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  • WhenJune 25 to November 14, 2021
  • CuratorsNigel Lendon and Tim Bonyhady

The exhibition dates have been extended to Sunday 14 November, to commemorate our friend, colleague and exhibition curator Nigel Lendon.

I weave what I have seen: The War Rugs of Afghanistan is a testimony to the creativity and resilience of Afghan weavers who have faced the devastating effects of war for more than forty years.

From the very start of the conflict, Afghan weavers began developing a striking new form of war art involving a complex imagery of armaments, maps, monuments, texts and portraits which soon began to find an international audience.

Emerging out of a research project undertaken at the Australian National University by Tim Bonyhady and Nigel Lendon, this exhibition investigates the history, iconography, production and distribution of these extraordinary rugs.

The Drill Hall Gallery is currently seeking appropriate venues to tour this exhibition in Australia.

Essential COVID-19 information for visitors to the Drill Hall Gallery here

Radio interviews:

I weave what I have seen: War Rugs of Afghanistan On ABC Canberra Mornings with Adrienne Francis. Monday 28 June 2021

I Weave What I Have Seen: War Rugs of Afghanistan On ABC RN Breakfast with Sally Sara. Friday 2 July 2021

Afghan war rugs a testimony to creativity and resilience

Sasha Grishin, Afghan rugs weave stories of war, The Canberra Times, 10 July 2021,


Install Images


Buy Now / $35 + $10 postage

  • TitleI weave what I have seen: The War Rugs of Afghanistan
  • SpecsSoftcover, 112 pages.
  • PublisherPublished 2021 by DHG Publishing
  • DetailsPublication designed by Small Tasks. Tim Bonyhady and Nigel Lendon, with a foreword by Sabur Fahiz.
  • ISBN978-0-6485534-8-9
  • Price$35 + $10 postage / Buy Now

Install Images

Exhibition opening night


Top image: Unknown weavers (detail). Courtesy of Nigel Lendon.

Installation images: Rob Little

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.