Round Star Design Felt Rug from Afghanistan
Afghan rugs, world renowned for their high-quality weave and intricate detail, evoke a powerful image of Afghanistan’s rich history. A tradition dating back thousands of years, the complicated and time-consuming process of rugmaking requires 100% silk and many artisans to complete.
The artisans at Turkmen Women Actives Rights Association Afghanistan (TWARA), a Kabul-based NGO that hires and trains Afghan artisans and refugees living in Pakistan, have found a way to make Afghan rugs accessible to the general public. Working with sheep’s wool purchased at the local market, TWARAs 100% felt rugs aren’t just animal friendly, they’re easier on the pocketbook.
Rugs are created by entire families. Typically, men complete the more labor intensive part of the process, rolling and pressing the rugs in reed mats to ensure their tight weave while women wash, sort and tint the wool, and then sew the edges around the final piece. TWARA employs ten families that work together to weave contemporary decor inspired by ancient history.
- This round rug measures 33″ in diameter
- 100% felt
How to Care For Your Rug
Wool is stain-resistant and non-absorbent by nature, which makes cleaning easy. Just shake, sweep or vacuum your rug free of dirt. If you vacuum, make sure not to use a setting with a beater bar. If your rug requires a deeper cleaning, dampen the affected area with water and then spot clean using a mild non-bleach soap. Rinse the area thoroughly and remove excess water, and then lay the rug flat to dry. Don’t put your new rug in the washing machine!
Handmade in Afghanistan and fair trade imported.