The Rugman of Doha, Al Jadeed St, Doha, Qatar 

The Kashmir Handcrafts Emporium looks like any other unassuming purveyor of Middle Eastern trinkets, sandwiched between a Lebanese shawarma shack and a mirror store on one of Qatar’s many nameless dusty streets.

Up its rickety steep staircase however, hides a sultan’s bounty of finely crafted Arabian carpets, and the trade of Doha’s notorious Rug Man.

Known across this little desert emirate for his trade in rare tribal rugs from across Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran’s most dangerous regions, Riyaz Bhat, the rug man himself, will educate the curious customer on the finer points of rug purchasing and carpet artistry.

With all the skill of a showman Bhat will unfold the 1600 knot-per-square-inch silk rugs handcrafted by his own family, smooth as velour, and tell you the tales of origin for every intricate design on its surface.

Epic Qatar Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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