Founder / Owner

Chetor Hasti?
(how are you?)

The Afghan Rug Shop owner, James, spent 6 months in the Northern Provinces of Afghanistan in 2004, which was the inspiration for opening the shop in 2015.

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~ Unique ~
For Several Reasons

It’s believed to be the only rug shop outside Afghanistan itself that sells rugs solely from that country. It’s the only shop in Britain granted Label-STEP accreditation (guaranteeing fair and ethical trade in the worldwide rug business) but most especially for the story of how it came into being.

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~  The Story ~
Of How It Came Into Being

‘In 2003 I served with the UK Provincial Reconstruction Team (UK PRT) in the Northern Provinces of Afghanistan for six months. We were there to provide security and assist with demilitarisation, reintegrating people into work and to oversee the repair of their infrastructure. It was a privileged time to be there – meeting the people and seeing their rugs being made in the heart of the old silk roads firmly sowed the seed for the business’ says shop owner James Wilthew.

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Visit Our Store Nestled in the
Heart of Hebden Bridge

Based in Hebden Bridge, The Afghan Rug Shop attracts customers from all over the UK due to our unique items and fresh approach to home decor.

Every rug we sell is hand picked and shipped direct to the shop. Our rugs are sourced from the weavers houses and local markets in Mazar-e-Sharif, Andkhoy, Aqcha and Kunduz so the families directly benefit from the trade and the UK prices remain very affordable.

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Handmade 100% fair trade Rugs and Kilims, direct from
the North of Afghanistan to the North of England

Handmade 100% fair trade Rugs and Kilims, direct from
the North of Afghanistan to the North of England