My dearest Hanife, I wait for news from America with

eagerness.  Whenever one of your letters arrives, people will congregate

in my carpet shop.  I read your letters to everyone.  

The dull faces lighten up and one wish is expressed:

“Oh, that we could go to America!” Yesterday I sold

an expensive kilim.  It was a good day.   You know,

I’ve thought about this.  People like music because it’s just

sounds put together in a way that has the power 

to move us.  The same is true with carpets.  There’s

a harmony, when it really works, that is really beautiful!

Uncle Fazil


Paraphrases from the article “The Rug Missionary” by Michael Specter and Liberty Writings by Hermann Kiefer.