Lecture/Show and Tell: Afghan War Rugs from the Soviet Invasion to U.S. Drones

Mimi Kirk, managing director, Al-Shabaka, Palestinian Policy Network

Soon after the arrival of the Soviets in 1979, women in Afghanistan began to weave the violence they encountered in their daily lives into wool rugs and created patterns with grenades, AK-47s, and helicopters. These “war rugs” have since evolved to include depictions of September 11 and, more recently, U.S. drones. Writer Mimi Kirk will explore the history, context, and meaning of these remarkable objects.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings bring together textile experts and enthusiasts for a thematic show and tell of personal pieces. Free; no reservations required.