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In Afghanistan, weaving ancient industry back into global market

Women weave at looms at the Zinnat Rug Factory, May 19, 2019, in western Kabul. Source: Scott Peterson/Getty Images/The Christian Science Monitor

The scene has barely changed for centuries: Afghan women sit at looms strung tight with twine, working slowly and meticulously to turn bundles of brightly colored wool thread into fine carpets.

What has changed is that this carpet weaving center, perched on the western edge of Kabul, is part of a broader project to help transform Afghanistan’s carpet industry.

Among its goals: to break the isolation imposed by four decades of war and sell high-end, custom-made Afghan carpets directly to the international market.

Along the way, the British development organization Turquoise Mountain aims to herald a renaissance in Afghan carpet

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