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Woven Images of Afghanistan II – A Rug Sale

Max Allen, founding curator of the Textile Museum of Canada, has donated 48 Afghan rugs from his own collection to the TMC Volunteer Association. The rugs offer a variety of images, some reflecting the machinery of war and others expressing traditional motifs or geographic scenes. We’re offering these rugs for sale with proceeds to be used to benefit and sustain the Museum’s collection of textiles from around the world.



The Afghan rugs reflect the culture and history of people who have endured decades of war. In pursuing research for the Textile Museum of Canada’s exhibition, Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan, Max found that it was not possible to identify the exact origins of rugs made by weavers displaced by war. The war scattered weavers to Pakistan in the east and Iran in the west, taking their weaving skills with them – and little else. “What’s left are the rugs themselves, eloquent anonymous documents of a world turned upside down.”

The Battleground exhibition was shown at the Textile Museum from April 2008 to January 2009.  It has travelled since then to a number of locations including the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia in 2011, and to the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, PEI. Battleground is currently on display at Museum London, in London, Ont.

Our sale begins with an opening reception at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15.  Buyers should note that the sale will continue to Saturday Feb. 18, 4 pm, or until all the rugs are sold.

Woven Images of Afghanistan II – A Rug Sale

Wed. Feb. 15, 5-7 pm (Opening and reception)
Thurs. Feb. 16, 11am – 4 pm
Fri. Feb. 17, 11am – 4 pm
Sat. Feb. 18, 11 am – 4 pm

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Ave., Toronto
(St. Patrick Subway)
2nd Floor East Gallery




About Strand News

Strand News is the online meeting place for members of the Volunteer Association of the Textile Museum of Canada. Our annual fundraisers, including the Textile Bazaar, support Museum programs and exhibitions.


This entry was posted on January 16, 2012 by in Uncategorized.

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