I was introduced to Ikhtiyor by Tim Buckley, another Peace
Corps Volunteer. Ikhtiyor took the time to show me every rug in his
store as I pointed to one and then the other. He asked me to pick the
ones I liked best and then laid them out on the ground outside so I
could truly see the colors and patterns. I was planning to pick out
one but ended up picking three rugs that "I could just not do without".
I didn't have the funds at the time to purchase them nor the ability
to take them without paying, as Ikhtiyor suggested. So he actually stored
them for me for three months before I could get back to finalize the
purchase. He had put them away and then assisted me in getting them
shipped to the States for about 1/2 the price of DHL. They arrived in
the States in 3 weeks. He also provided me tea and cookies and a visit
to his home where his family makes beautiful silk rugs.
Ikhtiyor has a great selection of different types of rugs and was very
patient and kind in dealing with me. My next purchase will also be from
him. I recommend him highly.
American Peace Corps Volunteer
Xorezm Region of Uzbekistan
"Since meeting Ikhtiyor and his family in 1996 his
family and shop have become our supply of fine Persian rugs. Honest,
charming and eager to serve, the Kenjaev family are wonderful hosts
with an eye to detail. For a few years I worked in the tourism industry
and all who bought from Ikhtiyor left happy, knowing that they had made
a 'good' purchase, where they had received a great price for a great
carpet. I myself have ordered a silk rug that his family is currently
weaving. It is always a pleasure to drink tea and look at carpets with
Ikhtiyor in his 400 year old caravan-saray. You can buy a carpet in
the west at any shop, but there is nothing like buying a carpet from
the heart of Central Asia in an authentic setting from a real Bukharan
"Ikhtiyor has the best selection of high-quality
carpets in Bukhara. Time and again, I enjoyed tea and conversation in
his charming shop in the heart of the old town. He always has a large
selection of rich-hued, handmade rugs from throughout Central Asia.
I wish I could have carried more of these heirlooms home"!
We bought four carpets from Ikhtiyor and love each one.
We chose from a large variety of ancient styles, beautiful designs,
and rich colors. All carpets are relatively inexpensive and in great
condition. When we got the carets appraised in the United States, we
found their worth to double and even triple from what we paid. Our seller
was very polite and did not try and pressure us into buying anything
we didn t want. He spent many hours with us and made us feel comfortable
about our decisions. Great experience; would gladly do business with
I've purchased 2 (Holmamat) carpets from Ikhtiyor, and
plan on buying more! I gave each as gifts and the recipients were very
impressed. Ikhtiyor has been wonderful to work with -- earnest and soft-sell.
He gave me a tour of his home in Bukhara, where his family weaves amazing,
soft, intricate silk rugs in their living room. Ikhtiyor has been great
to work with, and I trust the authenticity of his products as well as
Peace Corps USA