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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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