Archive for June, 2006

War rugs at the Georgia Museum of Art

June 28, 2006

“Woven Jewels from the Black Tents: Baluchi, Aimaq, and Related Tribal Weavings of Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan”, is a current exhibition at the GMA which includes some examples of war rugs. The guest curator is emeritus Professor Stephen Jett, University of California, Davis.

The war rugs are mentioned in particular in Julie Phillips’ review in the Athens Banner-Herald on May 28th, 2006. (You may need to register to access the article. It’s free, but if you prefer to keep your email address private, you can obtain a login at

Precedents for the Masood portrait

June 19, 2006

This image is in Kevin Sudeith’s blog at

Kneeling Masood Rug - image from

I’m not sure of the source of this photograph, its date, or location (all of which would be interesting) but the rug depicted here is clearly an earlier version of the rug contributed by Max Allen in our previous post.

A deeper source of the (photographic) imagery for these rugs is found in Dr Whitney Azoy’s article “Masood’s Parade: Iconography, Revitalisation and Ethnicity in Afghanistan” in Expedition magazine (the link is to a PDF file). The article discusses the pervasiveness and range of iconographic mood in the photographs, posters and paintings of Masood available in Afghanistan in 2002.

Portrait rug 10: President Zia of Pakistan

June 14, 2006


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War art from Nigeria

June 11, 2006


These three Nigerian hats are in the collection of Ray Hughes, in Sydney. One is dated 1991, the year of the first Iraq war, the second is inscribed “Saddam”. In 1993 Ray Hughes was the first gallery in Australia to mount exhibitions of war rugs from Afghanistan collected in Pakistan. See Tim’s essay in “Rugs of War”…