Den Cralle and his father, Dickie, recently completed another whirlwind buying trip to India. The father-son duo spent their time visiting familiar buyers, examining handcrafted rugs and furniture, and soaking up the vibrant energy of India. After flying in to New Delhi, the Cralles ventured out to the holy city of Varanasi. Varanasi offers the only overnight accommodations available near the outlying village of Bhadohi where the majority of the rugs are made.
The pair also journeyed via train to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Jodhpur and Jaipur were reached by plane. As with every Green Front trip, whether flying, riding or rickshaw-ing, much is accomplished in a very short period of time — a week and a half to be exact. With an eye on current rug trends, Den and Dickie covered miles of ground to select the most unique imported rugs available at Green Front. Despite the brisk pace, trips like this also afford an opportunity to inspect the intricate rug production process firsthand.
This particular trip also featured furniture buying from Latiyal Handicrafts and Sun City, two of Green Front’s largest suppliers of Indian furniture and antiques. Their Latiyal visit also included a tour of the company’s state-of-the-art production facility. The treasures discovered on this trip will be showing up on Green Front’s showroom floors in the coming months. Many of these beautiful, stylish pieces are one-of-a-kind and will go quickly, so be sure to come take a look before they disappear forever.
Rugs in Bhadohi are washed thoroughly after they are woven and sheared. Like every step of the process, it is done by hand. Large wooden paddles push water off and through the dense fibers of the rug.