Fair & Square Imports, a fair trade shop in downtown McKinney, is hosting a Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event March 19-22 that aims to change the way rugs are made and sold, featuring rugs that provide opportunity and security directly to adult artisans.
Each of these amazing rugs accomplishes a lot of good. Through the artisan group “Bunyaad,” every rug purchase supports education, adult literacy, housing and more for over 850 families in dozens of villages throughout Pakistan.
Because of Bunyaad’s Rug Program, several schools have been built to reach students in remote areas of Pakistan. These children now have dreams of becoming teachers, doctors and other professionals. Working with Bunyaad gives their mothers and fathers an avenue for true social change for themselves, their family and their entire community.
“Our artisans always know they have a job that pays them a living wage, a wage that allows them to send their kids to school, eat proper food and plan for the future,” said Yousaf Chaman, Bunyaad rug program director.
On Thursday, March 19 at 6 pm, Fair & Square Imports will be hosting a Chocolate & Wine Evening Rug Preview where individuals can learn about how Oriental rugs are made and how fair trade makes a difference both in in artisans’ lives and Oriental rug quality.
“Fair trade allows artisans to take the time they need for quality and durability,” said Fair & Square Imports owner Kate Jones. “A fine hand-knotted Oriental rug can take many months to make, with some taking over a half a year to complete. The end result is an exquisite yet functional art piece for your floor that will last for generations.”
Individuals can select from hundreds of hand-knotted Oriental rugs in several different sizes, colors & designs including Tribal, Bokhara and Persian rugs from 2’x3’ to 10‘x14’ and runners. Each rug is made of 100% wool or silk knots, most with considerably high knot counts.
The Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event will be held at Fair & Square Imports, located at 219 E. Louisiana St. in Downtown McKinney, March 19-22: Thursday 10–9, Friday 10–7, Saturday 10–7, and Sunday 10–6.
Visit www.fairandsquareimports.com/oriental-rug-event to learn more.