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Pithawalla wins Nepalese rug contest

CHICAGO -- Meher Pithawalla of Gurnee, Ill., received $500 from Oscar Isberian Rugs for her first place design, called Lhasa, in a Nepalese rug design competition, sponsored by Oscar Isberian Rugs and the Harrington College of Design.

The contest called for students to design a 6-by-9 contemporary or traditional Nepalese rug.         

Also honored were second place winner Tom Hurd, of Chicago, and third place winner, R.J. Reynertson, of Chicago. Each received $250.

The 10 best designs will be hand woven in Nepal and auctioned off during the fall semester. All profits above $500 will go toward student tuition wavers. In addition, a portion of the profits will be donated to charity.

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