We are pleased to carry rugs which benefit the non-profit organization Barakat. Barakat, which takes its name from the Arabic word for blessing, was founded in 1999 by Chris Walter and Habibulllah Karimi. The goal was to create educational opportunities for children in the rug weaving communities. Initially, this meant building and staffing schools and allowing the children to attend classes for free. Today Barakat continues to support the schools as well as taking on new projects such as providing physical exams for children who may have never been seen by a doctor before. Barakat is a registered non -profit organization.
Currently, Barakat supports seven schools, 22 literary programs for girls and several other education programs. A girls’ scholarship program is being established in Afghanistan to encourage girls to pursue secondary education. More projects will follow. Schools have been built in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. Click here to read Barakat’s mission statement.
The rugs that are woven in these communities and that benefit Barakat are truly stunning and unique works of art. Woven with all natural dyes and handspun wool, these rugs are amongst the finest that we carry.
Here are just a couple of the rugs we carry that are woven in cooperation and support of Barakat:
Stop by the store to see more of these exceptional rugs in person!