January 23, 2010

I got me some war rugs.

My wonder-friend Cole shared a project idea with me a while back, and we've been slowly working away at it for months now. It has to do with the war rugs that have come out of Afghanistan over the past few decades, and the more I've learned, the more I've been fascinated by these pieces. You can learn more about them here and here.

So she emailed me last weekend to tell me that there was going to be a sale, through the Textile Museum, of 88 war rugs from a private collection. And with the purchase of a membership, each rug was only $50. (!)

So Chris and I headed down early last Saturday, not quite knowing what to expect. It's a good thing we got there early because apparently these babies are quite popular. We got in with the first group admitted and picked up a few that I think are really interesting and lovely.

Here are two that we bought specifically for the project. They are quite ornamented, but you'll notice the cars and tanks and helicopters:

Here's one I got for my boss. I didn't think he'd be too keen on the war imagery so I got him a rug with an abstract ornamented design. Also starring: my lovely feet.

And here's the one we bought for ourselves. It's around 6' x 4', with two big beautiful trees, what looks like a treehouse, and two little helicopters for good measure. You know what they say, helicopters on rugs guarantee good luck. Or something like that.

So now all we need is a place big enough to accommodate it!

Heading out to the Canadians Against Proroguing protest soon. And we'll also be testing out that Diana Polaroid. Fun day!

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