The community is invited to an event on Thursday, April 24 at 4:00 p.m. to learn about the successes and the continuing needs of the women and children of Afghanistan. The gathering is free to attend and will be held at Fine Rugs of Charleston, located at 1523 Meeting Street. Guests will enjoy music and a casual reception followed by a presentation. Light refreshments will be provided by Fork Gourmet Catering.
In my last post I told you about a special event at Fine Rugs of Charleston that will be held on April 24, 2014 to benefit the women of Afghanistan. Connie Duckworth, Founder of Arzu Studio Hope will be here to introduce a new collection of carpets designed by legendary architects. These spectacular rugs will support Arzu’s mission to provide education and health care and improved living conditions to the women and children of Afghanistan.
Another good friend, Roz Rustigian, will also join us on April 24th to make a presentation on a campaign that she believes in very much, the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women.
I have written about my belief in the people of Afghanistan, especially those who are part of the rug trade. The business I know so well touches the lives of almost 20% of the Afghan people and the majority of them are women. It’s an unavoidable reality—the future of Afghanistan depends on the success of sectors of the economy that don’t depend on military action or international aid. Rugs is one of those sectors. In fact, in terms of exports, it is the largest contributor to Afghanistan’s trade balance. Rugs are definitely part of any formula for success in the country’s future.
Please save the date for the evening of April 24, 2014. Fine Rugs will host an evening to benefit the young women of Afghanistan. You’ll also get a chance to meet and hear from three good friends of mine.
In my last post, I shared an email exchange with an American solider stationed in Afghanistan. Through our online conversation and viewing some photos, I was able to help him select and purchase a Khoja Roshnai rug. Recently I had the honor of helping another soldier identify a rug he’d just bought. We swapped emails and then I was able to meet him and see the rug in person. He was happy to confirm what he’d suspected—he’d chosen a rare and valuable Khoja Roshnai.
Afghanistan has developed a strong reputation and public image as a source of high-quality handmade carpets in a diverse and varied range of styles. But, for many people one carpet comes to mind on which that reputation and background of Afghan carpets was established centuries ago.