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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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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Lindstrom Rugs

Erik Lindstrom isn't content to be "just a rug guy." As owner of Lindstrom Rugs, Erik looks to create works of art that help people pursue "the endless search for moral well-being." In his view, this means designing timeless patterns that are woven with honest labor. So when Erik had to find Nepali weavers for his designs, partnering with GoodWeave® was the natural choice.
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Gary Cruz Studio

Growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast in a tiny fishing village that doubled as an art colony, Gary Cruz fell in love with the patterns and colors in nature. That love, along with a keen knowledge of proportion and scale honed by formal training as an architect, is reflected in the custom, hand-knotted rugs of Gary Cruz Studio.  In describing his affiliation with GoodWeave®, Gary speaks in architectural terms.  As an avid supporter of the organization, he says GoodWeave membership is an “essential building block” of his company.
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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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Paramount Rugs

The Bhattarai family knew that the rug business was a chance to create jobs and serve their community. In the words of Roshan Bhattarai of award-winning Paramount Rugs, “My father was an orphaned child and we learned from him always to ask ourselves, ‘What can we do for others?’ ” And so, working with a manager who was already involved with GoodWeave®, the Bhattarais set out to make beautiful rugs and help educate the weavers’ children.
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Organic Weave

Linda Alexanian, co-founder of Organic Weave, is by no means a newcomer to the rug industry; in fact, she is the third generation of her family in the business. “Rugs are in our blood. I can’t do anything but rugs,” she says, laughing. A concern for social justice also runs deep in the family. “The work GoodWeave® does is absolutely an extension of our beliefs,” says Linda.
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Julie Dasher Rugs

For Julie Dasher, founder and lead designer of Julie Dasher Rugs, shifting careers four years ago from human resources consultant to rug designer wasn't that big of a leap. Julie's love of quilt patterns, her lifelong passion for textiles and an abiding respect for craftspeople brought her simultaneously to rug design and GoodWeave®.
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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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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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è bella

A self-confessed “texture junkie,” it was easy for owner Nicole Linton  to see how importing rugs could help the artisans she so admired. When she decided to expand her line to include rugs woven in India and Nepal, it was natural to turn to GoodWeave®.

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