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.

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Going to Winter Pastures

Going to winter pastures

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Baluch Nomads

The Baluch nomads weave small rugs from wool from their own sheep and goats.

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Tying a Knot

Tying a knot

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Baluch Nomads

Balouch nomads near Iran and Afghan border

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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.

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Iranian Carpet Designer

Iranian carpet designer

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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.

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Selecting Afghan Rugs

Selecting my rugs at an Afghan warehouse

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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.

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