New this week: The Rugs of War

From finely-woven traditional heirloom carpets to inexpensive “war rugs” that can resemble blown-up post cards, Afghanistan rug weavers make it all. Then how come no one associates Afghanistan with oriental rugs?

In this two-part analysis of Afghanistan’s carpet industry Jared Nolan investigates the past history and future challenges facing the country’s rug trad

This week he looks into how historical events and traditions have shaped what the industry looks like today. Here’s Jared.

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