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After cafpet forced break with Khiva, the author went on to help with a similar carpet making workshop in Afghanistan using wool instead of silk and again locally inspired designs and then a project to make jumpers from yak hair in Tajikistan. Having failed to buy a ticket at the counter and resigned to a very long bus journey, a man I purchased a painting from who comes from Khorezm, likes me and knows someone at the ticket office and makes a call and khova, here we are.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. How should we be improving? Mar 25, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: But like any piece of journalism, it must be read in the context of its time.

It is an unforgettable true travel story of khivva journey to the heart of the unknown and the unexpected khuva one man found there.

At any rate, I hope Alexander can one day return to finish off his story. His pursuit of powdered madder root takes him deep into Afghanistan, whence he emerges after close shaves. My one quibble was that the author consistently calls women girls. May 08, Cheryl Turoczy hart rated it it was amazing. I sat with them and listened, which is really all most people wanted; to be heard and to have a voice and to feel human again.

An enjoyable piece of travel writing which doubled as the author’s exercise in catharsis about the end of his time in the Uzbekistan city of Khiva as riide aid worker who helped set up a sustainable carpet business.


I carper Chris in the early ‘s and so this book was a bit of a catch up for me. Some token coloured skeins of silk still hang on a drying rack to show the tourists. I found this book to be enchanting but at times quite difficult reading, well worth the hours I spent reading it.

Return to Book Page. Tragically, the news of the day has me thinking about Aslan and his book again.

A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road

I tried to imagine our silk carpets reduced to a spectrum of white, brown and yellow, and my heart sank.

And I’d still recommend it to those interested in the region. Although the carpet and suzani workshops continue five years after I was kicked out, their supplies of dyes previously purchased from Afghanistan were dwindling.

Lists with This Book. The effect is generically Mediterranean, and this colour scheme is now autocratically imposed on all buildings we pass as we drive to Tashkent.

His pursuit of powdered madder root takes him deep into Afghanistan, whence he emerges after close shaves. This book is a journey into a fascinating culture and cafpet crumbling edifice, of daily triumphs amidst layers of corruption, of a young man finding a new life, a new family and a purpose in a land he now calls home.

Up until that point, he had used girls interchangeably with women so it’s possible he could have meant either. He now lives in the Pamir Mountains.

I continued work with Yak Yak in the Pamirs until April Putting feminist reasons for this quibble aside, can I appeal to the author in the name of clarity instead? Description The Silk Road conjures images of the exotic and the unknown.

Bittersweet, as the “real world” of global politics and corruption eventually intervened in a charming narrative.

Unbelievably, the largest note denomination remains unchanged, despite being worth very around 40 cents, so we insist on blocks of som notes, which quickly fill entire bags. Open Preview See a Problem? May 13, Linda rated it really liked it. The dyers have moved out and work at ti old office, which now belongs to the workshop and has a sewage system for disposing of waste dyes.


The first is when Alexander is at the Afghan Alexander’s book is hard to define – it details his seven years in Uzbekistan, where he helped set crapet a carpet factory.

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Madrim arrives and we hug, eyes shining. He stayed much longer than he first intended and only left, reluctantly, when his visa was not renewed.

I doubt I will A great first book by Christopher. In recent times I began to wonder whether this was really possible. When this happens, the KGB always win. This one makes a good follow up to Sheila Paine ‘s trilogy of searching the globe in search of the history of a specific embroidery design.

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A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road by Christopher Aslan Alexander

This site uses cookies. I was hesitant to read this book, as my memories of Khiva are very personally ingrained, and I didn’t agree with some of the activities of the organization that brought the author to Khiva. Hopefully it will inspire others to embark on similar ventures. Most travellers simply pass along it. In the Uzbek tradition, women are subjected to a brutal system of social conditioning that turns them into commodities to be traded and exploited in domestic conditions roughly comparable to indentured labour.

He arrived around the same time I did, and stayed for 7 years. This is where you can find out more about the book and also about how the workshops I set up are faring.