| *Posted by Afshin Nejad on September 20, 2002 at 09:28:15:
|| *In Reply to: Iran, US, Italy, UAE...? posted by allouc on September 19, 2002 at 06:28:31:|| *Message was: Dear Allouc|
I appreciate your message in our message bord. You have an interesting question.
Where should you buy your rugs if you have a choice?
Obviously, you will have more chooses to select if you will be bale to have access to the source, but There is a big "BUT" attached to it. If you are looking to buy a rug or a carpet in country like IRAN, TURKEY, INDIA, PAKISTAN and CHINA, you do have more selection but not neseccry better RUG.
I do know many people who bought many rugs and carpets from rug producing countries and they had been assumed that they were made a big saving. They figured out their mistake when they came back to the US and tried to sell the rugs or carpets.
The worst case scenario is when you by Chinese HEREKE (Excellent Turkish Silk Rug) in TURKEY and you do not know that you are buying a Chinese HERKE in TRUKRY.
However, If you do know exactly what are you looking for and you do know how to barging with the local dealers(Good Luck!) then you have a better deals, means good quality rug with lower price.
You do need to have experience and trust me those dealers are experts in art of negotiation!!!
You have better quality choose in the US, Italy or Europe especially when you buy your rug from a reputable rug dealers. They have done their homework's and usually they select nice rugs and carpets from producing countries. Obviously, you pay more for in US or Europe compare the same rugs in producing countries, but usually they do have return policy and usually the quality of the rugs and carpets are better.
My last advices for those travelers that are going to the producing rug country are:
1- Before your trip, look at you local rug dealers rugs and take a camera with you, take pictures of rugs that you like. Write their price and keep the pictures and price with you. You should buy the same rug approximate 1/2 or 1/3 of that price in producing courtiers
Sorry for long answer, I just try to be helpful. Please feel free to contact me if you do have any question or suggestion.
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