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Bridge Rug
Bridge Rug
TitleBridge Rug
SubjectWar rugs--Afghanistan--History--20th century ; War rugs--Afghanistan--History 21st century ; War rugs--Middle East--History--20th century ; War rugs--Middle East--History--21st century ; War rugs--Asia, Central--History--20th century ; War rugs--Asia, Central--History--21st century ; Afghanistan--social life and customs
DescriptionThis rug has a prominent cityscape on a red ground and a very narrow border. The horizontal centre has a row of multistory buildings. Above this is a large bridge-like structure behind which are more buildings. In the right hand side spandrel, formed by the inclined ends of the bridge, there are four trees, a helicopter and two jets. On the left hand side there are four trees and two helicopters. Below the bridge and row of buildings is a street with traffic, a row of light blue and light green blocks interspersed with trees in the central area. To the left hand side of this is a mosque and to the right a group of small squares and an abstract form on a white ground. Below this is a variegated ground with more vehicles and several diagonal solid bands of colour-- perhaps roads? The border is very narrow and comprised of two stripes of red on either side of a multicoloured band. The selvedges are black wool with a black and blue plain-woven skirt and natural cream wool fringes.
NarrativeThis colourful rug appears to depict a modern-looking bridge over a busy street lined with traffic. At one end of the street is a mosque and in the sky are helicopters and jets. It is not clear whether the rug is depicting some real or hoped for!
Time Period depicted/representedLate 20th century, Early 21st century
Type of textilerugs ; carpets
Dimensions [cm]147 x 87
Techniqueknotted pile
Language of Inscriptionszxx
Period MadeLate 20th century, Early 21st century
PublisherUniversity of Calgary
CollectionNickle Arts Museum Textile Collection
Sub-collectionFyke Rug Collection
ThemesFyke Rug Collection. Afghan Nationalism, Souvenirs
RightsThis collection is owned by the University of Calgary, Nickle Arts Museum and was donated by Robert Fyke. Permission to use any image or material from this site should be requested from The Nickle Arts Museum.
Accession Number2009.016.000
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