A war rug from the Khandahar airport market

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Khandahar rug - detail 2

Khandahar rug - detail 1

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Here’s a conventional tourist rug bought recently by an ADF Chinook pilot at the Khandahar air base market. Is that a Canadian flag? Catering to the market… Note the unusual detail of a mine-flailer in the centre of the image, and the (somewhat subversive?) opium poppy border.

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One Response to “A war rug from the Khandahar airport market”

  1. max allen Says:

    Yes, it’s a Canadian flag. We’ve replaced the Americans as the lead force in Kandahar. No, that’s not (necessarily) an “opium poppy” border. This kind of flower-and-leaf border has been used on rugs since the beginning of time.

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