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February 17, 2013

Fair Trade Rugs are coming to Pella

Pella — The always popular Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event returns to Pella March 6-9 thanks to The Work of Our Hands store. For 4 days only, more than 300 high quality hand-knotted Bunyaad rugs will be on display and available for purchase at this unique annual event held at the Pella Opera House Theatre Center, 611 Franklin Street, Pella.

From intricate florals to hand-spun natural dye wool tribals, every Bunyaad rug has been designed and hand-knotted by highly-skilled, 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 over 850 families throughout 100 villages in Pakistan.

An Introduction to Oriental Rugs seminar will be held at the Pella Opera House Theater Center on Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. The one-hour seminar is ideal for anyone considering an Oriental rug purchase or who would like to learn more about the art of Oriental rug making, rug care and even room design. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

"It's a win-win situation" said Cheryl Newendorp, 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 beautiful!"

Rug designer Zahid Rafique grew up watching his father make rugs for Bunyaad. He is now apprenticing as a rug designer.

Bunyaad works with over 850 families in Pakistan. This is an example of one such family… not just two adults and their kids, but the entire family benefits from their work with Bunyaad.

Sisters Mahwish and Imtiaz work together on the loom in their village home in Fateh Toor More, Pakistan.

Knotting over 1100 knots per inch, Mohammad Ashfaq  is pleased that his rug knotting skills can earn him such an adequate wage while still living in his remote village of Chistian, Pakistan.

To make a reservation or for more information about The Work of Our Hands Oriental Rug Event, please contact Cheryl Newendorp at 641-628-8687 or 641-780-2504 or visit rugs.tenthousandvillages.com/pella_rugevent.

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