National Geographic : 1919 Jul
CARAVAN OF HIDES AND KARAKUL SKINS ARRIVING AT MARKET: BOKHARA All camel trails in the Emirate of Bokhara, like the roads to Rome, lead to the market place in Bokhara City, where furs are bartered for shoes, camel trappings for green tobacco, and rugs, whose beauty is destined to grace the home of wealth, for gaudy bead necklaces. The market-place at Bokhara is one of a vast chain of world stores where the native product is bartered for the exotic novelty-one link in the bond that is fast binding the peoples of the world through taste for a universal bill of fare. HIDE AND KARAKUL SKIN BAZAAR The same hot sun of the desert that acts as a mordant for the lovely dyes of the rug weaver serves to perfect the pelts that are shipped from Bokhara to all parts of the world. From here the pelts were formerly shipped to the great fall fair at Nizhni Novgorod, on the upper Volga, but more and more the buyers are dealing with the producers in Turkestan itself. Priceless treasures piled in dusty squares and almost ignored by those who depend upon their sale for livelihood-that is one's fleeting impression of a Bokhara market.