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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Inigo Elizalde Rugs

The way Inigo Elizalde of Inigo Elizalde Rugs tells it, a visit to Barcelona’s Picasso Museum at age 11 changed his life. “It made me want to be an artist,” he says. The unfolding of that process included a degree in painting from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, work as an art director in the New York theater world, and a stint as a designer for Anthropologie. Nothing, however, has engaged Inigo the way rugs do.
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Layne Goldsmith Studio

Hardly a newcomer to the world of art and design, Layne Goldsmith had a distinguished career as a textile artist and professor in the School of Art at the University of Washington. When she considered working in the rug industry, it was a given that there be absolutely no child labor involved. "I've always favored situations that provide equally to all concerned, and I support GoodWeave® because it does just that."
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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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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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Cadrys

When Mark Cadry of Cadrys, an Australian legacy rug company, calls himself a rug specialist, it is without a bit of exaggeration. Mark is a fourth generation rug merchant whose family legacy traces back to 19th-century Persia. “My oldest childhood memories are of rugs. My psyche is infused with the feel, look, history of rugs,” he says. For Mark, rugs are about family—his family and those of the weavers. That is most certainly why the partnership with GoodWeave® is so important to him. “My grandfather said when you leave the world, you leave nothing but your good name. That comes down to how you treated people while you were alive,” says Mark.
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Warp & Weft

Michael Mandapati, the owner of Warp & Weft, could never imagine that a summer job in a New Delhi rug gallery while attending college would reveal the passion of his life. His love for rugs has only grown over the past 20 years as his interest, nourished by desire to find a perfect rug for any space, has spread from antique and decorative rugs to modern designs.
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Tania Johnson Design

British-trained weaver Tania Johnson loves the rough-and-tumble activity of the weaving mill and its technical challenges.  She brings intimate knowledge of the weaving process and years of experience in textile design to the custom wool, silk and Pashmina hand knotted rugs her company, Tania Johnson Designs, offers. “I enjoy being inside the mills. I love the weavers’ skill and I respect the people involved in the process,” she says. “It’s important to create good conditions for the weavers and their children.” Joining forces with GoodWeave® helped Tania make that happen.
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Diane Paparo Studio Ltd.

Long before “Buy Local” was the bumper sticker phrase of the new century, the founder of Diane Paparo Associates Ltd. (dpa) was supporting local suppliers.  For Diane, buying local and American wasn’t about nationalism. It was about supporting communities and “doing what benefits everyone,” she says. When she decided she wanted to create handmade rugs and take her production to Nepal, she explains, “I knew I could rely on GoodWeave® to confirm that my rugs would be made without child labor and in a way that benefited the weavers’ community.”
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Messenger Rugs

In the age-old tradition of storytelling, Messenger Rugs seeks to instill hope and healing through rugs designed with visually inspired tales from cultures around the world. The GoodWeave® label on the underside of every Messenger Rug tells another story―that the weavers who made it were treated fairly.
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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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