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Kohistani Embroidery – silk on cotton; 76cm x 76cm – Late 19th Century This is the first piece of Afghan embroidery that I ever bought … and it turned out to be from the Swat Valley in Northern Pakistan. I shared a house with some friends in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1972 -73. Across the street lived the famed German carpet and textile expert, Thomas Knorr and his wife Undine. His 1973 textile… Read More

Back in the 1970s, when I lived in Kabul, one of our favorite night’s out involved dinner at the Green Hotel and an evening of live Afghan music played by the rebab master Amir Mohammad Jaan. When I was in Peshawar in 2006 my Afghan friend Attaullah Khan told me that Amir Mohammad Jaan was in town and that he was coming to Attaullah’s penthouse carpet shop on the top floor of… Read More