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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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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Lapchi

In 2001, while working and studying in Kathmandu, Salman Khan and Kerry Smith envisioned an approach to carpet-making based on the desire of customers for freedom of expression in designing their living and working environments. They named their venture Lapchi―Tibetan for "abode of creative energy"―and partnered with the GoodWeave® rug certification program to assure clients that their highly customized designs are accompanied by the best labor practices.
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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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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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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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The Rug Company

During the last 12 years, Christopher and Suzanne Sharp have made the Rug Company the place for stunningly beautiful contemporary handmade rugs. The Sharps demand that their 15 stores, scattered across the globe, be not only profitable but also sustainable and ethical. Naturally, they have joined GoodWeave® in its quest to end child labor in the rug industry.
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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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Robin Gray Design

Santa Fe-based designer Robin Gray launched her rug business to help sustain the native techniques and traditions of gifted artisans, whose skills have often been passed down for generations. "My aim," she says, "is to preserve the cultural heritage and help sustain the livelihoods of my artisan partners." Robin's membership in GoodWeave® helps her achieve this by ensuring that the skilled adults weaving her rugs are not economically marginalized.
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Liz Gamberg Studio

After three decades working as a math teacher, ceramicist and collage artist, Liz Gamberg took what she calls “the leap of faith.” As she puts it, “I was interested in rugs and just wanted to see what would happen.” What happened was everyone who saw her hand-knotted Tibetan wool rugs wanted to buy them.

Working in ceramics and collage, Liz had total control of the process. As a rug designer, however, she had to relinquish some of that control. Her first concern, she says, was to make sure this new work “did no harm.” Aligning with GoodWeave® assured her of that.

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Nying Zemo

Nying Zemo, which means “beautiful” in the Tibetan language, was the ideal choice as a name for their company; so thought Shalini Acharya-Holman and Simmy Pappachen. It so perfectly expressed their vision, that beautiful works of art can be translated into rugs, which is precisely the concept for their company. They established Nying Zemo in 2006 with the mission of creating art for the floor. Nying Zemo marries the time-honored tradition and exceptional quality of hand-knotted Tibetan-rugs with an art-focused, contemporary aesthetic.
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GoodWeave Licensed Brands

Alicia D. Keshishian/Carpets of Imagination
Amy Helfand Studio
AnnMaria Baldine Designs
Apeiron Design LLC
Ariana Rugs Inc.
Artizen Rug Couture Ltd.
Asha Carpets
Barbara Jacobs Color and Design
Bennett Bean Studio
Bev Hisey
BravinLee Programs
Bronzino Handmade Inc
byHenzel
Caccese Collection LLC
Cadrys
CALVIRUGS
Carini Lang
Classic Rug Collection Inc.
Company C
Custom Cool
Danielle David Grinnen Art and Design LLC
Diane Paparo Studio Ltd.
Doug & Gene Meyer Studio
è bella
ecoFiber Custom Rugs
Eeuwes Studio
elson & company
emma gardner design llc
Fusion Trading Company
Gary Cruz Studio
Guildcraft Carpets
I+I srl
Indo Designer Rugs
Inigo Elizalde Rugs
Interior Resources
Judy Ross Textiles
Julie Dasher Rugs
Khawachen/Innerasia
Kim Parker
Kooches
Kristiina Lassus
Kumari Rugs
Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting
Lapchi
Layne Goldsmith Studio
Lindstrom Rugs
liv interior
Liz Gamberg Studio
Liza Phillips Design
M & M Design International Inc.
Magdalena York Collection
malene b
Merida
Messenger Rugs
Miller Davis Group
Modern Archive, LLC
Molana Inc.
Nepal Rugs & Carpets
New Moon
NIBA Rug Collections
NOA Living
Nordic Home Interiors
notNeutral
Nying Zemo
Organic Weave
Paramount Rugs
Pedro Lima Interiors
Proper Rugs
Robin Gray Design
Rosemary Hallgarten
Rug Art
RUG STAR
Rug Studio
RUGGUY GALLERIEZ, INC.
Sara Schneidman Gallery
Satia Art + Floor
Serâser
Somace Design
Square Foot by Lina Miranda
Stephanie Odegard Collection
Stile BK
Tania Johnson Design
The Fine Rug Gallery at Macy's
The Rug Company
Tibetan Karma Carpets
Timberlake Textiles
Warp & Weft
Zoë Luyendijk Studio

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