Weaving a better world: Taliban ruling affects Cultural Cloth rug sales
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
MAIDEN ROCK-It's an interesting statement about global business when a decision made by the Taliban in Afghanistan disrupts a store in Maiden Rock, Wis.-population 119.
The issue centered on felted rugs, made by Afghan women, featuring animals such as ponies, tigers, and deer, and sold by Cultural Cloth in Maiden Rock.
"One design we called the spotted pony," said Mary Anne Wise, co-owner of Cultural Cloth with Jody Slocum. "It is a very simple design, but it is emblematic of the cultures from the plains to the Caucasus. That was a home run with customers. People responded. It has mass appeal."