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Over the years I have written a number of articles and letters, not so much about carpets but more about people that I have met on my travels. The following stories are edited highlights.

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THE NORTH-WEST FRONTIER - "Will all gunmen leave their weapons with Management"

Over the last 35 years or so I have made around 80 buying trips to the Middle East and the Asian subcontinent and in the last few years I would have to say that I really do prefer spending my time with the Afghans in the North-West Frontier on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
 
The North-West Frontier is just that, a frontier, a tribal region so far removed from the Central Government that it seems that officials have all but given up enforcing its authority. Peshawar is the main town and the gateway to the Khyber Pass and to Afghanistan beyond and it is as lawless and chaotic as the Old Wild West. For example, and if I hadn’t seen it myself, I never would have believed it, there used to be a sign in the entrance to the P.C. Hotel that read: “Will all gunmen leave their weapons with the management” ... Click here to read more.

 

MY MENTOR AND FRIEND - My Agent for Afghanistan and Pakistan

In the past I would be using this newsletter to inform my friends and customers about all the things I have seen and heard on my travels, what is happening in the carpet world, and what the people in the areas that I travel to are thinking and saying. But on this occasion I would like to tell you about a most remarkable man – my agent for Afghanistan and Pakistan, my mentor and my friend, Mahomet Ilyas. Sadly Ilyas has passed away but his influence on me and my business has been immense and I’m sure that without his support, in the early days especially, my business would not be what it is today ... Click here to read more.

 

THE DANCE OF THE HEADLESS CHICKEN

Please find enclosed the certification for the pieces you purchased during my last promotion. I must apologise for the delay in getting them out to you but I’ve hardly been home since then. In fact I’m off again next week having just got back from Iran and Pakistan.

I would have to say that despite the strikes and the riots, the heat, the lack of sleep and being bumped off a flight in the middle of nowhere resulting in a cheap but hair-raising 12 hour taxi ride this is the best trip I’ve ever had. I loved every minute of it ... Click here to read more.