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When you think there could not be room for another shop or carpet seller in Bukhara, or another little girl selling her wares outside a mosque - remember that trade has been the lifeblood of this city for centuries. Sitting fair and square at the crossroads of the great trading routs of the Silk Road, caravans from every city from China to Constantinople passed through here and while the scholars in their madrassas bent their heads over their texts, others in the city were wheeling and dealing from dawn till dusk and the city's khans were always full with the caravans of traders laden with goods from all points of the compass.
Just as they are today, the bazaars and arcades to the north-west of the Lyab-i Khauz were stuffed with goods for sale. Only 3 trading domes remain of the dozens that once were here. Then each was dedicated to one particular trade - nowadays they are all much the same with an assortment of goods aimed at the tourist trade - suzanis (embroidered wall hangings), carpets, jewellery, silk scarves, etc. Replacing the markets that have gone, medressas and khans throughout the Old City have become today's bazaars, suzanis are pegged on washing lines under shady trees and carpets hang outside doorways everywhere.
'Huh!' said a woman in Khiva. 'Bukhara - it's a supermarket!' and I suppose it is, of a sort. It's much more fun shopping here though than in any supermarket at home.
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