Afghan Campaign Pattern War Rug
Afghan Campaign Pattern War Rug
Afghan Campaign Pattern War Rug
Afghan Campaign Pattern War Rug
Afghan Campaign Pattern War Rug
Afghan Campaign Pattern War Rug
Afghan Campaign Pattern War Rug
Afghan Campaign Pattern War Rug

Afghan Campaign Pattern War Rug

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Please Note: Estimated lead time for the import of these rugs is approximately 3-5 weeks. Rugs are 100% refundable until they ship to you.


Background

Afghanistan has been invaded, on and off, since 300 BC — conflict is to Afghanistan what the cheeseburger is to the United States. As far as Afghan culture goes, the only thing that predates war is rug making.

It should come as no surprise then that Afghanistan would make its own version of the Whopperito™, combining an established national pastime with ethnic tradition. 

Handmade since the Soviet-Afghan war, war rugs are a bizarre cultural mash-up between Afghan pictorial weaving and images of conflict. Tanks, planes, guns, and explosions are painstakingly hand knotted into wool rugs in small Afghan villages and in refugee camps along the Pakistani border. Each rug is the unique result of over a month of work by the weaver and a valuable source of income for an Afghan family it supports.

These rug designs feature the same general idea: soviet tank columns moving into Afghanistan and the small arms & vehicles that also came with them. The Soviet-Afghan war was one of the first major cases where the Kalashnikovs and tanks really started appearing on rugs. The maps depicted drew inspiration from Italian rug-artist Alighiero Boetti's famous world map rugs, which were coincidentally made by Afghan weavers.

Variants

We've separated these rugs into two main variants: the "War" map and "Conquest" map. The "War" map is typically more busy with object such as grenades and helicopters, but follows a more defined set of colors. The "Conquest" map on the other hand typically has a more ornate border with a broader set of colors. The "Jet War" map Is pretty self-explanatory, and "territories" feature a heavy influence from Boetti's world map rugs.

 

Specs

  • Hand-woven wool yarn
  • Roughly 85cm x 60cm (sizes can vary slightly due to the weaving process)
  • Made in Afghanistan
  • Different colors, shapes, and features depending on the weaver


Displaying Your Rug

These rugs are most frequently displayed on a wall. They can be placed on the ground, but it is more likely that they will be damaged or dirtied on the floor. 

If you place the rug on the floor, please use a high-quality carpet pad underneath it to prevent slipping and unnecessary wear.

If hanging your rug, we recommend you use a rod, or a long strip of 2" hook and loop fastener to evenly distribute its weight. There are several good tutorials online, and this small step will ensure your rug doesn't sag unevenly over time.

Cleaning Your Rug

DO NOT LAUNDER

If it gets dusty or dirty, hang your rug on a clothesline and beat it with a stick like it's 300 BC 2019 AD.

If you want to be less crude about things, please contact a professional rug cleaning service specializing in artistic rugs (not carpet cleaners). The hand-woven construction and natural dyes used in these war rugs require special products and techniques to clean without permanent damage.

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Better than expected

Was expecting it to be low quality but it’s really well made.

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Nice replacement for the one that became ‘missing’ when I redeployed from Bagram

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So nice I don’t want to put my feet on it.

Very nice rug. The quality is incredible and the design on it is extra fresh. Total talking point for any visitor. I’m an Afghanistan vet and it’s nice to have a piece of the desert even though I didn’t bring much back with me. I ended up using it as a tapestry and put it up on my wall, because it just is so cool. Thanks Kommando fam for helping me snag a piece of culture that’s hard to get now.

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My own piece of morbid history

Entirely worth the (understably) long wait. Fantastic quality and a tangible reminder of the cost of choices made in arrogance by elite sociopaths who will never suffer the consequences. I hope the money from this gets to where it will do some good.

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ITS AWESOME

great rug. my parents love it

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