Portrait Rug 3: Stalin

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This is a rug which Muhammad Sajid (at creative_worldart@yahoo.com) has estimated to be more than 30 years old. We have no information as to where it was made – or who could achieve such extraordinary photographic verisimilitude? When it came to venerating their “great leaders”, nobody surpassed Stalinist regimes. Pity the poor workers who built this remarkable image knot by knot…

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and here’s another:

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This rug is described as follows: “made by Tekke women of Turkmenistan, who built this remarkable image knot by knot. Very extraordinary rug, all hand made using wool base and wool weft. All dyes are from natural sources. Measurements: 47″ x 31″. Made in circa 1980s.”

The “I” may stand for Josef, but I have not been able to find a “w” as the initial of Stalin’s middle name… The dates refer to the duration of the Soviet involvement in WW2.

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