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  • Description

    Woven Afghan war rug with a light brown ground, wide dark brown border and short beige tassels. The complex iconography includes a large tank and a four-barrel anti-aircraft gun in the central field flanked by tall poppy plants. The corners of the central field include a grenade, rocket launcher and other unidentified weapons. The wide border includes a train of tanks and other armoured vehicles. Inscriptions in Farsi and Russian may refer to the Safed Koh mountain range on the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan, which was devastated during the Afghan civil war.


  • Date

    • 1980s
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 146 centimetres (incl. tassels)
    • Width: 82.5 centimetres
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Fair with a few worn patches.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Part of a collection donated on 4 April 2010 when they were placed on deposit (Deposit no: 789).

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number



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