Afghanistan Shopping

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Afghanistan Shopping

  • Carpets - How to bargain in Afghanistan

    You will be offered grean tea while you are choosing carpets. Unlike in other Moslem countries, most shops do not offer sweets that go well with tea. Be patient. Remember that the carpetsellers are seasoned merchandisers and have sold hundreds of carpets before your visit. Earn their respect by admiring the quality and design of the carpets you...

  • War Rugs

    War rugs are an interesting development in rugs since the Soviet invasion of 1979. These are rugs that have woven images of war on to them. The original ones depict scenes of the Mujahideen but the ones today show more modern themes and even the World Trade Centres on September 11th. There are also scenes of tanks, guns, bombs and other weapons...

  • Lapis Lazuli

    Although you can find lapis lazuli in many other regions of the world (Canada, USA, Russia, Angola, Burma and some more) the finest lapis lazuli comes from Afghanistan. This rock has been highly prized as a gem and known for about 5000 years. One place it is quite popular to see is from recovered treasures of pharaohs tombs. It is even mention in...

  • Afghan carpets

    The big red Afghan rug in my parents' house meant that i had always associated Afghanistan with carpets. So, when the time came to pack my bags and head there on my first of two trips, i decided that i`m going to get one of my own. Different regions of the country have their own unique designs. Almost always, they are deep red and with some...

  • Walk away at least twice before buying...

    There are a lot of cool shops selling tons of little trinkets and interesting items. Rugs, keep an eye out for the handmade ones. Ask the shop keeper to show a machine made carpet and a handmade one.Look closely for differences, especially on the back and how the threads are aligned. If the two carpets look the same, its a good chance he's trying...

  • Antiques, carpets and handicraft

    Big choice of carpets, antiques and handicraft. The last guidebook on Afghanistan " Afghanistan, an historical guide" by Nancy Hatch Dupree, published in the 70's is still available here. Prepare to bargain

  • Chicken and Flower

    There are two interesting streets in Kabul for your shopping. One is called Chicken Street, and the other Flower Street. You can find almost everything you need in Afghanistan, such as the various gems, jewelry, carpets, animal hair, hand-crafts and even the heads of Buddha. As for the price, you can freely reduce the price proposed by the...

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