New York Times: Rugs from Afghanistan

Art in Review; ‘Rugs From Afghanistan’

In 1969, the Italian conceptual artist Alghiero Boetti (1940-1994) designed a world map, with each country represented by the patterns of its national flag as if that were its essential identity. Boetti then commissioned weavers in Afghanistan, where he traveled frequently, to embroider the map. Updated versions were produced over succeeding years to reflect territorial changes. The last map under Boetti’s supervision was completed in 1993, after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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