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Persian Carpets Displayed at Charity Expo

PEOPLE are invited to visit a Persian carpet, rug and antique exhibition being
staged in support of the Al Rahma Centre for Youth Care until tomorrow at its
premises in East Riffa. It showcases an array of hand woven Persian carpets and
rugs, including rare and priceless antiques by masters of Bakhtiar, Qashquai,
Baluch, Turkoman-Asmalic, Arak and Hamadan. Interested buyers will have a choice
of different types, styles and categories of carpets from Isfahani, Qom, Bakhtiari,
Heriz to Sha Savan, Beluch and others.

The exhibition is held under the patronage of Her Highness Shaikha Sabeeka bint
Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty King Hamad and Supreme Council for Women
chairperson and jointly organized by the centre and Bradran Persian Carpets.
Bradran Persian Stores managing director Framarz Kazerooni said he felt compelled
to do something in support of the centre when he discovered the important work it
was doing for the community. "Al Rahma is for special needs people, they give free
education to those who cannot afford it and activities for adults and children," he
explained. "When special needs people are kids they have a place to go, but when
they are adults, they are put on the streets, but with this centre it's for all
ages."They also teach them how to make handicrafts which they sell. "The cause is
very important and when I saw how much effort the ladies were making and I talked
to the management, I came up with the idea to help raise awareness and money for
them." When you see the effort the volunteers are making you want to help."

Al Rahma Youth Centre was established in 2002 by the Bahrain Association for
Mental Retardation and has been funded by His Majesty the King. It is located in a
two-storey building in East Riffa and offers day care facilities for about 50 people
aged between 15 to 30 years.

The centre features training and rehabilitation rooms, classrooms, therapy rooms
and six workshops, administrative offices and medical facilities. Bradran Persian
Carpets was established in 1935 in the heart of Manama souq and today, has a
presence in Qatar, Oman and Iran. They began as a trading house dealing with
Persian carpets, handicrafts and food but are now known for their extensive
knowledge base in the business of selling rare and authentic Persian carpets.

The exhibition is open to the public until tomorrow from 10am to 1pm and 4pm and
9pm. For more information call Bradran Persian Store on 17228655.