Archive for December, 2004

Najibullah’s Soviet Puppet Masters

December 14, 2004

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This is a rug bought in Quetta in 1996. It bears a strong resemblance to the representations of Najibullah as a puppet of the Soviets, but in most cases the delineation of the hammer and sickle and the hand are less well defined as in this instance. The bomb/bullets border is common to many rugs of this era, and suggests the origin of a range of images from the same workshop. Has anyone got closer to the origins of this style? makeover

December 3, 2004

The first really comprehensive dealer’s site which focusses on Afghan War Rugs is Kevin Sudieth’s It’s now burst into a newly designed front page and structure which is informative, easy to read and navigate. Highly recommended…