We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We posted about Armenia this week. Armenia is a mountainous nation. It is said that Noah's ark grounded on a mountaintop there. The Caucasus mountains.
It's the area whence Caucasian carpets. Of all of the varieties of "oriental carpets" (ie Middle Eastern,) it's the Caucasians which most intrigue us at the BD homestead. The antiques, hand-loomed with vegetable dyes are the only ones really worth having, and they come so costly that people often hang them on walls. Folk art.
They were only made in small sizes, always smaller than 5'X8'. As with any type of valuable antique "oriental" carpet, you can only find them in the US and Europe. Not in the Middle East. Today, like 100 years ago, they were made in the villages for export.
Photo is a cool antique Kazak carpet in perfect shape. Would you want to step on that with your work boots?I'd guess you could own that small one for between $6-10,000.We can't afford this stuff but it's fun to look at.
I have a few more modern imitationsfor high-traffic places and you can tell the difference instantly.
We have friends from Afghanistan--wonderful, well educated, thoughtful and caring people. She has family in Iran and went for a visit. Picked up a beautiful antique carpet about this size and smuggled it out of Iran in her suitcase. How did she do it you might ask? Well --- it seems that the Iranian border patrol were not too keen to go searching through the top layer of her suitcase--dirty panties, bras, and such! ;-)