Rug Buying Trip to India

At the Varanasi Rug Show in India

By Mike Bailey

Addison/Dicus & Bailey sources rugs from many weavers.

And it's our policy to go in person to meet weavers on their turf.

Although there are booths by the hundreds and rugs by the thousands at the Varanasi Rug Show, you can find a lot about recent pricing trends and maybe fall in love with some new creations. 

Rugs span the gamut from the most beautiful in the world to not-ready-for-Home-Depot machined synthetics.

Below is a short video and some still shots that I took to share.

I'll share my purchases closer to the delivery dates some time early next year.

Please feel free to comment. I'd love to know your thoughts.


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The football field sized tent that the rug show was located.

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 Hundreds of weavers and buyers from around the world inside the Varanasi Rug Show.


A British Catholic church left in ruins at the entrance to the show. A very beautiful building showing off the history of India. 

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This is a mini rug weaving loom. It is typically used in making of samples. Think of it the next time you are looking at a 3x2 strike-off.

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Notice the shaggy unfinished surface of this rug. It is just off the loom and has not been washed or sheared.

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Lots of naked sheep to make this inventory in the wool room of a Bhadohi, India wool room.

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All the washing and drying is done outside on this deck. People are often surprised at how the rug is drenched. In fact, water and wool are made for each other.

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An experienced craftsman shears a rug at the Bhadohi weaver's. Much of the final look of the rug depends on this process.

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Overview of the rug factory in Bhadohi.

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Walking the banks of the Gange river in Varanasi. One of the most holy places in the world.

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I'm standing at the bathing Ghat on the Ganges river. No. I did not bathe.

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This the wood pile for the crematorium in Varanasi. The bodies are burned on the banks of the Gange. It is a very difficult site to see. The funeral fire has been burning non-stop for 3000 years.

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