Tamana

Beautify your home with a selection of handwoven rugs made from high quality wool.

Portrait image of Asifa Qarar standing in front of a handwoven rug

Rugs to build communities

Asifa Qarar

“I want to do something for Afghan women.”

Asifa arrived from Afghanistan on a scholarship to study business in Australia, then sought asylum and brought her family over. 

As a child, Asifa wove rugs and later ran a carpet business with her husband before leaving Afghanistan. She decided to participate in the Stepping Stones program to consolidate her skills in Australian business systems. Through mentoring provided by the program, Asifa was able to develop the idea of importing handwoven rugs from Afghanistan to Australia. 

“Stepping Stones is doing a brilliant job at polishing the ideas of people like me. My dream would have remained a dream without them.”

By selling rugs, Tamana is keeping the expression of Asifa’s cultural heritage alive in the Australian community. The rugs are handmade, and Asifa hopes that purchasing them provides not only an income for female rug makers back in Afghanistan but also helps with the establishment of a maternity clinic for marginalised Afghani women. 

The rugs are woven from high-quality wool and feature traditional designs. Sold at competitive prices, they beautify the home.

Location and hours: Mobile business 
Categories: homewares | social enterprise

Business owner: Asifa Qarar
Contact number: 0433 122 424
E-mail: asifaqarar(at)gmail.com

Asifa Qarar at market stall
Colourful rugs

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