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    Posted 4 years ago

    raven3766
    (197 items)

    I purchased this today. I am not quite sure of what it is called except a carpet. It measures 24" x 29" and it has a war theme. I purchased it from a resale for $7. If anyone knows anything about it, please let me know.

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    Comments

    1. Anik Anik, 4 years ago
      Oh my, such an odd carpet (or kilim?) with a disturbing theme... but I would have purchased it too, just because it's so different.
    2. raven3766 raven3766, 4 years ago
      Thanks Anik, I thought it was interesting as well. I would just love to know more about it. I will research today.
    3. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      It is the size of a prayer rug. These are known by collectors as "war rugs"-- if you do searches online you will find a lot.

      They are made and sold throughout the region. They became popular during the Soviet Invasion/ Occupation. With US involvement in Operation Enduring Freedom they have seen a resurgence in popularity. They can be found with a myriad of themes and weapon systems.

      They are very popular souvenir items for soldiers who serve in the area. Here is a link to a smaller version that I have:

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/48169-afghan-war-rug-from-soviet-era

      scott
    4. raven3766 raven3766, 4 years ago
      Thank you so much Scott! Great information, I will look them up.
    5. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Glad to help-- also, I should have said $7 is a bargain!

      scott

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