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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Rug Studio

Linda Alexanian, who founded the Rug Studio with partner and husband Derek Galbraith, is the third generation of her family of rug importers. "For the past three generations," she says laughing, "the first word spoken by any child in our family is 'rug.'" Because she grew up with a family accustomed to supporting medical and educational services for weavers and their families, joining GoodWeave® was a perfect fit for the Custom Atelier division of the company.
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Serâser

"It seems like I always knew I wanted a life in art," says Pauline Curtiss of Boston-based Serâser. She remembers playing on carpets as a child and being more interested in the designs on the rug than the game at hand. Pauline traces her concern with helping others to growing up in a family dedicated to volunteer work. "Helping others was just a part of our lives," she says. "And that's what GoodWeave® does by making sure that people treat each other kindly."
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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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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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Company C Inc

Christine and Walter Chapin launched Company C Inc., a designer and manufacturer of hand-crafted area rugs, on a hunch that consumers would respond well to less traditional options in Oriental rug designs. That insight paid off, and as the company took hold, the Chapins signed up with the GoodWeave® certification program to ensure that its mills hired only skilled adult weavers.
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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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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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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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Inigo Elizalde Rugs

The way Inigo Elizalde of Inigo Elizalde Rugs tells it, a visit to Barcelona’s Picasso Museum at age 11 changed his life. “It made me want to be an artist,” he says. The unfolding of that process included a degree in painting from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, work as an art director in the New York theater world, and a stint as a designer for Anthropologie. Nothing, however, has engaged Inigo the way rugs do.
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Rug Art

"We had more guts than experience," laughs Sigal Sasson when she talks about the leap she and her husband took in opening Rug Art eight years ago. Their guts and talent have paid off. With two showrooms in California and others in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Florida, Rug Art designs some of the most sought-after rugs in the industry. Joining GoodWeave® was an easy choice, after they visited a GoodWeave school. "Once we saw those kids, we just looked at their faces and then at each other and said, 'Let's do it.'"
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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
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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
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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
Ramri 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
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