Beyond the absolutely stunning collections and astounding craftsmanship, Arzu Rugs has a mission: Arzu, meaning hope in Dari, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides sustainable income to Afghan women by sourcing and selling the rugs they weave. Arzu helps weavers and their families break the cycle of poverty by providing them above market compensation and access to education and health care. An Arzu rug is an investment in hope.
A huge investment with a big return, the prices on these are high (the larger pieces moving into the multi-thousands), matching the quality and cause.
The rugs are created with hand-carded, handspun wool from Ghazni in central Afghanistan using cotton or wool as the foundation. Arzu uses natural dyes, and avoids chemical dyes that are harmful to the environment and produce less vibrant colors. The rich hues in Arzu rugs are derived from natural plants and fruits, such as madder root for red, pomegranate for yellow and walnut for beige.
Arzu rugs are available at Minasian Rug Company in Evanston.