I had the pleasure of interviewing Cyrus, Ali´s brother, and Ali a couple of years now. I met his father and mother and saw the way that they laugh as a family together. Today was a fun day for me, but with traveling plans and internet down, we could only talk a couple of minutes. I got to see some very cool rugs, though and did a little window shopping for a cake store couple in Graz, Loana and her husband who are renovating the store with pink and white stripes walls.
"Alright let us see what we can find," he says and we walk around the beautiful 10,000 carpet store to find the perfect size. "It depends on the size that they need and the amount of people that shall be walking on the beautiful carpet. For a doctor's office you need a sturdy carpet and for a elegant couple who don't have dogs, cats or childrne maybe they can purchase the $70,000. Iranian carpet that many people won't be using." he says.
We find some cool carpets that are modern design of light green and white striped and I say that I hope that Loana and her husband purchase that one to compliment the little cake boutique store in Graz.
Okay, moving on to take some pictures of the beauty of these carpets that can take one year for a small section up to 6 years. "It totally depends on the heritage and on the expertise of the person working on the carpet. No, Saudi Arabia doesn't make carpets, they buy the carpets!" We start laughing. "They have oil, they buy the expensive carpets." We start laughing again.
"Turkey and Iran and Afghanistan makes carpets and a little from asia and india. It is very dangerous to personally go into Afghanistan, so they make the carpets and transport these to Turkey, where we do travel to and where we buy the carpets," he says and we start laughing again when I ask if Germany makes carpets. "Germany makes cars, that is what they are good at." he says. "We buy the wool and we give the wool to the weavers...it is all handpicked. The wool that we buy and work with the Iranian weavers if very expensive. Yet if we let them pick they would pick cheap wool. We need to know that each carpet each piece, all about it. We know the weavers in every country that we work with, and we know that almost all of the farmers in Iran farm first, and when they have moments free they weave. For instance a farmer from Iran will weave a carpet and when we receive it, it is one of a kind. If I call that farmer and say, I need an exact same carpet that you sent me, he will say NO! There is only one of a kind. He might decide to weave birds in one carpet and something else in another. They don´t use patterns in Iran, they only weave from heart. I prefer the carpets from Iran. They are special and they are the best in terms of the longevity of the carpet. These are the carpets that last 300 years."
Is it true that the farmers weave in the middle of the night with lights in a big tent and they transport on camels? "I don't think that they transport on camels any longer," he says and we start laughing again. "Now it is a modern age and they transport on cars and trucks. They have 1,000 of years of weaving culture in Iran and my family is from Iran and maybe that is why I personally love these carpets." he says.
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Griesgasse 4, A 5020 Salzburg, Austria
"Is it thin the way that one is? With the softness?" he asks. Yes I say I finally found one that is the way mine is. "Yes these are very expensive and rare. The little one here(the size of a table place setting) is 689.00Euros." Wow and why such expense? "The quality and they last forever. A good carpet lasts 300 years and that is one that you walk on everyday.It is the quality. A square meter on a good carpet takes one year to hand weave. If you have a big carpet it is a 4 year carpet. That is how long it takes to make it. That is why they´re that expensive. http://www.derteppich.com/" "They have been here since 1963...and Cyrus and Ali´s father came to visit a couple of minutes while I am talking to Cyrus. He excused himself to make a call to Persia! Persia! I say, how cool to call Persia, China, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Russia, everyday! Hey, be right back, I going to call Persia!
They have so many beautiful carpets that you either must enter the store yourself or check out the website of every rug on it...Gorgeous! https://www.facebook.com/DerTeppichSalzburg/
Kaigasse 43 5020 Salzburg Austria
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"Yes I had the cooking school which is International the last 4 years and since 1 year I have had the restaurant here named Cook and Wine and the Cooking School in one of the dining rooms that has a folding blind attached where you can cook and dine in the same place.!" says the very friendly and sweet Capo, Gunther, of the Chic Cook and Wine restaurant.
Getreidegasse 41-43, Herbert von Karajanplatz 3+4
"We have a deep cellar of wine of 1,500 bottles in the refrigerator that the groups of 10 people or more can enjoy seeing while they dine. The menu is set and they share, along with different wines, they share plates of degustation. Although I don´t have Michelin and nor do I want Michelin, since the menu would have to change and I specifically asked for a traditional Austrian kitchen, the menu is 4 star."
Here in the little sweet and cozy charming lobby we all sat and had a beer during the interview...I waited 3 days for that beer why? "Happy Hour at the Hotel Hohenstauffen from 5 to 7...2Euro beers..."That is for the last 10 years, however, when I asked Linda tonight, is the beer still 2.00euros at happy hour!? NO! We raised the price to 3.00euros now!" she laughs and I say I shall meet her for a beer at 7.00pm! My favorite room is the parlor which has every imaginable board game to challenge you and start conversations along with competiton! Very cozy , warm and affectionate.
I love the rooms since they are old fashioned and mine has a little canopy at the top, with traditional doors all handcarved wood, plus since it is a bed and breakfast ideally it has that homey feeling to it.
"The girls love Weisse Beer since it is sweet, yet it has gluten in it, tons, and that is why we now have gluten free that is available in over 200 locations in Europe, and now everybody can drink Die Weisse!"
They are absolutely the absolute best in the entire world...LOVED EM...
They bought the restaurant 2 years now from the original owners Juanita and Robert who had been at the helm the last 27 years. Meet Michael and Nicole. http://www.fideleraffe.at/de/ They´re an energetic 30ish team that came to the restaurant 3 years since and fell in love with it. They have relatives that own a Salzburg hotel and inn and they worked there many years and now it is their turn to find something for themselves. +43 662 877361 https://www.facebook.com/fideleraffe/ https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/740013976/
You can´t miss the restaurant with it´s cool Monkey outside. "It is the same as it was 2 years ago when we bought Fidelen Affen, and the same traditiona nd cook since the 27 years that Robert had owned it; however, we added a couple of little details, like we have modern logos and modern social media and a professional photographer who came in and took image photos and brought the traditional restaurant into the modern day." says Micheal when I interviewed him today along with his wife, Nicole.
Nicole walked me to the next door where the Tag 107Tage was prominently displayed. "We named the restaurant here 107 days since that is how long it was opened in the summer, and now it is being renovated to make it a modern restaurant with modern presentation of Austrian cuisine. You won´t find hamburgers here or chicken wings; however, we do want a young restaurant for the younger people to sit amongst colors and new furniture and new textures and feel comfortable to stay and chat with friends. That is the new one open 11.11.2017, we hope!" she says along with her assistant Anna, who does all the social media, such as their new look of instagram and facebook.
+43 66 28 782 58 franz-josef-straße 17a
Meet native Salzburg photographer at MiamMiam the cool young advertising agency and while you´re at it check out his AMAZING photos on his website. He did his master´s PHD type study of BABOONS in AFRICA...yes I know...wait til you meet him. Adorable.
Set in the restaurant that has the year 803 on it...Um wow! Is that cool or what! An abbey with monks practicing today it has the most beautiful architecture imaginable in many hidden rooms...the downstairs one is amazing...and the concerts are wonderful...I saw Don Giovanni and fell in love. Wonderful actors and dinner.
http://www.elefant.at In Salzburg has great Austrian food and an even greater story...hence the Elephants...everywhere in the connecting restaurant and the inn. The blonde manager of the restaurant showed me all around and everywhere there is elephants, "The story is that the King of Austria married a Princess and for her wedding gift he sent a elephant from India. A real one. And such a romanctic story that the Hotel and Restaurant is based totally on the story." The gentleman behind the hotel counter is not so romantic however, "Yes but I heard that the elephant spent the rest of his life in a zoo in Vienna! That it was too cold in Austria for the Elephant and that they had to keep it in a zoo." I say that he is not that good of a story teller and not exactly the best Public Relations person to romanticize the elephant. We laugh. I say that I would of rode the elephant everyday since it is my wedding present and that I would of loved that elephant. "Yes but they´re dangerous" he says! http://www.elefant.at/
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"Ha ha ha English," says the three little ones as they eat the lunches and I try to ask what the hat means...it is a sports team! they say.
Yes I know my first ever Starbucks! o dear! here is Kamil and company they´re both fun and work right near the Central train station at Salzburg...the manager "Chris" says, "It´s Starbucks everybody in the world knows Starbucks. That is why I love it and that is why they come." Enough said! love the triple hot chocolate yum
"Starbucks? It´s expensive I would probably go somewhere else...hey wait a minute is that a triple hot chocolate?" I am staying.