Balutch War Rug

The art of Oriental rug weaving was spread throughout the Persian empire to Pakistan, India, and further regions abroad. The new generations of oriental carpet weavers have learned the ancient Persian patterns, and integrating personal, political, and cultural symbols into their design methodologies. Some famous war rugs were inscribed and donated to the Armenian Library and Museum in Watertown, Massachusetts. These carpets show how the Armenians tried to preserve their cultural identity during a time of immense strife. Christian Armenians from the Ottoman Empire, who lived in a Muslim-dominated culture prior to the First World War, these people endured the Armenian massacre of 1915-1918, wove these War rugs. These carpets depict numerous Christian symbols in an attempt to establish a unique Christian identity of the peoples who had lost their homeland.

Today, war continues to play a large motive in rug design with rugs from Afghanistan, known as “War Rugs,” these carpets are made by the Belouchi’s who are a nomadic tribe of Afghanistan, Iran and southern China. Weavers of Balutch War Rugs depict stylized army tanks, airplanes, and various pieces of artillery equipment. Weavers use the same geometric pattern approach once reserved for the depiction of barnyard animals and flowers in Oriental carpets.

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