3 Tips for Choosing Window Treatments

Like rugs and accessories, window treatments are an important design element. They can add subtle hints of color to a room, create privacy, and frame an already beautiful view. Here are some fresh ideas:

1.     Choose the Material

Depending on the look you want, you can choose different materials for your blinds and shades: wood, metal, and plastic, to name a few. Wood and organic materials create a more traditional and natural ambiance, while metal can modernize your space.

For curtains, the fabric can make or break a room. Designers often opt for simplicity of design but elegance of fabric. If you’re leaning toward a luxurious style, for instance, imagine beaded tassels and lavish embellishments on every element of the window. If your tastes are simpler, cotton is a perfect go-to fabric that is sure to please.

2.     Pick the Right Hardware For Curtains

With the trend toward “green” environments, naturally made hardware is making its return. Bamboo, wood and natural materials are now replacing sparkly and man-made hardware because people are opting for sustainable products. Handcrafted hardware can be the perfect complement to beautiful fabric and room accessories. If wood hardware isn’t for you, metal drapery hardware can look equally stunning when paired with compatible colors.

3.     Optimize Natural Light 

Bamboo shades are great for letting in dispersed light and maintaining privacy.  Soft, lightweight fabrics that do not completely block out natural light are are also a fine choice for curtains and can be fun to mix up with different patterns. Whites with delicate patterns, yellows, and light blues are always welcome in rooms that may need a little extra brightness.

Now you can create beautiful window treatments with more confidence!

Introducing ARZU: Making a Difference for Afghan Women

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ARZU means “hope.”

ARZU, which means “hope” in Dari, is an innovative model of social entrepreneurship. It helps Afghan women weavers and their families break the cycle of poverty by providing them steady income and access to education, healthcare, and sustainable community development.

ARZU weavers earn 68% more than the average Afghan.

 “I used to think women could not make money. Now my wife makes more than I do.”– Mohammad Amir, husband of an ARZU weaver

The statistics speak for themselves:

  • 55% of ARZU weavers own their own home.
  • 70% own cellphones.
  • 100% of are literate when 90% of rural Afghan women are not.
  • 20% of ARZU families have at least one child in University.

“Before ARZU came, my daughters had no plan for their future. Now they talk about the future, they talk about their school and their life is colorful, not white and black.”– Sayed Nabi, husband of an ARZU weaver

The organization’s successes illustrate new potential for development programs that abandon conventional practices of foreign aid in favor of adopting entrepreneurial approaches to development.

Dover Rug Has Partnered with ARZU Rug Studio

On April 19th, we launched a new partnership with ARZU at our Natick store. The event was a great success.

Connie Duckworth, CEO and Founder of ARZU Rug Studio

Connie Duckworth, CEO and Founder of ARZU Rug Studio

Our keynote speaker, Connie Duckworth, founder and CEO of ARZU Rug Studio, shared the challenges that we face in making a difference in the lives of Afghan women and children.

ARZU Rugs Now in Our Collection

We’re proud to have added ARZU’s beautiful line of high-end artisan, handmade, fair-trade rugs to our collection. Here are some examples of their exquisite work.

Merge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ChaRITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desert Sand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope

 

 

 

Please visit our website to see the full collection. Or better yet, see them in person at our Natick, Boston, and Burlington stores.