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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Artizen Rug Couture Ltd.

A long and complicated journey took Artizen Rug Couture’s president, Tenzin Woeser, from a Tibetan refugee settlement in Dharamsala, India to a hip rug design studio in Toronto, Canada. The one constant to which Woeser held fast was his belief that aspiration is best guided by kindness. “As refugees, my family and I were always dependent on other people’s generosity. Returning that kindness is our obligation.” He wanted to make sure no weavers were exploited so, as he explained, “From the moment our first rug came off the loom, we made certain we had GoodWeave® certification!”
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Serâser

"It seems like I always knew I wanted a life in art," says Pauline Curtiss of Boston-based Serâser. She remembers playing on carpets as a child and being more interested in the designs on the rug than the game at hand. Pauline traces her concern with helping others to growing up in a family dedicated to volunteer work. "Helping others was just a part of our lives," she says. "And that's what GoodWeave® does by making sure that people treat each other kindly."
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Modern Archive, LLC

“I wanted to use my skills to help others,” Catherine Brown says. With her recent launch of Modern Archive and her collaboration with GoodWeave®, she is doing just that. “Right off the bat, I wanted my rugs certified so my customers and I could have peace of mind.”
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Timberlake Textiles

Cindy Timberlake, founder of Timberlake Textiles, has been fascinated with rugs since she was a child growing up in New Mexico, near the the Mexican border. There she also saw impoverished children selling on the streets to survive. "I’ve always felt that we have to bring the forgotten back into our lives and support them," she says. "It's our responsibility." She gratefully shares that responsibility through her company’s partnership with GoodWeave®.
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The Fine Rug Gallery at Macy’s

From a boot-strapping business borne of one man’s penchant for globetrotting to a thriving family company running the rug departments for America’s largest department store chain, Kenneth Mink's business has come a long way since its founding in 1972. In 2009 Mink's operation not only acquired leases to all 200 Macy's rug departments and macys.com, but also joined GoodWeave®, pledging to source rugs certified child-labor-free from its suppliers in India.
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Bronzino Handmade Inc

Any tale that begins, “It happened in a café in Rome” is bound to be fabulous and that is just how the story of Bronzino Handmade Inc’s hand knotted wool and silk rugs begins. The idea of using their own designs in a new medium was exciting, but, Linda Corbett says, equally compelling was that making rugs was a way to share. “Doing this work”, she continues, “gives us and our clients the absolute privilege to affect weavers’ lives in a positive way through GoodWeave®. It’s an honor.”
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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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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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Rug Art

"We had more guts than experience," laughs Sigal Sasson when she talks about the leap she and her husband took in opening Rug Art eight years ago. Their guts and talent have paid off. With two showrooms in California and others in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Florida, Rug Art designs some of the most sought-after rugs in the industry. Joining GoodWeave® was an easy choice, after they visited a GoodWeave school. "Once we saw those kids, we just looked at their faces and then at each other and said, 'Let's do it.'"
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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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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
CALVIRUGS
Carini Lang
Christina Ruhaak Design
Classic Rug Collection Inc.
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Custom Cool
Danielle David Grinnen Art and Design LLC
Diane Paparo Studio Ltd.
Doug & Gene Meyer Studio
è bella
ecoFiber Custom Rugs
Eeuwes Studio
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
liv interior
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
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
Warp & Weft
Zoë Luyendijk Studio

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