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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byHenzel

Asa and Calle Henzel—founders of the custom rug company byHenzel based in Gothenberg, Sweden—have always supported children’s rights and been active in Swedish children’s charities, so joining GoodWeave® was a natural decision. For both Asa and Calle, it is simply unimaginable that someone could purchase a rug made with child labor. “Absolutely everyone who works with rug manufacturers should have a certification,” Asa says firmly.
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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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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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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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SHIVHON

The way Hawaii- and L.A.-based interior designer Shirley Shivhon tells the story, she “just fell into the rug business” on a visit to Nepal. By a stroke of serendipity she met the patriarch of a family weaving business, visited the weavers at work, and was awestruck. “It’s crazy to watch what they do and see their talent,” Shirley says. From the start she knew that she herself would work only with a factory like the one she found, a factory that had good labor practices. But joining GoodWeave® does more than help her company, Shirley says; GoodWeave helps make a big difference across the entire industry.
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Stephanie Odegard Collection

Stephanie Odegard Collection was the first U.S. company to join GoodWeave® and continues to set the standard for social responsibility. Founded by Stephanie Odegard, a recognized leader in contemporary design, the company attributes its success to the twin pillars of good business and good deeds.
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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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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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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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tm interior

Tina Mirza, tm interior's founder and designer, has always had a passion for knitting and sewing, so it's not surprising that after an early career in graphic design, she turned her hand to the business of carpet design. Starting her own rug company 10 years ago, however, was more than just business. It was sheer pleasure, she says. And having the GoodWeave® certification assured her that the people crafting her rugs would be treated fairly.
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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
Carini Lang
Christina Ruhaak Design
Classic Rug Collection Inc.
Company C
Custom Cool
Danielle David Grinnen Art and Design LLC
Diane Paparo Studio Ltd.
Doug & Gene Meyer Studio
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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 Home
Kooches
Kristiina Lassus
Kumari Rugs
Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting
Lapchi
Layne Goldsmith Studio
Lindstrom Rugs
Liz Gamberg Studio
Liza Phillips Design
M & M Design International Inc.
Magdalena York Collection
malene b
Merida Meridian, Inc.
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.
Satia Art + Floor
Serâser
SHIVHON
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
tm interior
Warp & Weft
Zoë Luyendijk Studio

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