Fair Trade Rugs in Old Town this Weekend!
September 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
Hi everyone! Hope you are having a great week! I wanted to share a fun event that is happening this weekend in Old Town Alexandria at Ten Thousand Villages (TTV): from the 12-15th they are holding their annual rug event where hundreds of Bunyaad rugs will be on display and for sale. The Bunyaad is an artisan group in Pakistan made up of over 850 families and about 100 villages where the workers are all paid a fair, living wage. They are also paid per knot rather than per rug so it lends itself to a higher quality product, according to TTV. “It’s a win-win situation” says Kathleen McMahon, store manager. “Artisans in Pakistan earn a living wage and North American consumers get an excellent quality rug with an excellent mission behind it. Home decorating was never more meaningful!”
TTV held a class on Thursday night, a Rugs 101 they call it, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend. I’ve never purchased an Oriental rug myself but think they are beautiful and maybe one day when I live in a bigger house rather than a small one-bedroom apartment I will be able to get one! If you missed the class like me but are interested in learning about Oriental rug making, decorating tips, quality, different designs, and care instructions, check out some of the other stops this rug tour will be making here. Who knows, maybe they will be coming to a TTV near you (I did see a few stops in PA and NY)!
As always, thanks for reading the blog! I hope you get to check out some beautiful, handmade rugs this weekend! XOXO