Interior Designer FAQ's
If your question is not answered below, please feel free to submit a question to the GoodWeave staff.
How can promoting and specifying GoodWeave certified rugs improve my design practice?
The market of consumers interested in buying socially responsible products in the United States is 68 million and growing. A study by Interior Design revealed that 80% of interior designers at the top 100 firms are seeking new sources for “green” products, because their clients are increasingly interested in sustainable design practices. Additionally, GoodWeave has launched a campaign to educate consumers about the social and economic value of buying a rug that carries the independent GoodWeave certification label. This campaign will help generate sales for those designers committed to child-labor-free production. Your affiliation with GoodWeave helps to build trust with your clients who care about social and environmental concerns.
Will I have to compromise beauty for social responsibility?
No. With GoodWeave certified rugs, you can get the aesthetics and quality you need with the socially responsible construction you value. Rugs and carpets are available in a wide selection of sizes, colors and patterns suitable for any design project. They are produced in wool, silk, cotton and hemp. To view a selection of certified rugs visit our Rug Showroom .
How does the GoodWeave certification process work?
GoodWeave recruits carpet producers and importers to make and sell carpets that are made without child labor. By agreeing to adhere to GoodWeave's strict no child labor guidelines, permitting random inspections of carpet looms, and paying associated license fees, manufacturers receive the right to put the GoodWeave label on their carpets. The label provides the best possible assurance that children were not employed in the making of a rug. It also verifies that a portion of the carpet price is contributed to the rehabilitation and education of former child weavers. In the U.S., only licensed GoodWeave importers are legally permitted to sell carpets carrying the GoodWeave label.
How does GoodWeave ensure the rugs with its label are child-labor free?
To be certified by GoodWeave, carpet manufacturers sign a legally binding contract to produce carpets without child labor; register all looms with GoodWeave; and allow access to looms for unannounced inspections. Carpet looms are monitored regularly. Inspectors are trained and supervised by GoodWeave. Each labeled carpet is individually numbered, enabling its origin to be traced back to the loom on which it was produced. This also protects against counterfeit labels. In addition, nonprofit child welfare organizations not affiliated with GoodWeave have access to GoodWeave certified looms and factories to provide double assurance that no children are employed.
Who carries GoodWeave certified rugs?
GoodWeave rugs are available at approximately 800 showroom and retail locations nationwide and through several online stores. These locations are searchable by zip code.
How much more expensive is a GoodWeave certified rug?
Less than you might think. The cost to the consumer of purchasing rugs or carpets made only by adults is negligible––typically only one-half percent of the total retail price. On a $2,000 rug, that amounts to only $10. And since a portion of the price of your rug or carpet will be used to fund rehabilitation and education programs for rescued children, you can also be assured that you are making a positive difference in the life of a child. The fact is that many consumers are willing to spend much more on a product if they know that it is made in a socially responsible manner.
Is there a difference between GoodWeave and other labeling initiatives?
GoodWeave is the only independent monitoring and inspection organization working in India, Nepal and Afghanistan. Other labels might represent organizations running social programs but these programs are philanthropic in scope, do not include random inspections, and are administered by the industry itself rather than an independent nonprofit. Rug exporters simply pay a fee to these organizations to receive “no child labor” labels with out actual inspections executed in their factories/loom sheds. These labels do not indicate certification like the GoodWeave label does.
In addition, GoodWeave represents everyone involved in the South Asian carpet industry, including manufacturers, importers, exporters, retailers and consumers. GoodWeave is funded by a variety of sources and is free from influence by any particular industry segment or individual government. Other labeling initiatives tend to represent single interest groups that see things from their own perspective and have their own agenda. GoodWeave has many voices, but only one agenda: moving all child carpet weavers from looms to schools.
You can help us end child labor and transform the lives of the thousands of children trapped in carpet work by making a tax-deductible (USA only) donation today. Every dollar makes a difference.
At the age of five, Manju was already working on the rug looms. While she has since been found and freed from illegal carpet work, some 250,000 children throughout South Asia still toil in obscurity. Through GoodWeave nearly 3,600 kids like Manju have been rescued, rehabilitated and educated, and thousands more deterred from entering the work force.More Stories »
GoodWeave is a full-member of the ISEAL Alliance, the global association for sustainability standards whose Codes of Good Practice are seen as global references for developing and implementing credible standards.