a post-postmodern map of the world

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Here’s an example of a “map of the world” rug where there’s no argument about the date! Except maybe it’s a little too prominent! See our earlier controversy about the attribution of dates to war rugs. In the 1980s and 90s many of the most interesting war rugs (and map rugs) were imported to London by the late Reuben and his son Yuda Ambalo. By Yuda’s account this example was the only map-of-the-world rug they actually commissioned (it’s huge, 3m x 5m) and when it arrived in London it was a great disappointment. Understandably. Beautifully made, but aesthetically morbid. The text in Farsi reads: “ordered by Ambalo, London, 1996”.

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One Response to “a post-postmodern map of the world”

  1. Janet Tyson Says:

    I don’t mean to be cheating here, but I’m new to the site and don’t know how else to inquire about commenting on what seems to be a closed discussion — the one on Translations of Texts. Is it at all possible to follow up on that with a couple of references, one of which addresses the Which End is Up? rug, another of which relates to the battle scene rugs.
    Thanks for any help on this.

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