This was a really authentic experience, we were given tea, talked about the processes in garment production, talked about Kashmir, and most importantly planted the seed for a relationship. These carpets are silk and done on a hand loom, some carpets taking as long as 3 or 4 years to make! I'm not an expert but I will say that I would take any one of these pieces over any mass produced good coming out of China. It is their family business, their livelihood, their craft, simply their heart and soul. I like the idea of being a customer of the heart, it lends itself to the human side of business.