The Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event returns to Plowsharing Crafts in the Delmar Loop on March 29 through April 2. For 5 days only, more than 300 high quality hand-knotted Pakistani rugs will be on display and available for purchase at this annual event. From intricate florals to hand-spun natural dye wool tribals, every rug has been designed and hand-knotted by highly skilled and 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, the Director of Bunyaad, the fair trade organization that imports the rugs. Bunyaad works with over 850 families throughout 100 villages in Pakistan.

An Introduction to Oriental Rugs seminar will be held at the U. City store on Thursday, March 30th at 7 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 Rich Howard-Willms, 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!”

For more information or to make a reservation for about the Ten Thousand Villages Oriental Rug Event, please contact Rich Howard-Willms at 314-863-3723 or visit V

Via Press Release