Iranian motifs in an Afghan war carpet

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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…

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