The art of buying a carpet

The Oriental rug is usually the first thing that pops into your head when one thinks of a rug. That is certainly how predominant the market is for them, that without trying, they’ve turn into a staple diet of decor around the world.”

Carpets in IstanbulNever mind a mounted warthog head or wobbly waterpipe, for me a handmade carpet is the supreme travel trophy. The interweaving of exoticism, age-old skill and sheer prodigious effort make their selection, acquisition and, finally, possession a rare thrill. But, like most alluring things, bagging a good carpet is not easy and far too many travellers find that, instead of returning home with a length of treadable magic in their luggage, they have been taken for a ride.

There are two schools of thought about oriental carpet buying. The first, the one expounded in many guidebooks, holds that casual carpet buyers will inevitably get ripped off and that, given the gaping economic disparity between the West and the carpet-making rest, the damage will be slight – and perhaps even a justified kind of post-colonial revenge. The second sees the exchange between you and the carpet dealer as akin to a barely disguised duel…

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2006/apr/02/shoppingtrips.observerescapesection

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *