Babak's Oriental Carpets
1 in stock
Location: Afghan War Rug
Size: 9'10" x 6'5"
As the art of oriental rug weaving spread throughout the Persian empire to India, Pakistan, and elsewhere, new generations of weavers learned the ancient Persian patterns- integrating personal, political, and cultural symbolism into their designs. The inscribed Armenian rugs donated to the Armenian Library and Museum in Watertown, Massachusetts show how the Armenians attempted to preserve their cultural identity during a time of enormous strife. Christian Armenians of the Ottoman Empire, who lived in a Moslem-dominated culture prior to World War I, and endured the Armenian massacre of 1915-1918, wove these rugs. They depict numerous Christian symbols in an effort to establish the unique Christian identity of the people who had lost their homeland.
Today, war continues to play a role in rug design with rugs from Afghanistan know as "War Rugs", made by the Belouchis, a nomadic tribe of Afghanistan, Iran and southern China. The weavers depict stylized tanks, airplanes, and artillery pieces, using the same geometric approach once reserved for the depiction of barnyard animals and flowers.
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