Q. Do you buy second hand rugs?
No, as we have a Label STEP fair trade license we need to be sure that every rug and kilim we sell is sourced correctly and we have no way of knowing where a second hand rug may have been acquired.
Q. Where do your rugs come from?
The Northern Provinces of Afghanistan. Our rugs are sent from our supplier in Mazar-e-Sharif and he buys them locally and from the weavers markets mainly in Andkhoy, Aqcha, Shebergan, Maymana and Kunduz. Most of these places are within a few hours’ drive of Mazar-e-Sharif and act as centres for trade for surrounding villages and towns looking to sell their weavings.
Q. How much are the kilims?
Kilims are less expensive than our rugs, as a general rule they are roughly £150 per sq metre. Kilims are lighter embroideries/tapestries and there is less work involved in their production. Some more plain and basic designs and some rougher wools will result in a £125 per sq metre, whereas the more intricate designs that take longer naturally cost more, some of ours are a much as £250 (maliki kilim) and £300 (mashwani kilim) per sq metre so can sometimes be as expensive as the rugs.
Q. What is the biggest rug you can get?
The biggest rug we have been supplied to date is a 6.5m x 4.5m rug. Rugs around the 6x4m size are generally only ever purchased by provincial governors as they require a large property to accommodate them. Rugs of this size – depending on quality are around £10,000+
Q. How much are the rugs?
Like most products they vary in price depending on quality. However, as a very general guide a lot of our rugs are roughly £300 per sq m. We have some at cheaper prices, often the more plain rugs with larger knots and less dyes, such as Gabeh’s, which roughly £200 per sq m. We also have rugs at higher prices such as £450 per sq m due to the quality of the fine spun wool, intricacy of the designs, knots and dyes.