Salt Bay Trading Oriental Rugs & Violins will host their annual Hazara Open House & 20 % off Sale on Early Bird Saturday, November 5 . Snowshoe naan, chai, lamb stew and other traditional afghani foods will be available for sampling. The store will open for early bird shoppers at 7 AM on Route 1, Newcastle across from Mexicali Blues.
Recognizing that the purchase of a rug, whether a small area rug or a room-size carpet, requires time and careful consideration, Early Bird Sale Prices of 20 % off all rugs and carpets will be honored for two weeks from Thursday, October 27 through Saturday November 12.
Salt Bay Trading hosts an annual Hazara Open House to bring attention to the plight of the Hazara people who weave many of the rugs carried in the store. Hazara rugs feature hand spun wool and plant dyes and are considered among the finest examples of new traditionally woven rugs in central Asia.
The Hazara are the indigenous people of Afghanistan thought to be descendants of 13th century mongol warriors and the historic guardians of the Buddhas of Bamiyan, ancient statues of the Buddha and reminders of the Buddhist civilization that thrived in central Afghanistan 2000 years ago. The buddhist statues were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001 as part of a campaign to irradicate the heritage of the Hazara.
Historically, the Hazara have endured centuries of prejudice and extreme suffering under various rulers of Afghanistan. In the 1990s the Taliban ruthlessly destroyed Hazara villages and institutions causing a mass exodus to refugee camps on the Pakistan border. Hundreds of thousands of Hazara returned to Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban. Recent political unrest in Afghanistan once again affects the Hazara, making the production of rugs and daily existence difficult. At the same time, the Taliban in Pakistan regularly targets Hazara villagers making life precarious there.
During this fall sale (Oct.27-Nov.12) a portion of all proceeds will be donated to Barakatworld.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting schools and other educational opportunities in rug-weaving communities. Barakat supports more than 22 home-based literacy programs for young women in Afghanistan.