A 1980, Soviet occupation, Afghan war rug. As you can see it has been used and is not new old stock. It is a simple design with two large Kalashnikovs extending vertically from near top to bottom. In addition are Soviet tanks, armoured vehicles, helicopters and a border of bullets.
The War Rug style is Red Turkman with Kalashnnkovs. The ethnic origin is Turkman. The colours on the back are vibrant and on the front somewhat faded. There is a short plain weave kilim, open fringe, and the pile is very thick. The war rug length is three feet and the width is two feet. Knots per inch - horizontal: 7, vertical: 7. Look at the close up; there is an abrasion approximately 1.25" x 1.75" shown. It is hard to see when the rug is on the floor but please be aware that it exists. Like other rugs of this kind they would have been made by women, men doing the design, in Pakistani refugee camps. The first wave of Afghan refugees to Pakistan began during the Soviet war in Afghanistan during the 1970s. and 1980s They are primarily Pashtuns, and among others, Turkmen.
This is an older rug but a beautiful one and certainly a conversation piece.
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