When I asked the lady standing close by, if I could buy the display, she didn't understand my English. She called another guy over who said he "would give it to me for next to nothing" because they were about to travel to their next show in Germany and shipping costs are high. When I asked how much he said $75. I didn't have any cash on me and I needed to return to our booth. But I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I went back and bartered him down to $60. He reminded me that it was worth much more but he didn't want to pay for its shipping cost. He was clearly frustrated a bit too. I can understand why though. Sometimes people get in the convention with a simple tax ID and they don't have a buisness to give them reason to be there. And they want to buy a piece of the booth. It's frustrating becuase we are there to move bulk from the warehouse. Not peazy things.
Thankfully, I got the rug. I lucked out. I'm still on my rug high, and I've had it for over 24 hours now.
Bagmati is the manufacturer out of India that I bought my rug from. This pic above is one I got off their site. You can see the ladies hand sewing the product. It is neat to see how the lamb's wool is turned into this felt dye.
I'm so tall, I make the rug looked dwarfed above. It is bigger than it looks. I actually asked the guy if they supply the rug to Anthropologie. He said yes but it wasn't very convinving so I don't know. When I asked if I could potentially get another for a friend that was interested, he said he doesn't sell to the public and it was a display, but the third time I came around to the booth he said, if I let him know the demensions, he would have one made and bring it to the next show.
I pulled the following quote from their site. I'm humbled as I think of the work that went into it. "As the felt products are relatively simple to make, lot of under priviledged women have become involved in this industry. This in turn has helped in improving their living standard and empowered them."
This is the one from Antho.