The World Weavers Project is a long-term program partnership with Minasian Rug Company in Evanston; World Weavers artist residency programs combine the study of world cultures with the study of visual arts and textile design, inviting Chicago Public School students to discover the magic of rugmaking. Every year, winning student rug designs are woven into reality by women in Afghanistan through ARZU Studio Hope. Learn more and visit our World Weavers Virtual Gallery here!

There are six student-designed, custom-made rugs currently available for purchase directly from the Minasian Rug Company. The rugs are created out of ARZU Studio Hope, a social enterprise that seeks to empower Afghan women through artisan-based employment. Each ARZU rug for sale is roughly 4 ft x 6 ft, and also has a twin rug that is displayed in program partner schools Stone Academy and McCutcheon Elementary (both in Chicago).

100% of student-designed rug sales go to Urban Gateways in support of our mission to engage young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change. If you would like to see the rugs for sale up close and in person, you can contact the Minasian Rug Company at 847-492-1800 to schedule an appointment. All rugs below are priced at $3,000.

If you’d like to purchase a rug, please contact Sherre Cullen at 312-445-2760 or [email protected]! Sales are first come, first served. Please scroll to see all available rugs!

Note that rug names reflect the first name of the student designer; on the left is the original student artwork, and on the right, the final rug for sale.


JENNIFER
AVAILABLE!

Approximately 4 x 6 feet, $3,000
Original student artwork left; rug right


JUSTIN
AVAILABLE!

Approximately 4 x 6 feet, $3,000
Original student artwork left; rug right


LILYANA
AVAILABLE!

Approximately 4 x 6 feet, $3,000
Original student artwork left; rug right


NELLY
AVAILABLE!

Approximately 4 x 6 feet, $3,000
Original student artwork left; rug right


PEARL
AVAILABLE!

Approximately 4 x 6 feet, $3,000
Original student artwork left; rug right


PHOEBE
AVAILABLE!

Approximately 4 x 6 feet, $3,000
Original student artwork left; rug right


If you’d like to purchase a rug, please contact Sherre Cullen at 312-445-2760 or [email protected]! Sales are first come, first served.

The following rugs have been purchased and have found their permanent homes!

AISHA

EWORITSEJU

“GATSBY”

SIENNA