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Fair Trade Rugs at Ten Thousand Villages

“There are a lot of places to buy rugs around Chicago, but this weekend the place to go for one is Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston (719 Main St., 847-733-8258).”

There are a lot of places to buy rugs around Chicago, but this weekend the place to go for one is Ten Thousand Villages in Evanston (719 Main St., 847-733-8258). Through Sunday, the store is teaming up with the rug company Bunyaad to host a special fair trade Oriental rug event. You’ll find more than 300 hand-knotted rugs, such as the one shown here, that begin at 512 knots per square inch and go up to 800 knots per square inch. To make the rugs, Bunyaad works with more than 850 families in Pakistan, paying the workers a fair wage and increasing employment opportunities for women.

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