Uncle_Iroh wrote:Thought I post on update on this.
I bought a couple of handwoven wool carpets in Turkmenistan. Both are 3 square meters; price range was 300-500 USD each. The seller already had the necessary documents prepared and agreed to send the carpets via Turkmenistan Post for 100 USD each.
I bought them in the gift store of the Grand Turkmen Hotel. The Carpet Museum was selling similar-sized carpets for more than 1,000 USD each. In Bukhara and Samarkand, 1 square meter sells for around 500 USD.
- - - - and even $1,000 is about a third of what you pay in the US or Canada. - - - -
I am going in September to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan ... I guess from this discussion thread Uzbekistan is best for me ... have my eyes set on a blood-red Turkmen, but will get what jumps out at me best ... not the biggest fan of Shyrdak ... bought a few years ago two silk Persian (from Ohms) in the Damascus bazaar and you are right: they are members of my family!