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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wherein I lose at least one follower

My current not-terribly-sensitive decorating obsession - Afghani war "rugs" (actually they're, uh, prayer mats). My pacifist husband would flip his shit were I to buy one. Peep them here.



Update: An anonymous tipster just sent me this - "The Afghan people make these rugs by hand for profit. So buying them helps families in their economic plight. That said, my husband has worked in Afghanistan on and off for years and purchased them for the above reason as well as for souvenirs. They are made for the Americans to buy, so no one should be remotely offended or take issue."

21 comments:

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Raina,
It seems we are related by humor. I have several of these! Gifts from my husbands travels. Should I send you one?

Julie @ Chapman Interiors said...

OH. m. g. hahaha.

nkp said...

Not me. Although honestly, I just don't find these appealing.

brismod said...

It reminds me of WWI and WWII trench art.

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

As a veteran and having friends that are currently at war in Afghanistan No I would never own one of these myself nor do I take offense if I were to see it in someones house, everyone has a right to their own. As I tell everyone as an artist some art is meant to be offensive it's art if you don't like than don't look at it. I have a giant picture of Johnny Cash in my living room flipping everyone off who walks by. And I also lost a battle with my husband over a SIN statue I wanted to display, he felt it would insult my MIL, booooo!

Rachel said...

Hmmmmm..... well as long as it didn't bring bad karma into the house!! :-)

Actually, they're just not my style - machine guns and bombs as an entry mat or in front of my sink isn't my thing.

Kathy said...

They weave what they see....I have several upstairs in my now grown boy's rooms. They are not dated and have no words..just intricately woven hand grenades and swords in the pattern that you have to have pointed out to you the first time that you see them. Mine were made when we were "helping" the muhjadeen (sp?) in their fight against the Russians. Great post! K

Kathy said...

P.S. You may lose a follower, but you gained a new one today...me! K

Raina Cox said...

Acanthus and Acorn - I'm sorely tempted but LB would mee-yad!

Bri - Thanks so much for that input. It's truly appreciated.

Kathy - Thank you and welcome to this deliciousness!

erin@designcrisis said...

I think that as art they're beautiful, actually, but I'm trying to keep the house a gun free zone for the little dude's sake.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Lose one follower? How about gain a convert?
These are pretty hilarious. I mean, to think that the Afghan people are making these to sell for profit means someone, somewhere has a stoic sense of humor.
Methinks increasingly it must be a certain Someone up in the sky.
Would I buy one of these? Probably not. Would my husband pray on one, meh, not likely, though perhaps.But they are an interesting conversation piece, fo' sho. May even become un-pc collector's items in years to come.
Alcira
thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

Jodi said...

Such an interesting post. My parents bought one during the Russian/Afgan war.

susieq said...

This is fascinating. I think they are crazy art, but I couldn't have one in my own house.

Lausi said...

Uhm... were you serious? Do you really dig them? *mind boggles*

...uhm.... sorry, but uhm.... NO. Not really something I'd EVER consider putting anywhere?!?!

Raina Cox said...

Lausi - I do indeed. The craft aspect of a political statement is intriguing to me.

Raina Cox said...

Jodi - Hello to you and welcome to this deliciousness!

Eliana Tomás said...

i lost a follower because I posted about Zebra patters :(

Raina Cox said...

Eliana - I just read that post and the comment. She had an agenda.

Jonesie said...

War rugs. A friend of mine studies them - more info at http://rugsofwar.wordpress.com/
They are fascinating stuff and many of our friends have them in their homes.

Alexis L., The Studioist said...

I wonder if the people who find these rugs amusing would be okay with having 9/11 art in their homes as conversation pieces or if they only find the tragedies of The Other laughter-inducing. I don't mind people consuming these objects since they are intended for trade but the lack of reverence and sensitivity is nauseating.

But typical.

Raina Cox said...

Jonesie - Thanks so much for the link and welcome to this deliciousness!