Afghan war rugs are made in refugee camps in Pakistan, settled by Afghanis fleeing the war which has consumed their land for generations now. The rugs combine centuries-old techniques and materials with the reality of contemporary warfare Afghanis experienced in their daily lives. The image here could easily be a 21st-century tarot card.
A beautiful border with 28 hand-stitched hand grenades encloses more grenades, stinger missiles, and three tanks as well as three helicopters, an automatic pistol firing a round, and the inevitable Kalashnikov rifle.
This picture is also a document, an indictment of the powers that have made that war.
First published on June 16, 2011, at Eschadianism.blogspot.com.