Spotlight On Importers/Rug Designers

The following rug companies and designers adhere to the GoodWeave child-labor-free standard. Their commitment to a clean supply chain is leading the way toward a child-labor-free future, as every GoodWeave® certified carpet sold generates funds to support education programs in the countries where rugs are produced.

View the profiles below, or browse from the list at the right to learn more about these business and their choice to use the GoodWeave label, the best assurance that no child was exploited to make a carpet or rug.

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Kooches

Tom DeMarco, founder of New York-based Kooches, was an early supporter of the GoodWeave® certification program. But what really made DeMarco want to join GoodWeave was learning that its program not only rescued and educated child weavers, it also educated the children of adult weavers―a holistic and sustainable approach.
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malene b

From the beginning, Malene Barnett knew she would only use child-labor-free manufacturing facilities. "I'd seen the conditions in factories overseas, and the little children going to work, so I wanted to be part of an organization that shares my values," she says. When she read about GoodWeave®, she said to herself, "This is what I want to be a part of."
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The Moorland Rug Company

Brian Sales, founder of The Moorland Rug Company, has spent a working life-time immersed in the world of rugs and carpets. Sales has a keen eye for originality and a passion for detail and has elegant floral designs. Brian is proud to partner with GoodWeave. "I am lucky to work with some of the most skilled weavers in the world," he concludes.
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notNeutral

According to Julie Smith-Clementi, CEO of Los Angeles design company notNeutral, creating rugs was a natural addition to their home décor and kids' divisions. Since most modern design rugs focus on an adult market, notNeutral took on the joyful challenge of creating "hip, affordable kids’ rugs that are neither cutesy nor character-driven," says Julie. Concern for the well-being of kids is a given. "We wouldn’t have even started making rugs without GoodWeave®."
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Lapchi

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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liv interior

Tina Mirza, liv interior's founder and designer, has always had a passion for knitting and sewing, so it's not surprising that after an early career in graphic design, she turned her hand to the business of carpet design. Starting her own rug company 10 years ago, however, was more than just business. It was sheer pleasure, she says. And having the GoodWeave® certification assured her that the people crafting her rugs would be treated fairly.
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As a carpet designer, Zoë Luyendijk follows her heart. Inspired by the beauty of nature, the timelessness of myth and the works of other artists, Zoë generates unique designs. As a businesswoman, she again follows her heart. No child labor is used to make her carpets. Hand-knotted in Nepal from silk, wool and hemp, all her carpets are GoodWeave® certified, and hence made with fair labor practices.
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Indo Designer Rugs

Visitors to Calgary-based Indo Designer Rugs are in for a surprise, and not just for a wealth of beautiful hand knotted, wool and silk rugs. Indo Designer’s Rana Mehrotra has put the “show” back in showroom. “I give visitors a 15- to 20-minute museum tour of our rugs to discover just what kind of taste they have and to get to know them,” says Rana, who with his wife, Anchal, co-owns the business now managed by his son, Nishant. “We buy rugs from individuals with whom we’ve had long relationships for individuals with whom we expect to have long relationships.” Membership in GoodWeave® is an important part of sustaining personal and caring relationships.
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byHenzel

Asa and Calle Henzel—founders of the custom rug company byHenzel based in Gothenberg, Sweden—have always supported children’s rights and been active in Swedish children’s charities, so joining GoodWeave® was a natural decision. For both Asa and Calle, it is simply unimaginable that someone could purchase a rug made with child labor. “Absolutely everyone who works with rug manufacturers should have a certification,” Asa says firmly.
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Eeuwes Studio

Eeuwes Studio was formed in September 2009 by Canadian-born designer Liz Eeuwes. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art, Liz was interested in bringing her rug designs to life. In Liz’s words, “We believe an integral part of our design process is our relationship with weavers from around the world. From the very beginning we have been GoodWeave certified.”
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