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Ten Thousand Villages’ annual Fair Trade Rug Event returns April 25-29. During these five days, more than 300 luxurious hand-knotted Bunyaad rugs will be on display and available for purchase at 719 Main St.
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 Bunyaad Director Yousaf Chaman. Bunyaad works with more than 850 families throughout 100 villages in Pakistan.
A seminar, “From Loom To Living Room,” will be held at 7 p.m. at the Evanston store on April 25. The one-hour seminar is ideal for anyone considering a fair trade rug purchase or who would like to learn more about the art of making hand-knotted rugs, rug care and even room design. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
“From a purely retail standpoint, this truly is an event” said store manager Joseph Meyer. “This is a unique opportunity for us to have a huge amount of inventory for our customers to select from. We feel this event is the purest form of Fair Trade. Bunyaad brings these rugs directly from the home looms of fairly paid adult artisans.”
Those wishing to make a reservation or to learn more about the rug event may contact Cheryl Nester-Detweiler at 847-733-8258 or visit rugs.tenthousandvillages.com/event.