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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Fusion Trading Company

For David Burcsik, president of Ottawa-based Fusion Trading Company, "beauty" in the home goods he sells isn't just about aesthetics. It is also about ethics. In his words, "Working with GoodWeave® marries all my ideologies about what I do and how I do it."
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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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Apeiron Design LLC

For owner-designer Charles Livingston, the establishment of Apeiron Design LLC is just the latest step in his artistic evolution. "My artwork, the painting, print and drawing," he explains, "just seemed to enforce that I needed to go in the direction of rug design." Today, with a line of hand-tufted contemporary rugs that are extensions of his artwork and a portfolio of custom work, Charles is pleased with his choice, including his decision to join GoodWeave®.
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Satia Art + Floor

As a child growing up in Germany and spending after-school hours helping out in his father's rug business, Bijan Koukpari had a natural interest in design. That early involvement combined with an interest in architecture and development led to the founding of Satia Art + Floor in Vancouver. Founding a company that makes one-of-a-kind hand-knotted carpets from Nepal was a natural fit. Natural, too, was his decision to collaborate with GoodWeave®.
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The Rug Company

During the last 12 years, Christopher and Suzanne Sharp have made the Rug Company the place for stunningly beautiful contemporary handmade rugs. The Sharps demand that their 15 stores, scattered across the globe, be not only profitable but also sustainable and ethical. Naturally, they have joined GoodWeave® in its quest to end child labor in the rug industry.
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Ariana Rugs Inc.

Ariana Rugs owners Ahmad, Alex and Nadia Ahmadi are siblings who learned every aspect of weaving as part of a family deeply engaged in and passionate about carpet weaving. Today their company is part of the revitalization of the handmade carpet industry in their homeland of Afghanistan and GoodWeave’s first licensee there. Ariana’s beautiful modern aesthetic, gorgeous colors, perfectionism in craft and commitment to ethical business have created a high demand for the brand around the world.
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Asha Carpets

"It is as basic as this," explains Miron Chlebosz, one half of New York-based Asha Carpets, speaking of the use of child labor in the rug industry. "We are socially conscious people, and our clientele simply wouldn't accept it. When our customers find out we are part of a program like GoodWeave®, we hear a palpable sigh of relief."
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Christina Ruhaak Design

Christina Ruhaak of Chicago-based Christina Ruhaak Design says her career in the carpet industry developed as organically as do her hand knotted rugs made of silk and the finest hand-carded, hand-spun Tibetan wools. “My grandmother made rag rugs, my mother is an interior designer, and I grew up with a loom at home,” she says. “I always loved textiles and crafts.” Christina is not only respectful of textile handwork, but is deeply concerned about the lives of the artisans who keep the craft alive. “Before I started my business, I went to GoodWeave® to find the right mills,” says Christina.
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Bev Hisey Textile Designs and Creations

After a 25-year career in fashion and textile design, Bev Hisey decided to produce handmade rugs in India—but the shift from producing in Canada to India presented an ethical challenge. She had heard horror stories about poor working conditions abroad, most notably child labor. Learning about the GoodWeave® inspections and monitoring program gave her the confidence to launch a new line of rugs.
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New Moon

John Kurtz, designer and owner of New Moon, is a nationally recognized artist and a renowned rug historian. Over the years, through his PBS television series, John has introduced millions of viewers to the world of Oriental rugs. As a founding member of GoodWeave®, New Moon is helping to abolish illegal child labor in the carpet industry, while ensuring its rugs are beautiful inside and out.
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GoodWeave Licensed Brands

Alicia D. Keshishian/Carpets of Imagination
Amy Helfand Studio
AnnMaria Baldine Designs
Apeiron Design LLC
Ariana Rugs Inc.
Artizen Rug Couture Ltd.
Asha Carpets
Barbara Jacobs Color and Design
Bennett Bean Studio
Bev Hisey
BravinLee Programs LLC
Bronzino Handmade Inc
byHenzel
Caccese Collection LLC
Cadrys
CALVIRUGS
Carini Lang
Christina Ruhaak Design
Classic Rug Collection Inc.
Company C
Custom Cool
Danielle David Grinnen Art and Design LLC
Diane Paparo Studio Ltd.
Doug & Gene Meyer Studio
è bella
ecoFiber Custom Rugs
elson & company
emma gardner design llc
Fusion Trading Company
Gary Cruz Studio
Guildcraft Carpets
I+I srl
Indo Designer Rugs
Inigo Elizalde Rugs
Interior Resources
Joan Weissman Studio
Judy Ross Textiles
Julie Dasher Rugs
Khawachen/Innerasia
Kim Parker
Kooches
Kristiina Lassus
Kumari Rugs
Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting
Lapchi
Layne Goldsmith Studio
Lindstrom Rugs
Liz Gamberg Studio
Liza Phillips Design
M & M Design International Inc.
Magdalena York Collection
malene b
Merida Meridian, Inc.
Messenger Rugs
Miller Davis Group
Modern Archive, LLC
Molana Inc.
Nepal Rugs & Carpets
New Moon
NIBA Rug Collections
NOA Living
Nordic Home Interiors
notNeutral
Nying Zemo
Organic Weave
Paramount Rugs
Pedro Lima Interiors
Proper Rugs
Ramri Rugs
Robin Gray Design
Rosemary Hallgarten
Rug Art
RUG STAR
Rug Studio
RUGGUY GALLERIEZ, INC.
Satia Art + Floor
Serâser
SHIVHON
Somace Design
Square Foot by Lina Miranda
Stephanie Odegard Collection
Stile BK
Tania Johnson Design
The Fine Rug Gallery at Macy's
The Rug Company
Tibetan Karma Carpets
Timberlake Textiles
tm interior
Warp & Weft
Zoë Luyendijk Studio

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