|Attacking a pile of rugs in the Afghan bazaar (the most interesting rug is always on the bottom).||We examine each rug individually, and make a huge mess in the process.|
|The "cash bazaar" (this market is cash-and-carry only) in Peshawar, Pakistan.||After a few hours you try to figure out what you've spent.|
|Lunch with Issa Khan--head of an Ersari weaving family.||Shopping for Turkoman jewelry in the Afghan bazaar.|
A decorated bus in Northwest Province, Pakistan.
|Sign in the lobby of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar, Pakistan: check your guns at the door.|
|Kids in the village of Attock, Pakistan.||Street scene in Quetta, Pakistan.|
|After sorting, there's a little pile of ivory wool, a bigger pile of tan wool, a bigger pile of grey-brown wool....||Before wool can be spun or dyed, it's sorted by color (only ivory wool can be dyed a light shade).|
|Dyeing wool yellow using isparuk (Delphinium sulphureum), a flowering plant.||Dyeing wool red using the ground-up roots of the madder plant.|
|Weaving an Ersari rug on a ground loom.||Weaving a vegetable-dyed rug from a graph on a vertical loom.|
|Washing an Ersari rug after it's been cut off the loom.||Giving a vegetable-dyed rug a final clipping over a roller.|
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