| 1. ||Exodus of the Soviet Union I ||War rugs--Afghanistan--History--20th century ; War rugs--Afghanistan--History--21st century ; Afghanistan--History--Soviet occupation, 1979-1989 ; Afghanistan--Politics and government--1989-2001 ; Military weapons ||This rug commemorates the departure of Soviet forces from Afghanistan. On the “Friendship Bridge”, heading north, are three Soviet BTR 60A Armoured Personnel Carriers. On the bloody red map of Afghanistan are what appear to be Soviet Mil Mi-24 Helicopters (aka Hind) with three Mil Mi-28 Helicopters (aka Havoc) in the air above the map. The rug also features AK-47s, several grenades, and two RPG 7V Grenade Launchers. The inscription refers to the departure of the Soviets. |
| 2. ||Qurban ||War rugs--Afghanistan--History--20th century ; War rugs--Afghanistan--History--21st century ; Afghanistan--Social life and customs ; Military weapons ||These tiny rugs are often suggested to be “practice” rugs woven by refugee children. This one depicts a Soviet Makarov semi-automatic pistol beside a tank, a helicopter, and what may be a butterfly mine (PFM-1). The inscription “Qurban” refers to sacrifice. Afghan rugs with this mustard yellow colour are also referred to as ‘chobi’ referring to yellow wood. The colour actually comes from isparak, a local plant that produces a yellow dye.