Woven War Rugs

When you’re weaving, you typically think of creating some sort of beautiful, enchanting pattern, right? Well, some artists don’t exactly pick the happiest patterns to illustrate. In Afghanistan, some weavers are choosing to showcase drones in their handicraft. While this may seem a bit morbid, it’s not the first time it’s happened: “war rugs,” as they’re commonly called, started to emerge in the 1980s during the Soviet occupation of the country. Throughout the years, they’ve featured designs such as helicopters, tanks, and fighter jets, depicting the signs of the times.

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