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Old June 16th, 2017, 01:18 AM   #80
Chuck Wagner
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Rich,

We were in the Eastern Province, so the shops in Khobar and Dammam, the old souk in Hofuf, as well as those in Bahrain, were frequented. We got down to the Emirates from time to time as well, but there was a heavy bias toward low end Pakistani and Indian stuff there, used for day to day floor covering, as well as a lot of brand new (read: leaky dyes) south Persian and Afghan refugee material.

In the EP many of the shops were managed by Afghans, with family connections that did their sourcing. So international access was well established. Lots of inter-marriage, especially with NE Persian families. So the mix was actually quite broad, although biased toward recently manufactured goods.

A few of the shops also had good quality non-textile arts and crafts, in particular - hand engraved metal ware, and enameled metal ware.

There were three or four dealers we traded with who could bring in some more "ethnographic" material with some regularity. I have some images of a few of the shops buried somewhere on the computer. I imagine that some of the goods are still hanging there...

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Chuck Wagner
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