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Object Name: Rug
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan
Period: Early 21st century
Date: 2001 - 2007
Dimensions: L 85 cm x W 62 cm
Materials: Wool
Techniques: Knotted pile; plain woven; fringed
ID Number: T2008.1.101
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.