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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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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Gallery la Musa

It was a fortuitous journey that led AnnMaria Baldine—founder of Washington, DC’s Gallery la Musa—from studies for a career in illustration and advertising to rug design. Her concern for the well-being of weavers and their children, however, is no accident. She has been committed to service since childhood. “It is very important to me,” she says, “that children are protected. GoodWeave® is a wonderful way to make sure they aren’t exploited.”
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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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Liza Phillips Design

When artist and designer Liza Phillips launched her company in 2004, she knew its philosophy would be based on good design and good labor practices. Having several workshops in Kathmandu, Liza understood the industry's potential for exploitation. Determined to do everything possible to better the lives of weavers and their children as they face the future, she joined the GoodWeave® certification program.
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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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Kooches

Tom DeMarco, founder of New York-based Kooches, was an early supporter of the GoodWeave® certification program. But what really made DeMarco want to join GoodWeave was learning that its program not only rescued and educated child weavers, it also educated the children of adult weavers―a holistic and sustainable approach.
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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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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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Merida

When Catherine Connolly, Merida’s CEO and owner 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 and India.
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Molana Inc.

When Vahid Shahidi, founder of Molana Inc., speaks about rugs, whether the custom carpets he creates with all natural fibers or the antique rugs he has spent a lifetime studying, he speaks with a rare kind of reverence. “I don’t want to benefit from others’ poor circumstances,” he says of his commitment to the weavers and their families. His alliance with GoodWeave® has buttressed his own values.
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