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NIBA and The Rug Studio Among Seven New Rug Companies Teaming with RugMark to End Child Labor

Washington, DC - Seven North American rug companies recently joined RugMark to help put an end to exploitive child labor in the handmade rug industry. NIBA Rug Collections and The Rug Studio, along with Apeiron, Custom Cool, Dai Living, Layne Goldsmith , and Sara Schneidman, bring the number of licensees to 62, whose RugMark certified rugs currently account for more than 3% of the handmade rugs sold in the U.S.

03/10/2009
"Faces of Freedom" Photography Exhibit Opens in Russell Rotunda February 2

Washington, DC - RugMark's nationally touring Faces of Freedom photography exhibit makes its Capitol Hill debut at the Russell Senate Rotunda February 2-6. The exhibit commemorates the 10th anniversary of International Labor Organization Convention 182 Against Worst Forms of Child Labor and honors Senator Tom Harkin for his work to end exploitative child labor.

01/06/2009
RugMark Unveils Faces of Freedom in New York

NEW YORK, NY, September 15, 2008 – As leading figures in the rug industry travel to New York City for the fifth annual Metro Market Week and the New York International Carpet Show, international social justice nonprofit RugMark USA and its industry partners prepare to launch the Faces of Freedom photo exhibition. The collection of work by internationally acclaimed photographer U. Roberto Romano will be on display at the Odegard New York showroom from September 15-26, and will reveal stories of former child weavers and their journey from moments of exploitation and desperation to opportunities of rehabilitation and education.

09/11/2008
The Rug Company Joins RugMark: International Luxury Rug Label Teams Up with Non-profit Organization to Improve Nepalese Weaving Conditions

WASHINGTON D.C., June 25, 2008 The Rug Company, known world-wide for its hand crafted, high design rugs and tapestries, has joined RugMark to ensure children go to school instead of work. The Rug Company is now a licensee of the US based RugMark, an independent inspection and monitoring program that confirms rugs are manufactured without the use of child labor and provides educational opportunities for children in India and Nepal.

06/25/2008
Four More Rug companies Team with RugMark to End Child Labor

WASHINGTON D.C., April 17, 2008 – Four rug companies from the U.S. and Canada recently teamed with RugMark to collectively put an end to exploitive child labor in the handmade rug industry. The Nought Collective, notNeutral, Creative Matters and Rug Art are now licensees of RugMark, an independent inspection and monitoring program that confirms rugs are manufactured without the use of child labor and provides educational opportunities for children in India and Nepal.

04/17/2008
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