Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston, 719 Main St., will host a fair-trade Oriental rug event from Sept. 11 to 19. The event will feature hand-knotted Oriental rugs from Pakistan made by fairly paid adults, said Doug Horst, Ten Thousand Villages store manager.

“When you purchase a rug through Ten Thousand Villages, you not only acquire a beautiful piece of functional art, you also support lives, culture and education in Pakistan,” Mr. Horst said.

“We’re inviting the greater Chicago community to view and purchase beautiful, handmade rugs available in a variety of sizes and colors, but only during this limited engagement.”

Area residents are invited to attend an “Introduction to Oriental Rugs Seminar” at 7 p.m. on either Sept. 11 or Sept. 16. This seminar will offer a broad overview of this artistic tradition and is ideal for anyone considering an Oriental rug purchase. Guests will learn first-hand about the ancient art of Oriental rug creation – from setting up the warp to tying the fringes. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged and may be made by contacting Ten Thousand Villages at 847-733-8258.

Ten Thousand Villages rugs are designed and crafted by an artisan group in Pakistan known as Bunyaad (formerly JAKCISS Oriental Rugs). Bunyaad, which means “foundation” in Urdu, works to create strong community-supporting foundations in the villages of Pakistan by paying a fair wage to its more than 850 artisan families, according to a press release from Ten Thousand Villages.

“Ten Thousand Villages believes in a global economy that is sustainable and fair to everyone involved. This means providing well-made, quality products for customers and a fair, livable income for artisans,” said Mr. Horst.

For more information call, 847-733-8258, or go to rugs.tenthousandvillages.com.