With an eye toward helping needy children in the world's major carpet weaving districts, The Oriental Rug Importers Association plans to hold a silent auction at this year's Atlanta International Area Rug Market. Taking place July 16-17 at AmericasMart Atlanta, the auction will feature 20 to 30 one-of-a-kind, hand-knotted rugs donated by ORIA members, with proceeds going directly to the organization's Charitable Fund Benefiting Children.

Open to all attendees, the auction is slated to begin 9 a.m. July 16 in the MOI Gallery, located on the fourth floor of AmericasMart in 4B1. The event will end at 5 p.m. the following day. Winners will be announced during the Atlanta Rug Market, a twice yearly showcase for rug manufacturers and importers, taking place July 16-19.

For information on the ORIA Charitable Fund, e-mail Lucille Laufer, ORIA's executive director, at llaufer@oria.org. For more information on the Atlanta Rug Market call (800) ATL-MART or visit the website at www.AmericasMart.com.