NEW YORK—A whole bunch of handknotted rugs made in Afghanistan – in inventory and able to ship – shall be proven in a particular occasion later this month, the Afghan Artisan Rug Pop-up.
Held on the Metropolitan Pavilion right here from Could 28-31, the handknotted rugs will characteristic a variety of designs, from the standard to the ultra-contemporary, and all are constituted of handspun wool utilizing pure dyes. Organized by Kabul Carpet Export Heart (KCEC), the occasion will abide by strict COVID-19 protocols and supply shall be out there for a payment.
Woven principally by girls weavers, the sale will characteristic greater than 1,000 Kazaks and Tremendous Kazaks, in addition to many Gabbehs, Khorjins and Chobis and up to date designs. The discounted costs for space rugs will vary from $1,500 for a 6×9 rug to $2,250 for an 8×15 one. Smaller throw rugs will begin at costs as little as $195 for a 3×5 measurement.
Highlights embrace The Rumi Assortment by designer/weaver Faheema Eissar in its first U.S displaying. The collection of 9 handknotted rugs will characteristic calligraphic representations of verses impressed by Rumi, the thirteenth century Afghan-born mystic.
Moreover carpets, different distinctive Afghan artisan items shall be bought on the occasion, together with up to date clothes utilizing Afghan silks from Zarif Design, handmade jewellery utilizing Afghan stones from Veezha – each women-owned companies – and Ziba Meals, an exporter of heirloom and wild-grown superfoods.
Afghanistan is lengthy identified for its rug trade, and every rug producer depends on a whole bunch of weavers who typically are a part of their prolonged households, a launch stated. Most rugs are woven by girls of their properties, one of many few methods girls have of incomes earnings. The knotting methods used range from one ethnic group to a different and have been handed down throughout generations.
Almost all of the uncooked supplies for dyes utilized in Afghan rugs are pure; most are sourced domestically, the discharge stated. They embrace onion skins, used to create golden, earthy colours, walnut husks for wealthy browns and madder root for deep reds.
KCEC has labored all through the coronavirus pandemic to maintain carpets flowing out of Afghanistan to fulfill client demand for rugs and different residence furnishings in addition to generate earnings for the carpet makers, a launch stated.
KCEC is a associate in Label STEP, a fair-trade nonprofit dedicated to the wellbeing of weavers and staff within the handmade carpet trade. KCEC and its gross sales occasions are made doable by the assist from the USA Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID).
The occasion was final held in individual in 2019.