Slow Design


ARZU STUDIO HOPE supports a slower, more thoughtful, distributed economic model. The entire process – shepherd to shearer to spinner to dyer to weaver to finisher to transporter.

ARZU STUDIO HOPE’s “next” practice process builds on tradition, adds innovation and celebrates artisan touch from beginning to end. The slow design process takes years of work and centuries of tradition. The hand of the artisan is always involved and the love and soul of every hand involved is evident in every piece we produce. Thoughtful manufacturing processes combined with excellent design translate into higher value “commerce with care.”

ARZU STUDIO HOPE’s Slow Design is redefining the global Slow Movement. Slow Design aims to marry cultural integrity and traditional technique with fair labor practices and developed market access.  Like the slow food movement, our slow design philosophy promotes three principles:

GOOD  •  We are committed to protecting traditional and sustainable rug making practices. Additionally we strive to enhance our weavers knowledge, train them in new weaves as well as introduce design concepts that appeal to the Western market, in turn our weavers our highly skilled and can truly be called artisans.

CLEAN  •  Wool is a sustainable resource. Sheep must be sheared every year, and it’s in everyone’s best interest to treat the sheep well since their nutrition and general health directly affects the quality of the wool.

FAIR  •  Our mission gives our weavers and all our employees fair pay, access to health care, and the opportunity to live a good life.


An ARZU STUDIO HOPE rug is an investment in sustainability in its broadest sense. In addition to driving economic sustainability, ARZU STUDIO HOPE rugs capture the sustainable and enduring artistry developed centuries ago and passed to the skillful hands of Afghan women weavers. ARZU STUDIO HOPE rugs are handmade with sheep’s wool and, whenever possible, dyes may be purely derived from natural materials found in madder root, walnut husks, or pomegranates.

Exploration of new renewable resources for fuel, energy, food cultivation in arid climates, and water purification are future innovations to be incorporated into ARZU STUDIO HOPE’s community development projects from the Bamyan Women’s Community Center to the Community Garden-Greenhouse and Community Sports Centers projected for completion in 2010.