Early 21st century|
|Date:||2001 - 2007|
|Dimensions:||L 85 cm x W 62 cm|
|Techniques:||Knotted pile; plain woven; fringed|
|Credit:||Gift of Max Allen|
In Afghanistan, a Kalashnikov assault rifle is a guerrilla fighter’s most valued possession. It might have been given to him by his group commander to fight the Soviet invaders; the commander probably got it from the avalanche of weapons funded by the Americans and delivered secretly through Pakistan. Or it might have been taken from a dead Russian soldier. Because of its durability and ease of use, the Kalashnikov in its various forms remains the most widely used assault rifle in the world.