The colours of a handmade carpet, do they matter, what do colours mean, and are there more considerations?

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What do we know about handmade carpet colours? Do they matter? Why some carpets don’t have certain colours? Would you ever buy a handmade carpet online without knowing much about colours, design, patterns and its history?

The luxurious and intricate designs of a handmade carpet may not mean much to you at a first glance. Handmade carpets capture the detailed history and art of some of the world’s most ancient and influential culture. …

Handmade carpets are the real fascination but are they just floor coverings or a piece of art as well?

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Handmade carpets are special not because I am selling them but because they are real art. If you’ve seen any of handmade carpets you’ll know that they have various designs, patterns, colours, symbolism and meaning. This cannot just be a floor covering, can it?

We often consider paintings as great pieces of art but handmade carpets are the real art. A great painting no one can deny the beauty, colours and composition. I studied art. I know all about oil painting…

Travel. Pakistan.

Islamabad, the city of inspiration, the gateway to the highest mountains, mouth watering food and the adventure of your life

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What would be your reasons to go to Pakistan?

Would you even consider Pakistan as a travel-holiday destination?

Does Pakistan ever come to your mind when you think, ‘where should I travel next?’

Before I met my husband, I wanted to go to Pakistan. My friend had been. I quizzed her about it. I was curious. Have you ever been curious about a place? Have you been ‘obsessing’ about a place you wanted to go to, watched all the videos…

How Travelling 16 hours on the Old Silk Road can change you

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“Stones stay still. A learner, never.” — Elif Shafak

Have you ever traveled on the old Silk Road?

This road is significant because it connects the East with the West. This road comes all the way from China via Pakistan and into Europe. It’s an old trade route where all the goods from far places were delivered to “the Romans” or what we call Europe today.

This road is called ‘highway’ but it is far from actually being a highway or as we know it in the West…

The first four hours in Istanbul airport. What was it like?

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I met a beautiful friend from Turkey at a language school. The impression I’ve got when I first met her was; she is fun, friendly always willing to cook good food and share it. It turned out she lived next door to me. It was a stroke of luck!

Her name is Sinem. She used to always invite me for food she’d cook. The dishes she’d come up with would be something out of this world. She spoiled me with her beautiful friendship and incredible cooking.

Ever since I met Sinem, I’ve always wanted to go to Turkey. On my…

A reflection of my time being in Pakistan

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Pakistan itself, from the little I saw, changed me more than any other country I have ever been to. Everything in Pakistan is ten times more; the mountains are higher, the food tastes different (delicious), the people are welcoming, the scarves are the real deal, the roads are massive. The largest bats I have ever seen is in Pakistan. Everything is bigger in Pakistan.

I would describe Pakistan (from the little I saw) as grand simplicity! It’s such a magical place. Everything in Pakistan is real, raw, untouched, and incredible. The beauty of Pakistan is breathtaking and yet, many don’t…

A real-life example of how we all can make the world a better place

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In the Western world, we are so consumed with finding our purpose in life. All the coaches tell us to find your purpose and you’ll live happily ever after! If only that were true.

There’s no happily ever after you find your purpose don’t be fooled.

Besides, that and a much bigger question is how are you helping others by living your purpose? You reached the top of your dreams and how is the world a better place because of it?

I am simply asking a question how are you contributing to the better life in this world for others…

A road trip on the old silk road — Karakoram highway

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Pakistan is the most misunderstood country I know. People know nothing about Pakistan only what media tells them. We all know media doesn’t portray the truth only what’s politically ‘required’. There are people who travel to Pakistan and fall completely in love with the country and its people.

What have I heard about Pakistan from others before I left?

It’s a 99% Muslim country be careful Muslims are dangerous!

They have a few wives be careful!

It’s full of terrorist be careful!

You need a gun when in Pakistan!

These are just a few most memorable ones but I’ve heard…

My experience being in Pakistan

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It’s fascinating most questions I get about Pakistan are more or less are the same. It sparked an idea to write a blog post answering the questions. Pakistan is different to everyone and by no means what my experience is the same for others and vice versa. What I say is only my tiny view of it. I haven’t seen the country properly myself.

I haven’t been to Lahore and Karachi and everything in between. What I have seen is very limited. What I have experienced is very limited too. My frequently asked questions about…

What tourists don’t see

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To build a house or do a house renovation in any country is challenging enough. Try and do that over the phone and then the first thing as soon as we land in Islamabad! Actually, dealing with various demands on the phone was easy compared to what was waiting for my husband and me when we landed in Islamabad!

How did it all start?

I married a Pakistani man. His family is an amazing bunch of people. I come from Lithuania a background one would think incompatible. What seemed different at first the clothes, the food, and how nice people are make total sense now.

Erika Chaudhary

I am a writer who learned to code! I write about personal experiences within a humanist and global context. Find me on Twitter & Instagram @erikachaudhary

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