The friendship with our supplier in Mashhad has spanned many years. He was suggested to us by a good friend when we were researching a trip to Iran.

Mashhad is in northeast Iran, and was once a major stop along the Old Silk Road trading route, from China to Europe. 

Ben stayed with our supplier and his family, who have been rug traders for generations. In between meals and story swapping, Ben was shown beautiful, unique, handwoven carpets, saddle bags and hats from the family business. Ben bundled up a marriage rug and saddle bag to bring home to Steph. She, of course, fell in love with them. Suddenly, an idea was born.