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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Joan Weissman Studio

To achieve the refined aesthetics, rich color and lush textures that her custom rugs are noted for, Joan Weissman relies on close relationships with her weavers. Participation in GoodWeave®’s certification program enhances those relationships, and her long-time membership reflects her commitment to 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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Messenger Rugs

In the age-old tradition of storytelling, Messenger Rugs seeks to instill hope and healing through rugs designed with visually inspired tales from cultures around the world. The GoodWeave® label on the underside of every Messenger Rug tells another story―that the weavers who made it were treated fairly.
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Judy Ross Textiles

Textile artist Judy Ross discovered the ancient art of chain stitch embroidery in Kashmir in 1989 and was inspired to transfer her drawing ideas to fabric and yarn. Since then, Judy has developed a special relationship with the artisans that craft her company’s handmade rugs. Experience in South Asia also led to Judy's partnership with GoodWeave, through which she can contribute to the education of children in artisan communities who often cannot afford school.
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emma gardner design llc

emma gardner design llc produces fine contemporary interior products including handmade rugs, luxurious alpaca/wool throws and superior quality pillows for use in home, office and hospitality spaces. Founder and award-winning designer Emma Gardner is strongly committed to good labor practices and is a proud member of GoodWeave®.

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Heading up a high-end rug company was not something Tibetan-born Kesang Tashi set out to do when he left India for prestigious Dartmouth College. Nor was that his goal in graduate school at University of Wisconsin, where he concentrated on Buddhist history and thought. It was not until after a stint in international banking that his entrepreneurial spirit and desire for social change led him to seek a new challenge. Combining his business background and love of his ancestral homeland he launched InnerAsia, a company dedicated to revitalizing the Tibet’s precious craft of rug weaving. Tashi’s collaboration with GoodWeave®, an organization whose work he says is consistent with the principles of his Buddhist heritage, helps him do that. “Commerce and compassion go hand in hand,” says Kesang.
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Pedro Lima Interiors

Pedro Lima, founder of Pedro Lima Interiors, is a thoughtful man. His two extensive collections of hand-knotted wool and silk rugs reflect something of his own values and sense of responsibility for others. In joining GoodWeave, he found a companion voice for his own ethics which demand, as he says, that the rug making “is done properly, carefully and ethically. How could I not support that?”
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Alicia D. Keshishian/Carpets of Imagination

Alicia Keshishian, who comes from a long line of accomplished artists, believes the love of color and texture is in her DNA. When Alicia decided to expand her textile art business to include rugs, she joined the GoodWeave® certification program to ensure she partnered with weaving facilities that are child-labor-free.
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Miller Davis Group

For Wendell Davis and Dick Miller of the Miller Davis Group, parent company of Davis & Davis, starting a line of hand-knotted Tibetan carpets from Nepal meant paying special attention to the workers. "I'll never forget the time we visited a factory in Kathmandu, looking for a place to make the rugs," Wendell says. "The owner showed us a school supported by the GoodWeave® program. We just looked at each other and said, 'This is what we’re looking for!'"
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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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