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