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.”
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.