Archive for January, 2009

Iranian motifs in an Afghan war carpet

January 31, 2009

azadidetail_500This carpet has all the characteristics of a first generation war carpet, and the central motif of the Azadi Monument (in Tehran) suggests it was made by one of the million Afghan refugees who fled to Iran in the early years of the Soviet invasion. We have never discovered the meaning of the “HEB or BEH” logo – or why it should appear in Roman script – was it a logo? or political acronym? Any suggestions welcomed…


Max Allen interview

January 29, 2009


An Afghan visitor to Battleground

January 19, 2009

Read the reactions of Abdul Wasey, an Afghan visitor to Max Allen’s exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada in this article by Joe Fiorito.