Two New Yorkers spend six months 18 months!?! in Bangalore and other places in India.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Tacky or Wonderful?

Rag Rug, originally uploaded by jrambow.

A confession. Buying a fancy wool or silk rug in India is not very high on my priorities. All the pretentious talking. All the offering of milky tea. All the bargaining and BS-ing. All the ignorance (on my part) about thread counts and natural dyes and blah blah blah. And worst of all, all the looking at rugs.

So although it seems dumb to not come back from the place with something substantial that I paid too much for, it's probably not going to happen. Instead, this is my idea of good rug. It's bouncy and cheerful. It's made of scraps. It cost 65 rupees.

True, the stallowners who sold it to me on Commercial Street didn't offer me any tea or any stories about Kashmir, but that was really OK.


Lakshmi Rajagopal - Bhat said...

Next time ... pay no more than 20 for that ;-)

Tripp Hall said...

It's about 1 m by .40 or so, not the smallest size. Although I'm sure a little bargaining would have paid off.