Dog Embroidered Felt Doormat
Afghan rugs, world-renowned for their high-quality weave and intricate detail, evoke a powerful image of Afghanistan's rich history. A tradition dating back thousands of years, the complicated and time-consuming process of rugmaking requires 100% silk and many artisans to complete, in many cases making the resulting price tag too spendy for the average consumer.
Thankfully, the artisans at Turkmen Women Actives Rights Association Afghanistan (TWARA), a Kabul-based NGO that hires and trains Afghan artisans and refugees living in Pakistan, have found a way to make Afghan rugs more accessible to the general public. These skilled artisans work with sheep's wool purchased at the local market, TWARAs 100% felt rugs aren't just animal-friendly, they're easier on the pocketbook.
Entire families create these exquisite rugs. Typically, men complete the more labor-intensive part of the process, rolling and pressing the carpets in reed mats to ensure their tight weave while women wash, sort and tint the wool, and then sew the edges around the final piece. TWARA employs ten families that work together to weave contemporary decor inspired by ancient history.
- White 'Dog' doormat is embroidered with the outline of a black dog
- This doormat measures 21" x 28" with black, white and red clover designs
- 100% felt
How to Care For Your Rug
Wool is stain-resistant and non-absorbent by nature, which makes cleaning easy. Just shake, sweep or vacuum your rug free of dirt. If you vacuum, make sure not to use a setting with a beater bar. Should your doormat require deeper cleaning, dampen the affected area with water and then spot clean using a mild non-bleach soap. Rinse the area thoroughly and remove excess water, and then lay the rug flat to dry. Don’t put your new rug in the washing machine!