Archive for November, 2008

Namakdan with war imagery

November 23, 2008

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Here’s an unusually archaic form on which to find the imagery of war. Namakdan (or salt bags) are rarely made these days. This example was found recently in Herat. The weapons suggest the technology of the post 2002 international intervention. The only other example we know of is in Max Allen’s Battleground exhibition, at this link. However that example was made in two pieces, front and back, the front presumably cut down from a damaged war carpet. Any other examples out there?

Testing the market

November 13, 2008

Canada’s Ritchie Auctions are offering some very good war carpets. Click here for the site…