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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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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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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NIBA Rug Collections

"I love helping to keep the tradition of rug making alive, keeping people employed and doing something good in another part of the world. It's the whole package!" declares Beth Arrowood, president and owner of Miami-based NIBA Rug Collections. And part of that package is her partnership with GoodWeave®. "There is just no way we would work with a factory that is not inspected by GoodWeave," she says emphatically.
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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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byHenzel

Asa and Calle Henzel—founders of the custom rug company byHenzel based in Gothenberg, Sweden—have always supported children’s rights and been active in Swedish children’s charities, so joining GoodWeave® was a natural decision. For both Asa and Calle, it is simply unimaginable that someone could purchase a rug made with child labor. “Absolutely everyone who works with rug manufacturers should have a certification,” Asa says firmly.
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Danielle David Grinnen Art and Design LLC

Watchful eyes, discerning sketches, intuitive color selection, excellent materials and expert hand knotting are some of the elements that come together to create the luxurious, limited-edition and custom rugs of Danielle David Grinnen Art and Design LLC. Artist and designer Danielle David Grinnen takes care that all carpets are designed and made with integrity, which is why she joined the GoodWeave® certification program.
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Sara Schneidman Inc.

As the child of a U.S. Foreign Service officer living in Southeast Asia and Italy, Sara Schneidman had no picket-fence childhood. She attributes much of her artistic vision to spending her early years abroad. Childhood years in Jakarta and Manila heightened Sara's sense of social justice, and membership in the GoodWeave® certification program now helps her make her ethical values into reality.
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Bennett Bean Studio

When internationally acclaimed ceramic artist Bennett Bean decided to expand into the medium of rug design, he wasn't content simply to avoid child labor—he wanted to do something about it. Partnering with GoodWeave® has enabled him to help rescued children gain an education, while ensuring that his artistic visions are realized with the skill that only adult artisans can supply.
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notNeutral

According to Julie Smith-Clementi, CEO of Los Angeles design company notNeutral, creating rugs was a natural addition to their home décor and kids' divisions. Since most modern design rugs focus on an adult market, notNeutral took on the joyful challenge of creating "hip, affordable kids’ rugs that are neither cutesy nor character-driven," says Julie. Concern for the well-being of kids is a given. "We wouldn’t have even started making rugs without GoodWeave®."
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