Every day we do something ‘house’ related. Today I suggested we go check out some carpets on Arab Street. We were lucky enough to meet a nice Iranian carpet seller who very patiently explained to us the different types of carpets available, and happily showed us carpet after carpet to meet our preferences for design and colour as well as budget. Somehow, because of the turquoise on the cushion of our dining chairs, our living and dining area has adopted a somewhat blueish theme. Not sure if we’ll get the carpets, but there were a couple we really liked.
There were some pure-silk carpets from Ghom in Iran, and Kashmir going for $3,000 to $5,000 for something like 3ft by 2ft. Exquisite to touch – very soft and smooth. We were told that these carpets are are hand woven over 11-12 months, and that it is so expensive that many who buy do not even step on it – they buy it to hang it as a piece of art on the wall. We didn’t hesitate to tell him our budget was less than 10% of that for something at least 4 times the size. Hehe.