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Perhaps not, but you certainly do.Handmade stuff always has slight irregularities that make each piece unique. Even your very regular carpet has a slightly wonky border, especially if you view it from the back, that would make it instantly recognizable to the owner, especially if the owner had woven the thing.And, once again, the internet carpet dealer almost certainly doesn't actually know the history of this carpet. It has probably been through any number of hands...
About 128 KSI -- They look like Turkish knots in the picture.Cotton baseLikely India, though you can't really tell from a picture.
You think?Do you detect, perhaps, a certain tension between the idea that each one of these carpets is a one-of-a-kind, completely unique expression of the Beni Ourain spirit, lovingly hand-woven by proud tribal women who think of each carpet as one of their children and the suggestion that they have to weave random bits of fluff into them to tell them apart at "communal celebrations"?Once again, I am not an expert on these carpets but I have never heard this particular...
Really? This is the best I could find, though I might not have done a very exhaustive search.As an aside, one of my rules to live by is never buy anything from a site where you can't easily find a physical address and, preferably, a phone number. "The Ourika Valley" doesn't quite do it for me.I would be pretty disinclined to buy a carpet on-line, but if I had to choose one of these, I would be substantially more comfortable dealing with the French guys. At least they...
Good point. The "About Us" and the "Contact" sections of Foo's dealer's website really do increase your comfort level.Whereas if you click through to the Etsy guy's website, you can see that he has two actual shops, one in Morocco and one in the South of France. And you know how the French are.http://www.beniouarain.com/qui-sommes-nous.php
That is hilarious. Is that really the same one?I have resisted doing any actual research -- i.e. googling "Beni Ourain" -- but I finally broke down. Foo's carpet is available on Etsy.http://www.etsy.com/listing/153514256/natural-virgin-wool-carpet-beni-ouarain?ref=sr_gallery_28&ga_includes[0]=tags&ga_search_query=beni+ourain&ga_search_type=vintage&ga_view_type=galleryUsing this as a comparator and adjusting for size, a fair price for the one he bought is about $1000...
I am by no means an expert in Beni Ourain carpets. My interest is more in the "Persian" variety. Having said that, most of the allegedly authentic Beni Ourain carpets I have seen do tend to look like they were made by eight-year-olds at summer camp. These close-ups, especially of the back, do look suspiciously "clean".But since the internet carpet dealer said it was an authentic 30-year-old carpet full of mystical Beni Ourain symbolism and made for use in the home by a...
As it happens, I have the ball that Allen Craig caught to end the 7th game of the 2011 world series. Would you like to buy it?
To be honest, some people might find this discussion slightly vulgar.My goodness, you could not be more wrong. Carpet dealers, especially those that deal with tourists, are exceptionally good at reading people, even across cultures. I know one guy in Turkey who speaks conversational English, German, Italian and Japanese, as well Turkish, of course. He can spot a tell a mile off. So he launches into his patter about the virgins and the mystical symbols etc. and watches...
Yeah, I don't get all the brunch hate. Any legitimate excuse to start drinking at 10 am works for me.
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