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January 28, 2013

Rug 1

For more than five years, Lisa Wise mulled the idea of developing a local rug weaving business – using recycled materials — that would train and employ homeless and low-income women.

As executive director of the non-profit Initiative for Affordable Housing in Decatur, GA, Wise was well aware of the struggle many of her clients faced to find and keep jobs.

In 2010, Wise started re: loom-weaving a better life, which now employs 10 people.

Using old-fashioned floor looms, weavers take donated clothing, fabric, linens and plastic bags and turn them into colorful rugs and art pieces.

The upcycled rugs come in a variety of sizes and colorful combinations. Prices start at $130 for a two-foot-by-three-foot rug to $250 for a floor runner (30 inches by 70 inches).

Custom orders for larger rugs also are available. Other popular products include placemats (four for $40), silk scarves ($75), shoulder bags ($60) and hammocks ($250), made from golf shirts. All sales support the re: loom program.

Find rugs at http://reloom.org or at the re:loom store, 1434 Scott Blvd., Suite 200, in Decatur, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday by appointment. Call 404-299-9979.

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