The seller of carpets possessed a greater fund of humour

TCD MS 10515 folio 121 recto

TCD MS 10515 folio 121 recto

Persia; some from Njed; others from more remote Arabian towns. We admired them, polished up their colours, shook them to see the glint of light and shade, pinched them, folded them, counted their stitches, marked those strange errors in their harmony of colour which proclaim them genuine: a patch of blue suddenly appearing where, in the rest of the pattern, the corresponding patch was green; a black replacing a brown; a red substituting a yellow. A crowd had collected to listen to our bargains and each one of them had his say. Fortunately the seller of carpets possessed a greater fund of humour than the majority of his brother muslims. Would he not call his pounds, rupees; or would he not feel assured that his