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SubjectWar rugs--Afghanistan--History--21st century ; War rugs--Middle East--History--21st century ; War rugs--Asia, Central--History--21st century ; Constitutions--Afghanistan ; Afghanistan--Politics and government--2001-
DescriptionThis rug has a figured centrefield and a narrow border. In the middle are nine crudely drawn figures arranged around a black, four-sided shape. They are positioned on top of a cream coloured map of Afghanistan, which is oriented sideways on the rug. To the right of the map is a helicopter and to the lower left a second helicopter. In the upper right corner are inscriptions in Pashto and English "Lwya Jarga". There is a single, narrow border of meandering red and salmon coloured blossoms with a black scroll, green leaves, and filler motifs. The selvedges are dark brown wool and the ends are finished with cotton fringes.
NarrativeAnother rug featured in the 2006 exhibition, "Made in Afghanistan", which was not in Rob Fyke's collection was one we called "Constitution". This rug was based on a poster promoting an Afghan-authored constitution. It featured a map of Afghanistan on which nine individuals (including two women) representing different ethnic communities, are arranged around an inscribed white sheet. For any of the Afghans who visited the exhibition, this seemed to be the only rug that interested them. Once again, Rob wrote to his Peshawar friend and rug dealer, with a request to order a copy of this rug. Apparently, the rug (or perhaps the original poster) was not as well known as he might have liked. The borrowed rug is part of the collection of the Textile Museum of Canada.
RegionAfghanistan ; Pakistan
Time Period depicted/representedDecember 14 2003
Type of textilerugs ; carpets
Dimensions [cm]99 x 62.5
Materialswool weft and pile, cotton warp
Techniqueknotted pile
Language of Inscriptionseng, pus
Period Made2007
PublisherUniversity of Calgary
CollectionNickle Arts Museum Textile Collection
Sub-collectionFyke Rug Collection
ThemesFyke Rug Collection. 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 Number2009.028.000
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