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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Carini Lang

For Joseph and Aurelie of Carini Lang, a rug’s essence must appeal to both the eyes and the heart. Much more than a simple floor covering, each carpet represents the energy of all the individuals involved in its making, and a rug made with child labor carries a negative energy that can be seen in the carpet and felt in the room. Carini Lang’s participation in the GoodWeave® certification program ensures that the rugs convey beauty, inside and out.
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Guildcraft Carpets

Guildcraft Carpets believes that each rug design lends itself to a particular interpretation of wool and weave. Using the finest natural materials such as mohair, silk, hemp and New Zealand and exotic wools, and the best vegetable and metal-complex dyes, Guildcraft Carpets creates beautiful and enduring works that are certified as child-labor-free by GoodWeave®.
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NOA Living

Three generations. Five continents. One family. This is how NOA Living explains the history of their company. Owner Sam Nehme’s biggest influence was his grandfather, a merchant in textiles and handmade objects who was born in Lebanon but traveled the world—not an easy task in the early 20th century.
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Kumari Rugs

By teaching North American business techniques in his homeland of Nepal, and bringing trade delegations from Nepal to his adopted home in the American South, Raja Bhattacharya, founder of Kumari Rugs, has stimulated a commercial exchange between two unlikely trading partners. “I’ve always looked for ways to help Nepal, and with the collaboration of GoodWeave®, that is exactly what I’m now able to do,” says Raja.

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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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Somace Design

Based in Honolulu, Somace Design creates rugs with a sense of Hawaiian family spirit—'ohana—and a modern Pacific feel. A family venture between designer Kaypee Soh and managing director Edward Macey, Somace Design has grown from a small local rug boutique to a nationally recognized business whose lush, colorful rugs are in demand from coast to coast. By partnering with GoodWeave®, So'mace further embraces the spirit of 'ohana by ensuring that its rugs are free of child labor and woven only by skilled adult artisans.
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Zoë Luyendijk Studio
As a carpet designer, Zoë Luyendijk follows her heart. Inspired by the beauty of nature, the timelessness of myth and the works of other artists, Zoë generates unique designs. As a businesswoman, she again follows her heart. No child labor is used to make her carpets. Hand-knotted in Nepal from silk, wool and hemp, all her carpets are GoodWeave® certified, and hence made with fair labor practices.
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M & M Design International

Tired of seeing so much of the same product in the market, brothers Joel and Mark Karimzadeh, third-generation rug manufacturers, started M & M Design International. From its London and New York locations, M & M offers traditional Oriental rugs, custom-made designer rug collections and custom-produced area rugs. In addition to custom designs, the company's membership in the GoodWeave® certification program helps to set it apart.
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CALVIRUGS

When José Calvi of Monterrey, Mexico-based CALVIRUGS turned his attention from architecture and sculpture to rug design, he had absolutely no idea just how much fun the new business would be. There’s the travel not only around North America but to Italy, South Africa, China, India and Nepal.  There’s the design adventure as he re-imagines his sculptural work in hand woven wool, silk and hemp.  But most of all, he says, there’s the joy of integrating art with social issues. “That’s where GoodWeave® comes in,” says José.
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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®. “Integrity is extremely important to our brand. And that’s what GoodWeave stands for.”
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