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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-02-07 08:36 AM
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43. Yes, in war zones desperate people sell treasures dirt cheap.
Intricately patterned, hand made Persian rugs requiring thousands of knots (the smaller the knot, the more expensive the rug) - hundreds of hours of skilled labor, purchased for one dollar?!? I have 4 Persian rugs - some I bought at auctions in the U.S.; and the most recent purchase - with wool in rich, glowing tones of ruby and deep blue and creamy ivory - which I bought in Istanbul. I negotiated with the owner of the rug shop for about an hour - over glasses of tea served by his son - and believe I got a fair price to buy this very old, but in excellent condition, 4' by 6' rug for $325. Afterwards, he had his son walk me back to my hotel, carrying the rug for me. A year later his adult daughter called me to tell me they would be in New York selling rugs for a few weeks if I was interested. My rug is a constant joy to me - and part of the joy is remembering the family from whom I purchased it, and the whole experience of negotiating over tea & being escorted back to my hotel, and the whole experience of Istanbul.

Graham's "dollar general" approach is the worse example I've ever heard of some ugly American tourist bargaining down an impoverished local to an obscenely low price, and then bragging about it.
These rugs are like works of art - they come in so many color combinations, patterns and sizes. What kind of uncultured, uneducated, classless jerk would buy 5 of them in a matter of minutes? I would love to see color photos of those rugs, and hear what value an expert would place on them.

Wonder if his rugs have been exposed to Depleted Uranium?
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  -Grahams Signs Of Progress In Iraq: I Bought Five Rugs For Five Bucks CatWoman  Apr-01-07 02:28 PM   #0 
  - 5 rugs for 5 bucks to me sounds like a "Going out of business sale" mass liquidation.  chimpsrsmarter   Apr-01-07 02:29 PM   #1 
  - Because of sheer desperation! nt  Wwagsthedog   Apr-01-07 02:41 PM   #4 
  - As someone who makes someof his living from collectables.......  slampoet   Apr-02-07 02:11 PM   #57 
  - Damned cheapskate! How long  asjr   Apr-01-07 02:31 PM   #2 
  - There, in a single remark, is how kleptocrats measure 'progress' - how cheap is human labor?  TahitiNut   Apr-01-07 02:41 PM   #3 
  - Isn't that horrible?  CrazyOrangeCat   Apr-01-07 02:49 PM   #7 
  - that's exactly right  ComerPerro   Apr-01-07 04:11 PM   #26 
  - Yes, their yardstick is how much they can screw someone else.  cassiepriam   Apr-02-07 08:07 AM   #40 
  - How low can Graham go? He just robbed someone.  higher class   Apr-01-07 02:43 PM   #5 
  - and bragged about it.  higher class   Apr-01-07 02:44 PM   #6 
     - total ignorance and arrogance being displayed by Graham and  alyce douglas   Apr-02-07 09:18 AM   #46 
  - Coupla vile bastards.  CrazyOrangeCat   Apr-01-07 02:51 PM   #8 
  - I'd venture to say that * owned Lindsay for  Skidmore   Apr-01-07 02:52 PM   #9 
  - 5 bucks? Look out,I see a pay raise coming!  Forkboy   Apr-01-07 02:53 PM   #10 
  - and I can get you a "Rolex" for 20 on times square  shadowknows69   Apr-01-07 02:55 PM   #11 
  - Are you saying the Iraqi screwed Lindsay or was screwed by Lindsay?  higher class   Apr-01-07 03:05 PM   #12 
     - Was just saying the whole thing is one big clusterfuck  shadowknows69   Apr-01-07 04:08 PM   #24 
     - I'll pay $5 - - - or else.  antifaschits   Apr-02-07 08:05 AM   #39 
  - I think he should get a CSI team in there to check for blood stains on the rugs. Oh, maybe on his  OmmmSweetOmmm   Apr-01-07 03:08 PM   #13 
  - They were probably used to wrap up suicide bomber victims until burial  Lastlaughin08   Apr-01-07 03:18 PM   #14 
  - Six U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq  countingbluecars   Apr-01-07 03:21 PM   #15 
  - Imagine the mind set of someone  zidzi   Apr-01-07 03:27 PM   #16 
  - Graham is bragging about ripping the desperate off?  Solly Mack   Apr-01-07 03:35 PM   #17 
  - even if the rugs went for a dime, it would not justify this war  MissWaverly   Apr-01-07 04:08 PM   #23 
     - Nothing justifies the "war"  Solly Mack   Apr-01-07 04:11 PM   #25 
        - no, I know that but I feel we continue to trample on their needs  MissWaverly   Apr-01-07 04:26 PM   #29 
           - I'm not mystified by it - I'm appalled (how he chose to define progress)  Solly Mack   Apr-01-07 04:48 PM   #30 
              - Yes, that is true  MissWaverly   Apr-01-07 07:00 PM   #34 
  - Cheapskate! A buck a rug? Rugs for a dollhouse?  partylessinOhio   Apr-01-07 03:38 PM   #18 
  - Wow....thems some really cheap hairpieces....  sutz12   Apr-01-07 03:41 PM   #19 
  - He could use some new ones  Sabriel   Apr-02-07 12:01 PM   #54 
  - Sounds like a liquidation sale  sakabatou   Apr-01-07 03:43 PM   #20 
  - that just made me cry..those poor people over there that we have destroyed their lives..  flyarm   Apr-01-07 03:58 PM   #21 
  - may i suggest we all call graham's office tommorrow and give them hell!! eom  flyarm   Apr-01-07 04:00 PM   #22 
  - "Iraq: Come For The Rugs, Stay For The Suicide Bombs!"  Beetwasher   Apr-01-07 04:13 PM   #27 
  - GOPigs  Ms. Clio   Apr-01-07 04:17 PM   #28 
  - ... at Crazy Tariq's Rug Outlet! Come On Down!  johnfunk   Apr-01-07 04:55 PM   #31 
  - 5 bucks!!!! what kind of haggling is that?!?!  scarface2004   Apr-01-07 06:02 PM   #32 
  - 3 Questions: (1) is this what Fareed Zakaria meant when he said market freedom was more important  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-01-07 06:39 PM   #33 
  - I'm surprised they could get off their knees long enough to walk around  Skittles   Apr-01-07 07:09 PM   #35 
  - These people have no shame. Death & Destruction. A morally corrupt war. A war of choice.  spanone   Apr-01-07 07:15 PM   #36 
  - Such a CHRISTIAN act! I'll bet "5 bucks" is WAY more than a Widow's Mite!  WinkyDink   Apr-01-07 08:37 PM   #37 
  - what a cheap bastard  Skittles   Apr-02-07 06:00 AM   #38 
  - Sounds like Graham got the "Occupier's Discount"  Canuckistanian   Apr-02-07 08:34 AM   #41 
  - Lol n/t  NNN0LHI   Apr-02-07 08:34 AM   #42 
  - Yes, in war zones desperate people sell treasures dirt cheap.  Divernan   Apr-02-07 08:36 AM   #43 
  - That statement reveals Graham's lack of integrity & compassion..in case anyone thought  KoKo01   Apr-02-07 09:15 AM   #44 
  - buying rugs to sweep the scandals under ,someone just said  alyce douglas   Apr-02-07 09:17 AM   #45 
  - Graham & mccain; GUARDED by 100 US troops, 3 Blackhawks & 2 Apache gunships  LynnTheDem   Apr-02-07 09:22 AM   #47 
  - Probably made by six year old girls. nt  MookieWilson   Apr-02-07 09:58 AM   #48 
  - Sounds like a broken economy and/or black market prices. If those rugs were anything worth having  yellowcanine   Apr-02-07 10:06 AM   #49 
  - Also if you buy something at less than "fair market value" the difference is a "gift"  yellowcanine   Apr-02-07 10:09 AM   #51 
  - Progress to republicans = economically depressed banna republic.  BlooInBloo   Apr-02-07 10:08 AM   #50 
  - so, another ugly American exploiting the locals. five rugs, five bucks.  roguevalley   Apr-02-07 11:50 AM   #52 
  - Could he have made a more stupid statement?  tinfoilinfor2005   Apr-02-07 12:00 PM   #53 
  - so is Lindsey Graham going bald? 5 rugs...nt  Javaman   Apr-02-07 01:34 PM   #55 
  - I wonder how much of that "market" was pimped up to look prosperous?  Javaman   Apr-02-07 01:36 PM   #56 
  - That  vpilot   Apr-02-07 02:17 PM   #58 
  - Five rugs for five bucks. Ripping off the locals. How very republican of him.  Blue State Native   Apr-02-07 02:25 PM   #59 
 

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