Abdullah to pull up stakes for Turkey

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canada goose store KABUL, Afghanistan Every big city has at least Canada Goose Outlet one street that’s a must cheap canada goose uk see for visitors: King’s Road in London, Stary Arbat in Moscow, Paseo del Prado in Madrid, Via Condotti in Rome.

Kabul has Chicken Street.

cheap Canada Goose Only two blocks long, this shabby lane full of competing aromas, lined with shops selling jewelry, antiques, knickknacks, artworks and, especially, Oriental rugs, has been a magnet for generations of foreign visitors canada goose coats looking for Afghan exotica. For decades, about the only thing missing has been chickens.

Canada Goose sale Now it is also missing foreigners.

Customers of any sort are thin on the ground. Most of the scores of shops have zero patrons at any given moment; one is unusual, two Canada Goose Online is a crowd.

But foreign visitors, once Chicken Street’s mainstay, are so rare that their canada goose uk black canada goose jacket friday arrival creates a sensation. On some days it’s so bad, even Canada Goose online the beggars don’t bother to come to work, and canada goose clearance the canada goose uk shop touts scarcely stir from their stoops.

Herat Carpets is one of the street’s most uk canada goose successful rug merchants, but April 13 was the last day in Afghanistan for the owner, Wahid Abdullah. He is moving his main business to Istanbul. “Security” was his one word explanation.

From the outside, Herat Carpets looks like a tiny, hole in the wall place, but deep in https://www.uscanadagooseoutletsale.com canada goose clearance sale the back is canada goose black friday sale a carpet lined staircase, leading to a carpet walled corridor, leading to a series of windowless rooms piled with stacks nearly to the ceiling of Afghan handmade rugs of every description.

Mr. Abdullah serves his customers green tea on an antique coffee table (old maple inlaid with hammered metals of several types), loaded with trays of pistachios, canada goose Afghan sweets, native raisins (long and plump) and local almonds (narrow and pointy).

canada goose black friday sale Then he lays out carpets, pointing out the abrash on one the color cheap Canada Goose shift where a hand weaver had to dye a new batch of yarn or the buy canada goose jacket rare shade of yellow given by dye from the weld flower on another, or the hard to find imperfection on a third.

Canada Goose Jackets Only God can be perfect, he said, uk canada goose outlet so each Afghan rug has a mistake woven into the pattern.

canada goose deals Mr. Abdullah does not sell customers, he seduces them. On Friday evenings, after work hours, he canada goose uk outlet used to invite over a group of friends to share a bottle of wine Canada Goose Coats On Sale in his colorful inner sanctum upstairs.

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Canada Goose online Take the universal mystery of the badamcha design, Mr. Abdullah said. Known in the West as paisley, it is a motif found in rugs throughout the world. He excitedly pointed out a rug whose pattern had paisleys curled canada goose coats on sale inside larger paisleys: “Pregnant paisley!”

Canada Goose Parka Those days are over. Some of his friends left, as he is now doing; others are prevented from venturing out by security concerns. “We are all missing each other and those times,” he said.

canada goose In some Canada Goose sale ways, Chicken Street hasn’t changed. The range of merchandise remains eclectic, and sometimes disturbing. Snow leopard pelt? Hajji Abdul Razzaq showed off one in a padlocked storeroom under his shop, Kabul Leather only $500. Wolf? $200.

canada goose clearance “No problem with customs,” he insisted. He also had for sale a stuffed cheetah, which he claimed had come from Kandahar (Afghanistan, not Africa), an canadian goose jacket unlikely extension of its known range. Yes, problem with customs.

Canada Goose Outlet Elsewhere, there are flintlock rifles and camel saddlebags; kilims and suzanis; chain mail shirts and Tartar buy canada goose jacket cheap helmets. A 19th century British ship’s sextant and brass telescope are offered for $100 for both, which probably means $50 will do.

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“They’re fakes,” the shopkeeper cheerfully explained. “But real brass.”

Almost anything can be found carved from lapis lazuli, a semiprecious, deep blue gemstone native to Afghanistan. Globes of the world, tables, crockery, necklaces of thousands of beads are all typically sold by their weight in lapis, $41 a pound to those in the know, often no extra charge for workmanship.

Outside, the mouthwatering smell of kebabs grilling over charcoal in long metal trays on the sidewalks wafts along the street, although nowadays it mingles, probably more than ever, with the odor Canada Goose Parka of raw waste running down open sewers.

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buy canada goose jacket cheap When Chicken Street had its greatest boom, in the years right after the American led Canada Goose Jackets invasion in 2001, enterprising developers tore down many of the little two story shops with their corrugated metal awnings and replaced them with multistoried emporiums, homes to dozens of shops each. But they didn’t build new sewers.

“The newly rich came, and destroyed Chicken Street,” Mr. Abdullah said.

That was not what drove Mr. Abdullah to pull up stakes for Turkey. “In the end, children make the decision,” he said. He worried constantly about his own being snatched on the way home from school. “It wasn’t even the bombs so much. Worse than that was the fear of kidnapping.”

Shukrullah canada goose store Ahmadi, a jeweler, learned the hard way about that.

canada goose coats on sale He and his brother Noorullah had just bought an expansive new building on Chicken Street for half a million dollars, complete with a secret covered passageway in the back, leading to a rug and antique furniture shop down the canada goose factory sale street, which they also owned. This way they could run both shops, popping up in whichever one had patrons.

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