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Kaivalam to Iran: Antique Suzanis and Other Hand-crafted Treasures

Carpets & Suzanis

Mumbai drew us back and gosh what a response – wasteful bandhs and economic slowdowns not withstanding. I loved every bit of it although I did have to part with some of my favourite pieces and my feet hurt for three days afterwards! I am already thinking how we can better this one and that thinking is leading me to venture to unknown lands – another journey and culmination with another exhibition. How exciting! Now to cross borders without anything untoward happening!

In the meantime, I am off to Chennai (if I can manage to wrangle a pass) for the World Crafts Council Summit, then to Varanasi for the India Carpet Expo and a sojourn with my artisans in and around Delhi. So many ideas, people to meet and so little time. The temptation to do a quick trip to Bodhgaya from Varanasi is great, however my current challenge is getting the …

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The First Carpet Sale!

Our concentration so far has been on the branding and sourcing, so marketing and sales are taking a back seat for the time being. However we did exhibit some items at the Overseas Women’s Club of Bangalore Christmas Bazaar in December, and made a few small sales there. Thanks to that publicity, and word of mouth, we already have a number of people interested in us, and recently made our first carpet sale!

A gorgeous Senneh kilim runner from Iranian Kurdistan will definitely be appreciated in its new home, although Nisha is going to have to learn not to be so sad to see her prized stock leave her! Luckily she still has plenty more, such as this peacock design, also a Senneh kilim but a very different style.

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