I just blazed through the New York Times article, "Laura Tames the Ranch," which highlights Laura Bush's return to the Crawford, TX, ranch she and George Bush own. In the article, she notes that her favorite rug is "The one I bought through Arzu, a company that an American woman started for Afghan women, to help them find employment." The company's mission is admirable indeed, advocating for female equality, fair labor, slow design, and sustainability . This year, the company was also awarded the top gold prize in the Edison Awards in the Lifestyle and Social Impact category.
The company's rugs are absolutely lovely, handcrafted by Afghan women artisans whose stories are highlighted on the website. There are dozens of beautiful designs to choose from, but for a rug similar to the one Laura Bush loves, try the Classic or Tribal Heirloom collection. I'm particularly capitvated by the Silence rug.
Arzu also partners with designers to create signature series rugs, and one of the designs currently available was created by one of my favorite architects. Want to see who it is? Keep reading to find out.
Pritzer Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid has partnered with Arzu Studio Hope to create one-of-a-kind rug designs. The spiraling lines in Hadid's rugs remind me of architectural models as well as suspension bridges, and I would love to see this rug in my home. Find out more about ordering this stunning rug here.
Have you ever heard of Arzu? Have you ordered from a company that benefits artists or artisans in wartorn or developing countries?