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Photos of Weaving and Buying Afghan and Balouch Rugs....

A pile of rugs in the Afghan bazaar Attacking a pile of rugs in the Afghan bazaar (the most interesting rug is always on the bottom). Examining Afghan rugs in the bazaar.We examine each rug individually, and make a huge mess in the process.
Rug bazaar in Peshawar, PakistanThe "cash bazaar" (this market is cash-and-carry only) in Peshawar, Pakistan. Sorting through rug purchasesAfter a few hours you try to figure out what you've spent.
Lunch near PeshawarLunch with Issa Khan--head of an Ersari weaving family. Shopping for jewelry in the bazaar. Shopping for Turkoman jewelry in the Afghan bazaar.

A  decorated bus near Peshawar A decorated bus in Northwest Province, Pakistan.

Hotel sign in Peshawar 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 Kids in the village of Attock, Pakistan. Quetta street scene Street scene in Quetta, Pakistan.

Weaving Afghan Rugs....

Undyed wool comes in a variety of colors After sorting, there's a little pile of ivory wool, a bigger pile of tan wool, a bigger pile of grey-brown wool.... Wool must be sorted by color before dyeing 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 Dyeing wool yellow using isparuk (Delphinium sulphureum), a flowering plant. Dyeing wool red using madder root Dyeing wool red using the ground-up roots of the madder plant.
Weaving an Ersari rug on a ground loom Weaving an Ersari rug on a ground loom. Weaving a vegetable-dyed rug on a vertical 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 Washing an Ersari rug after it's been cut off the loom. Clipping a vegetable-dyed rug Giving a vegetable-dyed rug a final clipping over a roller.

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