Arzu Studio Hope has partnered with six world-renowned architects to launch its new Masters Collection featuring 10 modern rugs hand-knotted by women in Afghanistan. Architects Michael Graves, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Robert A.M. Stern, Margaret McCurry and Stanley Tigerman have donated their designs and work to this not-for-profit organization, which empowers Afghan women by providing fair labor and promoting access to education and health care. Since its inception in 2004 when it employed 30 carpet weavers, the group has created more than 700 private sector jobs.
Made of 100 percent hand-dyed sheep’s wool, the rugs in the Masters Collection are available in a range of colors and sizes. Motifs range from Frank Gehry’s large, vibrant puzzle pieces to Stanley Tigerman’s bold tribal prints. The custom, limited-edition rugs are available for order directly through Arzu Studio Hope; net proceeds benefit Afghan women through fair wages and social benefits. arzustudiohope.org