Sometimes it’s easy


So many of the motifs we see in rugs are heavily abstracted, and there is an unavoidable element of speculation in trying to identify things clearly (see our recent posts on helicopters, for example).

But sometimes, as with this rug recently traded on eBay, you know exactly what you’re looking at:

Gate Rug

Gate Photo

The (uncaptioned) photograph is from Afghanistan Today, compiled by Dr Khaidar Mas’ud and Andrei Sakharov with text by Makhmud Bar’yalai and Genrikh Polyakov and translation by Natalia Shevyrina. (Moscow: Planeta Publishers & Kabul: Baikhaqi Publishers, 1983).

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