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I first read about the Tamgaly Petroglyphs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in a book on the Bronze Age archaeology of the Scythian Nomads called Kurgans, ritual sites, and settlements — Edited by Jeannine Davis-Kimball Visiting that site was the main purpose of my trip to Kazakhstan, and it wasn’t easy to reach. No tours or tourists were interested in such a place, so I had to hire my own driver to get… Read More

I have never seen another silk Tibetan saddle carpet, though I have read of two others. Since they don’t grow silk worms in Tibet the carpet was probably made in a Chinese workshop as a special order for a Tibetan nobleman. My best guess to its age would be mid-20th Century – 1930-1959. I bought it in the winter of 1987 from the seasonal Tibetan nomads who used to winter at Boudhanath… Read More