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  The Most Beautiful Rug Campaign: Industry Update

Summer 2007

 
 
 

In this issue

“The teachers and caretaker [at the RugMark rehabilitation center] love me as my mother. I am extremely indebted to RugMark for its kind and protective support in my dismal days.”

– Sonam Magar, 15-year-old former child weaver, Kathmandu, Nepal.

 
 

Campaign Spotlight

 
 

The inaugural year of The Most Beautiful Rug: RugMark’s Campaign to End Child Labor was a success by all accounts. Outreach to industry and consumers has resulted in a 27 percent increase in the sale of child-labor-free rugs, resulting in increased loom and factory monitoring and more educational opportunities for children. In 2006, retail sales of RugMark rugs generated approximately $90,000 to educate children in South Asia.

Learn more about The Most Beautiful Rug campaign by visiting www.RugMark.org/Campaign.php.

 
     
 

News + Events

The CNN series “Principal Voices,” a televised and online discussion of the major challenges facing the world today, featured RugMark and its founder, Kailash Satyarthi. Mr. Satyarthi discusses RugMark’s work in the segment on Social Entrepreneurship and is featured in a short vignette as well as the full-length “Principal Voices” documentary, which aired on CNN around the world from June 24-28th. To view the vignette online, please click here.

Time and Fortune magazines also featured Mr. Satyarthi and RugMark in articles as part of the “Principal Voices” series.

The U.S. State Department’s 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report appointed Kailash Satyarthi as one of this year’s heroes in the fight to end modern-day slavery. To view the 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report in its entirety, please click here.

Other recent press includes:
 · PRI’s The World
 · U.S. Department of State’s USINFO
 · TheMiamiSunPost.com
 · LDB Interior Textiles

 · Rug Insider

RugMark also received mention in Fair Trade: A Beginner’s Guide by Jacqueline DeCarlo, a recently published book which explains the principles behind Fair Trade and its development into a powerful economic tool.

To view all our recent press, click here.

September 14-16, 2007 – Dwell on Design San Francisco is a conference and exhibition projected to attract more than 5,000 design professionals and consumers. The exhibition will feature a special section of RugMark member products as well as other valuable co-marketing opportunities for RugMark members. RugMark will speak on a panel during the Community Programming portion of the conference. To learn more, contact Massa@RugMark.org.

October 26-28, 2007 – RugMark to be a Leading Sponsor of the Western Interiors Design + Home Show San Francisco. The show, which coincides with the 26th Annual Fall Antiques Show and will draw more than 5,000 attendees, will include a special exhibition section and discounted advertising rates for RugMark members. For more information, contact Massa@RugMark.org.

RugMark welcomes its newest media sponsors, Interior Design, Western Interiors and Conscious Living TV.

RugMark in Action: Stories

Sandesh Tamang

My name is Sandesh Tamang. I am 13 years old. I used to work long days in a carpet factory but fortunately a RugMark inspector rescued me one year ago and now I am in school. More >

 
     
 

Tool Kit Updates

RugMark strives to provide our industry partners with useful sales and marketing tools. To this end, we introduce the latest addition to our partner tool kits, a How to Buy a Rug Guide. Sharing this brochure with your customers demonstrates your commitment to the fine craft of rug weaving and to ethical labor practices. Importers, Retailers/Marketing Partners and Interior Designers may download an electronic version of the brochure by clicking here. To request printed copies or to learn how to create your own customized version, click here.

Industry Spotlight

Delinear Inc.

Delinear Inc. is a San Francisco-based manufacturer of modern hand-knotted rugs. Chris Baisa, the company’s founder, launched his rug division after 15 years of successful home furnishing design. To align production standards in Nepal with his personal values, Chris joined RugMark as a way to ensure that no child labor was used in the production of his fine designs. More >

Industry Partner News

RugMark welcomes its newest importer members, Barbara Jacobs Color and Design, Dorjé Contemporary Carpets, Nying Zemo and Satia Art + Floor.

Alicia Keshishian Carpets of Imagination rugs can now be found at Eco-terric, a new green showroom in San Francisco. One of Alicia’s carpets was featured in the spring market tabloid of Interior Design.

Amy Helfand introduced three new rugs at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and Brooklyn Designs in May. Ragged Wandering, Pokeweed Encounter and Mt. Rogers Protest are part her continuing exploration of landscape of the Appalachian Trail. Recently, Amy’s work has been featured in Hali Modern Carpet, New York Spaces, Interior Design and House and Garden magazines.

Angela Adams will introduce three new rug designs at the upcoming Atlanta Gift + Home Furnishings show in July, Kelly, Birch and Ocean. Angela Adams has recently been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, HFN, Vurb and Interior Design Magazine.

Barbara Jacobs Color and Design has launched Silk Road Weaves, a new line of hand knotted Tibetan area rugs. Barbara recently introduced these new Rugmark-made rugs at an event sponsored by the New England Chapter of ASID.

Company C’s fall 2007 Collection hits retail stores in July. Representatives of Company C will display their wares this summer at the Las Vegas World Market and New York International Gift Fair. Recent editorial coverage of the company includes articles in Decorating Magazine, Inspired Magazine, New York Spaces, Canadian House & Home, Country Home, California Home & Design and Furniture Style.

Deliante Designs is featured in the June issue of Virginia Living magazine

Emma Gardner Design’s hospitality division has created custom rugs for three luxury resorts: The Winvian Resorts in Morris, Connecticut, the Hyatt Valencia and Santa Clarita Conference Center in Valencia, California and the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, California. Emma unveiled two new designs to her collection at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York in May: Color Slick, a hand-knotted silk and wool rug and Chinese River, a hand-tufted design blending bold color and stylized Asian-inspired elements.

Joan Weissman’s Ginko and Bayahibe rugs were recently featured in the Spring Market Tabloid issue of Interior Design magazine. In addition, Joan mentioned RugMark in her keynote address at the Fair Trade Gala in Albuquerque, NM.

Judy Ross Textiles will introduce her new rug designs for fall 2007 at the International Gift Show later this summer.

Linda Garriott of Linda Garriott Design, LLC was recently featured in HGTV's Spring 2007 magazine.

Liza Phillips Design opened a new showroom, Les Migrateurs, at the New York Design Center. Her work has been featured recently in Lifestyle Magazine, InteriorDesign.net, New Products and Contract Magazine. This spring, Liza introduced the Black Sheep Collection, a new line of hand tufted runners and stair treads.

In addition to supporting educational programs for former child weavers through their RugMark membership, Nying Zemo donates 2 percent of the profit from each custom-made Tibetan rug they sell to protect Nepali women from human trafficking, child prostitution and child abuse.

Sloan Miyasato has enhanced their web site. The redesigned site includes new links to all the floor covering lines they represent.

@RugMark

The RugMark staff is growing. Massa Cressall joined RugMark as Communications Manager in March and Biko Nagara became our new Program and Technology Assistant in June.

 

 
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