BPC guest blogger, Barbara, shares one of her fabulous finds from The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park.
This makes the third year that one of my favorite vendors, Shujaat Kemma of Kashmir Moon, has had a store at The Holiday Shops. I continually get compliments on the hand-woven, beaded shawl that I bought from him last year.
The shop sells hand-embroidered, one of a kind jackets and shawls, hand-knotted silk and wool rugs with cotton backing, and bed spreads, all handmade in Kashmir.
He told me that the craft of weaving knotted Persian carpet reached India and Kashmir during the 13th -14th century, and was treated as a royal craft. Rugs are woven flat without pile and are entirely covered with embroidered patterns of colored yarns. "By-and-large," he said, "the color schemes are considered subtler than their Persian or Turkish counterparts."
Kashmir Moon also has a beautiful showroom of fine oriental carpets, hand-embroidered jackets, shawls, and bed spreads, located on the 8th floor of 1150 Avenue of the Americas.
Booth L01 on the Upper Terrace (map)
The Holiday Shops at Bryant ParkOfficial hours*
Monday – Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
*Look for special extended hours as Christmas approaches. Some shops may be open on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.