One World Shop hosts a Fair Trade Rug Event on May 15-19, 2019, bringing over 300 hand-knotted, heirloom quality rugs from Pakistan to add beauty to your home. The rugs are designed by artisans in patterns ranging from intricate florals to geometric tribals, sized from 2’x3’ to 10’x14’. When you purchase a fair trade rug from One World Shop and our partner Bunyaad, you acquire a beautiful piece of functional art, while supporting lives, culture and education in Pakistan.
Bunyaad is a fair trade rug company that works with over 850 families in 100 villages throughout Pakistan. Working with artisans in their homes, increasing employment opportunities for women and paying a living wage, Bunyaad is helping to change lives for the better. Artisans are paid per knot, making it possible for them to create high quality, high knot count pieces. With consistent, fair pay, adults can work in their villages, and send their children to school. By the time a rug is ready to be shipped, more than 15 people have helped in its creation.
As a means of supporting the families who create the rugs, Bunyaad has supported and built schools in remote villages, providing access to education, especially for girls. For example, in 1977, Bunyaad helped open Girls High School in the village of Darianwala, with 35 students in grades one to five. Today more than 800 girls attend the school which has expanded to grade twelve. Both Muslim and Christian students attend these schools, learning with and about each other, finding commonalities, and helping promote peace.
Explore the beautiful designs of fair trade, hand-knotted rugs and the complex, labor-intensive process used to create them at rugs.tenthousandvillages.com . Then make plans to come to One World Shop at 19321 Detroit Rd., Rocky River on May 15-19 to see them for yourself. Call us at 440-333-7709 to reserve a seat at the From Loom to Room workshop, where you will have a chance to speak with a Bunyaad representative, and ask any questions you have about the rugs. The workshop will be at 6:00 on Thursday, May 16.