A Tibetan Refugee and I
I met this Tibetan Refugee in India. He escaped the Chinese invasion of Tibet with the rugs pictured. I purchased these two rugs from him and is still part of my collection.
Going to Winter Pastures
Going to winter pastures
The Baluch nomads weave small rugs from wool from their own sheep and goats.
Tying a Knot
Tying a knot
Balouch nomads near Iran and Afghan border
Hospitality of a Turkoman Host
Having a wonderful meal with my Turkoman host somewhere in the Khyber Pass. Note: no utensils or chairs but an old carpet on the floor and in an ancient building.
Iranian Carpet Designer
Iranian carpet designer
Tibetan Man with Spindle
Tibetan Man using a primate drop spindle to spin wool, mainly for clothes but also small rugs. Tibet is a harsh but beautiful land.
Selecting Afghan Rugs
Selecting my rugs at an Afghan warehouse
Busy on a Loom
Busy on a loom. Large rugs will have 3 or more weavers tying knots. The curved knife is used to cut the yarn once knotted.