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Soldiers in Afghanistan: the conversations continue

In my ‘blogistory’, which is the history of my own blog, the conversations I have had with our troops stationed in Afghanistan are my most popular group of posts.  As military and others over there look for information on rugs their internet search terms keep me at the top of their browser results.  I suppose it’s the way the web is supposed to work, isn’t it!

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A soldier with a good eye for rugs

In my last post, I shared an email exchange with an American solider stationed in Afghanistan. Through our online conversation and viewing some photos, I was able to help him select and purchase a Khoja Roshnai rug. Recently I had the honor of helping another soldier identify a rug he’d just bought. We swapped emails and then I was able to meet him and see the rug in person. He was happy to confirm what he’d suspected—he’d chosen a rare and valuable Khoja Roshnai.

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Coming home from Afghanistan…with a rug!

On each trip to Afghanistan, at every base, consulate or embassy we visited, Alex and I would meet with soldiers, diplomats and their staff to teach them about the host country’s rugs. We had a lot of fun doing this and I think we really helped the men and women we met feel more confident about the carpets they were seeing in the bazaars. Our names became somewhat known and the people we met passed our names around. Not that we were ‘rockstars’, but when we got to a new post, we could pack a room full of inquiring minds. After all, there’s not much, other than rugs, to bring home from Afghanistan that would remind your few good times ‘in country’.

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