Geographic Rug

Circa 1990
Afghanistan, Central Asia
152 cm x 85 cm
4'11" x 2'9"

A curious pictorial rug, woven by the Afghani Beluch people, illustrating a map of Afghanistan divided into regions at around the time of the Gulf war. It belongs to the larger group of so called ‘Afghan war rugs’ and depicts a completely different facet of village and tribal weaving, one which has been explored in the late 20th century by avant garde artists such as Alighiero Boetti, who dwelled considerably around the theme of the map as representation of a virtual reality.

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