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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Tailor-Made Textiles

The rug industry seems a long way from the frantic world of finance in which Tyla Caccese was trained. However, Tyla, founder of Tailor-Made Textiles, has always had a passion for design, for the environment and for social causes. Collaborating with GoodWeave® supports her core values. “I don’t want to sell a product if I can’t stand behind it 100 percent,” she says. “Being a member of GoodWeave helps me do that.”
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RUG STAR

When Jürgen Dahlmanns set up carpet production in Nepal, joining forces with GoodWeave was a natural for the owner of Berlin-based RUG STAR. “It is my conviction that we bear responsibility for our actions, both as producers and as consumers. Everything we do has global and social implications, and we have an obligation to make sure that we cause no damage to the world and its population.”
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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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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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Ariana Rugs Inc.

Ariana Rugs owners Ahmad, Alex and Nadia Ahmadi are siblings who learned every aspect of weaving as part of a family deeply engaged in and passionate about carpet weaving. Today their company is part of the revitalization of the handmade carpet industry in their homeland of Afghanistan and GoodWeave’s first licensee there. Ariana’s beautiful modern aesthetic, gorgeous colors, perfectionism in craft and commitment to ethical business have created a high demand for the brand around the world.
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elson & company

Elson & company was founded with three core priorities: working with top design talent, producing a premier product and being a philanthropic member of the community. Company founder Diane Elson Bankoff joined the GoodWeave® certification program as one of its early U.S. supporters.
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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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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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Square Foot by Lina Miranda

New York-born designer Lina Miranda has a mission: share the complex beauty of custom, handmade rugs with her adopted country, Brazil. And for Lina, that means not just knowing about the rugs but also the people who made them.  

Being a GoodWeave® member helps her achieve just that. “I know exactly where my rugs come from and who makes them. They’re not made in some village or house I don’t have access to or where kids are working,” she says. 
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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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