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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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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Kim Parker

When internationally acclaimed artist, textile designer and author Kim Parker decided to turn her exuberant paintings into magic carpets, all signs pointed to GoodWeave®.
 
“We noticed the GoodWeave logo on the websites of many companies that we really respect. We wanted to have that affiliation so that our clients could be comforted about the origins of our rugs as well,” said Kim, founder and creative director of Kim Parker Home®. “Integrity is extremely important to our brand. And that’s what GoodWeave stands for.”
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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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Nordic Home Interiors

Nordic Home Interiors imports its high-quality, handcrafted home furnishings and interiors directly from Norway—except for its hand-knotted custom rugs from Nepal. For these, co-founder Marit Andol Kringstad, who spent 15 years as the director of a youth center in Minneapolis, made a choice that fit with her deep commitment to children: she joined GoodWeave®.
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Doug & Gene Meyer Studio

They've been called master colorists, visionary, prolific and quirky. After over 20 years atop the fashion and design world, it seems that rugs were an inevitable medium for the talents of superhero designers Doug and Gene Meyer. Now their feats of wonder go beyond the color wheel—by partnering with GoodWeave, the dynamic Meyers duo is saving lives.
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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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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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RUGGUY GALLERIEZ, INC.

“Unlike many of my colleagues in the industry, I don’t come from a rug family tradition,” says Mark Readel, founder of RUGGUY GALLERIEZ. “We didn’t sell them, own them, or know anything about them. I fell into the rug business and fell in love with rugs.” From his first job cleaning carpets at age 17 to his role today as designer and manufacturer of high-end Tibetan rugs, Mark has been fascinated with the workmanship and the workers involved in the creation of handmade carpets. And from his first visit to a Kathmandu rug factory supported by GoodWeave®, Mark explains, “It just made sense to be part of this organization.”
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SHIVHON

The way Hawaii- and L.A.-based interior designer Shirley Shivhon tells the story, she “just fell into the rug business” on a visit to Nepal. By a stroke of serendipity she met the patriarch of a family weaving business, visited the weavers at work, and was awestruck. “It’s crazy to watch what they do and see their talent,” Shirley says. From the start she knew that she herself would work only with a factory like the one she found, a factory that had good labor practices. But joining GoodWeave® does more than help her company, Shirley says; GoodWeave helps make a big difference across the entire industry.
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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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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.
Company C
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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