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Children's Stories

Born to a destitute family, young Sanju was sent to work in a rug factory in Kathmandu. Like tens of thousands of other "carpet kids" throughout South Asia, Sanju was exploited for her tiny, nimble fingers that were considered ideal for the intricate motions required for weaving.

Click here to read more about Sanju and other former child weavers rescued by GoodWeave.

Spotlight On Importers/Designers

Salman Khan and Kerry Smith

In 2001, while working and studying in Kathmandu, Salman Khan and Kerry Smith envisioned an approach to carpet-making based on the desire of customers for freedom of expression in designing their living and working environments. They named their venture Lapchi―Tibetan for "abode of creative energy"―and partnered with the GoodWeave® rug certification program to assure clients that their highly customized designs are accompanied by the best labor practices.

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  • LapchiPortland, Oregon
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