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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Nying Zemo

Nying Zemo, which means “beautiful” in the Tibetan language, was the ideal choice as a name for their company; so thought Shalini Acharya-Holman and Simmy Pappachen. It so perfectly expressed their vision, that beautiful works of art can be translated into rugs, which is precisely the concept for their company. They established Nying Zemo in 2006 with the mission of creating art for the floor. Nying Zemo marries the time-honored tradition and exceptional quality of hand-knotted Tibetan-rugs with an art-focused, contemporary aesthetic.
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Indi-B

Beatrice Girelli of Indi-B brings to her rug venture the same passion for perfection that made her an award-winning hotel designer. Indi-B rugs are made entirely of New Zealand wool and are touted as totally green. They are also 100 percent ethically produced, which for Beatrice means child-labor-free. "We absolutely don't want to be in the business of selling beautiful rugs made in ugly conditions," Beatrice says. "That's why we aligned ourselves with GoodWeave®, a program with our values."
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Amy Helfand Studio

When artist Amy Helfand expanded her design portfolio to include rugs, joining the GoodWeave® program was a natural first step. While established in the art world for more than 15 years, Amy had never contracted production overseas and she wanted assurance that the production practices were ethical.
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Merida Meridian, Inc.

When Catherine Connolly, Merida’s CEO and co-owner with Hiram Samel, describes the company’s all-natural fiber rugs, she often uses the word “soulful.” Yes, they are beautiful, she says, and yes, sustainable, but she insists, “It is the human piece that is so important, the artisan and the craftsmanship. Our aspiration,” she continues, “is to create jobs that help people raise their families.” And to that end, Merida is not only helping rebuild the weaving industry in the old Massachusetts mill city of Fall River, but she has teamed up with GoodWeave to support weavers in Nepal.
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Caccese Collection LLC

The rug industry seems a long way from the frantic world of finance in which Tyla Caccese was trained. However, Tyla, founder of Caccese Collection, has always had a passion for design, for the environment and for social causes. Collaborating with GoodWeave® supports her core values. “I don’t want to sell a product if I can’t stand behind it 100 percent,” she says. “Being a member of GoodWeave helps me do that.”
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Rosemary Hallgarten

Textile artist Rosemary Hallgarten believes it is a great privilege to be able to align her personal values with her work. "With GoodWeave®," she explains, "I am not only sure that the work is done in decent conditions, but also that I am contributing to the education of the workers and their families."
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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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Classic Rug Collection

Classic Rug Collection is the brainchild of Barbara Barran, a design veteran whose shift to production in Nepal enabled her to add new offerings for her clients while giving back to the children of South Asia by partnering with GoodWeave®.
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Carini Lang

For Joseph and Aurelie of Carini Lang, a rug’s essence must appeal to both the eyes and the heart. Much more than a simple floor covering, each carpet represents the energy of all the individuals involved in its making, and a rug made with child labor carries a negative energy that can be seen in the carpet and felt in the room. Carini Lang’s participation in the GoodWeave® certification program ensures that the rugs convey beauty, inside and out.
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Kristiina Lassus

When Kristiina Lassus created her line of hand knotted carpets, she immediately turned to GoodWeave®. She said, “I just felt I wanted the people doing the weaving to benefit, not just by having work but by providing shelter and education for their children.”
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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
Bronzino Handmade Inc
byHenzel
Caccese Collection LLC
Cadrys
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
Judy Ross Textiles
Julie Dasher Rugs
Khawachen/Innerasia
Kim Parker Home
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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