The Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event returns to the Evanston Ten Thousand Villages store on September 12-16. For five days only, more than 300 luxurious hand-knotted Bunyaad rugs will be on display and available for purchase at this annual event.

From intricate florals to hand-spun natural-dye wool tribals, every Bunyaad rug has been designed and hand-knotted by highly skilled and fairly paid adults. 

“When artisans know they are paid for every knot they tie, they are empowered to focus on the fine details of intricate rugs that will last for generations,” says Yousaf Chaman, Bunyaad director. Bunyaad works with more than 850 families in 100 villages in Pakistan. 

“It’s a win-win situation” said Doug Horst, store manager. “Artisans in Pakistan earn a living wage, and North American consumers get an excellent quality rug with an excellent mission behind it.”

More information about this event is available by calling Mr. Horst at 847-733-8258 or visiting