Going to the Source: Peru

On a recent trip, Salvo and his wife, Leslie, visited the Andean highlands of Peru. While Lima was home to a bustling trade show, some of the best pieces the couple uncovered were found in a small village near Cuzco.

But all was not smooth sailing. One day while traveling with a local driver, their car broke down.  Surrounded only by lush grasslands, grazing alpacas and the snowcapped Andes, it seemed likely they would be stuck a while. Save for the odd native passerby, not a soul appeared providing assistance.

When the engine finally started humming again, they headed for the nearest sign of human life. Soon they stumbled upon a tiny hamlet and some of the most exquisite rugs and textiles encountered the entire trip.

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