The Rugs of War by Tim Bonyhady & Nigel Lendon with an Essay by Jasleen Dhamija (pdf)

The first war rugs were made by Afghan weavers in response to the Soviet invasion in 1979. The most recent depict the events of 11 September and their aftermath. 

In The Rugs of War Tim Bonyhady, Jasleen Dhamija and Nigel Lendon examine this remarkable form of contemporary art — exploring not only the origins, meaning and significance of these rugs but also their circulation and reception around the world.

Click on each photo to read more about each rug. 


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    I saw a war rug at my friend’s place in LA. It was shockingly beautiful.
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