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While mega-chains like Crate & Barrel and Pier 1 dominate the home-decorating market with promises of one-stop shopping, Pomegranate Looms keeps a refreshingly narrow focus: Middle Eastern textiles. Before opening this cozy space on Atlantic Avenue (strategically straddling Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights), owner Kathleen Goward worked on Wall Street as a vice president at Goldman Sachs in computer technology. A trip to Turkey in 2002 deepened her existing passion for textiles, and just two years later, Pomegranate Looms was born. The interior resembles a Turkish carpet store, with rows of colorful, folded and stacked carpets, kilims, and wall hangings from Turkey, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and various nomadic tribes. Goward finds many of the designs during her annual carpet-buying expedition to Istanbul; the rest come from two dealers based in the Turkish metropolis — one who collects in Istanbul proper and the other who buys from the outlying villages. And the discerning shopper will delight in the small collection of fair-trade products from developing countries; at any given time, one might find “tree of life” wall hangings made in Haiti from old oil drums, hand-woven cotton tablecloths from Ethiopia, ceramics from Vietnam, or beautiful baskets from Uganda, Zambia, and Rwanda.