"Afghan War Rugs" Hits Enlightenment, Misses American Connection at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Americans have a thing for Persian rugs, which have their roots in the region that makes up modern-day Iran. We love the symmetry of their central designs and detailed borders, which typically sport beautiful medallions or floral patterns that conjure images of idyllic lands.

You'll find a different sort of rug exhibited at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art -- which recently opened "Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia," featuring more than 40 rugs with motifs that include grenades, helicopters, landmines, tanks, and assault rifles.

It's likely you'll learn more about Afghanistan by exploring this exhibition than you've gleaned watching a decade or more of television news coverage.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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