Four of five years ago I thought of buying a carpet from there but they were so pushy that I decided to retreat. They pretended they would close down within a couple of weeks. Those sales techniques should be illegal (like in France). I noticed the same thing with the Scottish clothes shops in Oxford/Regent street. Foreover abusing the gullible tourists and passers-by.
Even at 20% of the 'original price' the wares are not exactly a bargain!
The '80% off' offer, in one guise or another, has beeen going on for as long as I can recall ( probably since the store opened! ).
I dare say Trading Standards would have something to say on the matter were they to receive a complaint. I recall some kind of disclaimer that shops have to use along the lines of, and usually in tiny print: 'prices as advertised at at least one of our outlets in the last 56 days'? Naughty behaviour and possibly illegal?
Phoney, I've got the bit between my teeth now: It appears this 'sales technique' is in fact illegal and very much falls foul of section 20 of part III of the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
I shall pop into Mayfair when next passing and attempt to purchase a rug at 80% off their previously advertised price of the last few years i.e. 80% off the very original price. I make that 96% off in total. A bargain! I will duly report back on the success or otherwise of grabbing a '£360' 'hand-woven wool' rug for £14.40....
If you are successful get 2 and I'll give you double what you paid.
I'm sure they'll say it's only on 'selected' rugs and they have sold out or the marked price already reflects the 80% discount.
The problem with Persian or Iranian rugs is unless you're an expert there's no way Joe Bloogs would know the genuine article.
I'm sure there must be a Tuareg resident somewhere in SE1.!