Aerial Attack

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Ian McLean of the University of Western Australia) sends this small war rug with the following comments:

I bought my rug in 1990 or there abouts, from a travelling rug merchant in Launceston [Tasmania]. He later opened a shop in Hobart (more or less in the centre of the city) and may still be there. It was the only war rug he had. I had not heard of them before and purchased it immediately.

Smaller rugs compress and exaggerate familiar elements and thus have an added pictorial intensity: this work appears to be an image of planes or bombs falling on a vehicle with an anti-aircraft weapon pointing upwards – and its framing structure suggests the format of a prayer rug. Images like this tend to be unique, and therefore may be reflective of the particular experience of their maker.

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