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Transcript of Afghanistan Art
Afghan rugs are a type of handwoven rugs or carpets that are made for many things.
The rugs are offten named after the village the makes them, but of the Afghan rugs are woven by Afghan refugees who reside in Pakistan and Iran.
Various vegetable and other natural dyes are used to produce the rich colors. Many patterns and colors are used, but the traditional and most typical is that of the octagonal elephant's foot print, often with a red background. One type is the Baluchi rugs, most notably Baluchi prayer rugs. They are made by Afghanistan's Baloch people.
Afghan businessmen in the United States received more than one million US dollar demands for further quality handicraft mat after all their rugs put for display were sold out. In early 2008 the Afghan carpets were put for display in another international exhibition in Germany, out of 1442 carpet producers from 80 countries across the globe Afghan carpet won the first position in the competition. Local art has spanned many centuries. One of the most famous kinds is the Gandhara art between the 1st and 7th century based on Greco-Buddhist art. Since the 1900s Afghanistan began to use Western techniques in art. Afghanistan's art was originally almost entirely done by men but recently women are entering the arts programs at Kabul University. Art is largely centered at the Kabul Museum and the National Art Gallery of Afghanistan located in Kabul. Greco-Buddhist art Greco-Buddhist art started in what is today Afghanistan, from their it slowly moved on to northern Pakistan, before spreading further into India, influencing the art of Mathura, and then the Hindu art of the Gupta empire, which was to extend to the rest of South-East Asia. The influence of Greco-Buddhist art also spread northward towards Central Asia, strongly affecting the art of China, Korea, and Japan. The Picture is the Bamian Statue built around 3rd Century A.D. Kabul Museum In 1993 the Kabul Museum was bombed . At first, only the upper galleries suffered losses and looting. The remaining artifacts, were transferred to lower leveled, steel doored vaults. In 1994, the United Nations attempted to stop the looting by repairing the doors, and bricking up the windows. sadly, these attempts failed. In the end 90% of the museum's collections had been takin.
In early March 2001, the Taliban decided to destroy all pre-Islamic statues and objects in Afghanistan,. The Taliban destroyed numerous statues in the museum which survived the bombing and looting. The Taliban also destroyed the two giant Buddhas from the 5th century in Bamiyan, and other ancient historical statues in Ghazni. One of the Buddhas in Bamiyan was the world's tallest standing Buddha. The pictures here where takin from 1968-71 Modern Style Art Modern style art has not made it so big in Afghan art.
Many Afghan artists do desire to paint in the modern style, but they must paint what sells to feed their families. Therefore, after 89 years, Realism and Impressionism are still the main art styles in the astonishingly beautiful paintings found in galleries in Kabul.
Impressionist artist in Kabul right now say, "Modern art flourishes in societies where things are constantly new and changing. According to the bulk of Afghanistan's society, Modern Art is not really appreciated nor acceptable - it is not Islamic..." Now its Question time