Can I buy a carpet in Mysore

#1 Oct 1st, 2015, 17:57
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I would like to buy a carpet runner or 2 while visiting Mysore this January. Can anyone recommend a reputable sales room? I have been herded into one before, and while I wasn't interested then, I am now. I am worried whether the carpets would arrive in Australia. Any advice would be appreciated. Zamba.
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Mysore is known for flatweaves (dhurries) called mysore rug. Pile carpets are best bought up north - the norther you go, the thicker they are. By the time you cross the Hindu kush (in your dreams) and arrive at Andkhoy (or the seller shows up in south dilli, whichever comes first), it's a nice fat bunny fur texture.

Mysore rugs are sold by yoga studios world over - am sure it's no different in aussie. Might be less hassle to buy it online.

A notable exception to this problem would be to check if the Tibetan migrants (is refugees the politically correct term?) at Bylakuppe, about hundred kms from mysore are making tibetan carpets. That'd be well worth the trouble (and money). I'd expect honest prices too. When i spell carpet as G O O G L E - i get this - http://tdlsociety.com/

Promising.
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Thanks Vaibhav, as mentioned before I have been shown these carpets before in Mysore (so our auto driver could get a free t shirt he said), and from memory, was not impressed with the pressure sales pitch so I switched off. They were silk I was assured and he had a showroom full of them. We did enjoy a lovely mint tea while he serenaded us with the sales pitch, 'just looking, don't have to buy' He also said that they could be made to order. I am pretty sure it was a co-op or something and I'm sure I can find the shop again. My main concern is will they arrive in Australia as promised?? He showed me a scrapbook with names and addresses of Aussies that had bought carpets and been happy with the service and the delivery. Of course this is to be taken with a grain of salt. We will be in Mysore for 4 days so will look at them again and pay a lot more attention to the origins etc of the rugs. Yoga rugs are not what I am looking for. I want a hall runner and another one for my theatre room at home. Have visited Mysore on both my trips and plan to see a few more of the sites this time and hopefully go to the races again as well. Cheers. Zamba.
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If you're looking for advice on a specific type of carpet, you may want to post the name or other identification marks of the shop so someone can help.

Cheers!
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I had posted this info on another carpet thread which you among others replied to with some info. I looked back at the thread and it was Govindpuri who thought the carpet shop was more than likely Cottage Industries Exposition on Hyder Ali Rd, Nazabad, Mysore. He had been there in the past and he described it as a Kashmiri carpet shop. Reading thru that previous thread it was suggested that the buyer should mail it home himself. Has anyone done this? I am not sure what these carpets are but if I like them and am happy with the price I will consider buying them and having them bundled for postage by the emporium under my watchful eye and post them in Bangalore myself. The other thread also listed a test to do and some of the things to look for in an authentic product. Whether it is authentic or not is not really relevant to me as I will buy them if I like them and see value for money. Cheers. Zamba.
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We have post, we also have couriers, including the big multinational names like DHL, etc. They have big multinational prices too: it cost me around Rs.5,000 to send a christmas present to UK last year (slower service might have been cheaper, I forget). Actually, even India Post is quite expensive since prices rose a few years ago.
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If you are not quite sure of the fibres, silk or synthetic. Take a cigarette lighter with you.Ask the guy to give you a thread of the fabric. If it shrivels up, synthetic, if it burns and smells like hair, silk.

Never fails, also can be used on cotton, pure it burns, no smell , mixture polycot, ends up with a blob
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Make sure to try #7 on the thread while it is not attached to the rest of the carpet.
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post ... the norther you go, the thicker they are...
Ah. That explains a lot.
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It is easy to spot the Government Emporium in Mysore. It is the place where the staff totally ignore you. No hard sell there.
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Originally Posted by Lalu Prasad View Post It is easy to spot the Government Emporium in Mysore. It is the place where the staff totally ignore you. No hard sell there.
It couldn't have been the Government Emporium then, they were all over us. Zamba.
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Originally Posted by zamba View Post It couldn't have been the Government Emporium then, they were all over us. Zamba.
Government emporium has lots of paintings and other stuff. I don't remember seeing any carpets there.
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The plot thickens ....
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Originally Posted by hfot2 View Post Ah. That explains a lot.
Mighty fine coming from someone barely south of a lemming infestation.
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Good grief. That's a bit personal. You'll be talking about the hfots' fleas next!







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