rugsofwar bibliography


The bibiography prepared by Tim Bonyhady for The Rugs of War catalogue lists all our known references to war rugs – and will grow as contributions and suggestions roll in! Please let us know if anything is missing…


‘Afghanische Kriegsteppiche in der Kunstgeschichte des ausgehenden 20.Jahrhunderts’,

Alexievich, Svetlana, Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from a Forgotten War (London: Chatto & Windus, 1992).

Aubry, Michel & Guidieri, Remo, Symétrie de guerre (Brussels: Editions Sainte-Opportune, 1997).

‘Auction Price Guide’, Hali: The International Magazine of Fine Carpets and Textiles, no. 43, February 1989, p. 95.

Barnett, Pennina, ‘Rugs R Us (And Them): The Oriental Carpet as Sign and Text’, Third Text, no. 30, spring 1995, pp. 13-28.

Barodofsky, Saul Yale, ‘Letter from the Northwest Frontier – February 1989’, Oriental Rug Review, June-July 1989, vol. 9, no. 5.

Borovik, Artyom, The Hidden War (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1990; London: Faber, 1991).

Brüderlin, Markus, Ornament and Abstraction: The Dialogue between Non-Western, Modern and Contemporary Art (Cologne: DuMont, 2001).

Cadry, Jacques, Woven History: Stories in Carpets (Sydney: State Library of New South Wales, 1990; second edition, 1997).

Divens, Tatiana, ‘Letter to the Editor’, Oriental Rug Review, vol. 8, no. 5, 1988, pp. 28-29.

Divens, Tatiana, ‘Photos from the Front: A Preliminary Inquiry into Afghan War Aksi’, Oriental Rug Review, vol. 9, no. 2, January 1989, pp. 12-15.

Divens, Tatiana ‘Pieces de la Resistance: Afghanistan’s War Rugs’, Exhibition Catalogue, The Batchelor’s Hall Gallery, Philadelphia, 1998

Elliott, Peter, interview, 21 March 2003.

Elliott, Richard, interviews, 23 March 2003, 29 April 2003.

Elliott, Richard, ‘Afghanistan’, Ray Hughes News Letter, 1993.

Ewans, Martin, Afghanistan: A Short History of its People and Politics (UK: Curzon Press, 2001).

Frembgen, Jürgen Wasim & Mohm, Hans Werner, Lebensbaum und Kalaschnikow: Krieg und Frieden im Spiegel Afghanischer Bildteppiche (Blieskastel: Gollenstein Verlag, 2000).

Geoffrey-Schneiter, Bérénice, ‘Tapis de guerre’, Beaux Arts Magazine, no. 213, February 2002, pp. 44-45.

George, Marcus, ‘Shopping Therapy in Kabul’, BBC News, 3 February 2002.

Ghandchi, Sebastian, ‘Russian-Afghan War Carpets’, Hali: The International Magazine of Fine Carpets and Textiles, no. 40, July-August 1988, p. 94.

Harvey, Janet, Traditional Textiles of Central Asia (London; Thames & Hudson, 1996).

Hughes, Ray, Interviews, 18, 21 March 2003.

Ingram, Terry, ‘Explosive Growth in Prices for Afghan War Rugs’, Australian Financial Review, 17 January 2002.

Kremmer, Christopher, The Carpet Wars (Sydney: Flamingo, 2002).

Kuryluk, Ewa, ‘The Afghan War Rugs’, Arts Magazine, February 1989, pp. 72-74.

Leibowitz, Ed, ‘Afghan War Weaves’, Time Asia, vol. 160, no. 16, 28 October 2002.

Lee, Jack, ‘The Threads of War’, Raw Vision, no. 35, summer 2001, pp. 56-58.

Lee, Jack, Review of Lebensbaum und Kalaschnikow, Raw Vision, no. 38, spring 2002, p. 69.

Lessing, Doris, The Wind Blows away our Words: A Firsthand Account of the Afghan Resistance (New York: Vintage, 1987).

Lewis, Charles, ‘Examination of a Mythical Afghan Rug’, Afghan Magazine, vol. 2, no. 1, July-December 2000.

Lewis, Charles, ‘War Aksi, Traumatic Imagery or Economic Survival’, Oriental Rug Review, vol. 15, no. 3, 1995, pp. 15-17.

Lewis, Charles, ‘Woven Icons of War’, Afghan Magazine, vol. 1, no. 10, October-December 1999.

McCabe-Lokos, Nick, ‘The Rugs of War’, Toronto Star, 19 January 2003.

Mollison, James, Interview, 2 April 2003.

O’Bannon, George W., ‘Baluch Rugs from Afghanistan: 2. Aksi Rugs’, Hali: The International Magazine of Fine Carpets and Textiles, vol. 5, no. 2, 1982, pp. 127-30.

O’Callaghan, Ron, ‘Afghan War Rugs: A Sub-Group with Iranian Influence’, Oriental Rug Review, November 2002.

O’Connell, J. Barry, ‘Afghan War Rugs: If it Walks Like a Duck . . .’, Oriental Rug Review, March 1997.

Shaw, Terri, ‘Woven in the Midst of Warfare: Afghanistan’s Tribal Weavers Look Homeward to an Uncertain Future’, Washington Post, 14 March 2002, p. H01.

Sherrod, Pamela, ‘Tapestries of War’, Lexington Herald-Leader, 8 March 2002.

Spooner, Brian, ‘Weavers and Dealers: The Authenticity of an Oriental Carpet’, in Arjun Appadurai (ed.), The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986).

Sydney Review, no. 25, October 1990, pp. 1, 3.

Walter, Chris, ‘Turkomans in Exile: Pakistan, February 15, 1989’, Oriental Rug Review, vol. 9, no. 5, June-July 1989.

‘War – Sign – War’, Parkett, no. 24, 1990, pp. 107-18.

Ware, Joyce C., ‘The Afghan War Rugs: Fiber Expressions from a War-Torn Country’, Fiberarts, summer 1990, pp. 39-421

Wolf, Johannes, Review of Lebensbaum und Kalaschnikow, Hali: The International Magazine of Fine Carpets and Textiles, no. 116, 2002, p. 91.

Zibart, Eve, ‘The Weavings of War’, Washington Post, 12 November 1998, p. T05.


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