Anyone who appreciates carpets should visit this Tibetan refugee cooperative, where Nepal’s enormous carpet industry was essentially born in 1960. You can watch the carpet-makers at work (the centre employs 1000 refugees) before shopping upstairs for the finished article. The quality is high, there is a good selection, the prices are transparent and staff can arrange shipping.
Carpet quality depends on knots per inch and the price is worked out per sq metre. A 60-/100-knot carpet made with Tibetan wool costs around US$120/260 per sq metre. The size of a traditional Tibetan carpet is 1.8m by 90cm, so around US$420. They also sell fixed-price cashmere and yak-hair shawls. Credit cards are accepted for a 4% fee.