If you're in the market for a stylish and sustainable handmade rug, you can now choose from five new textile companies that have joined GoodWeave in a pledge to end child labor in their industry.The handmade rug industry has one of the highest child labor rates in the world. Independent certifying agency and global nonprofit GoodWeave has certified more than 80 rug importers to ensure that a rug was produced by a skilled adult artisan, not a child. It raises awareness on child exploitation and conducts frequent, unannounced inspections at the weaving looms of certified partner companies. GoodWeave and its partners also provide educational opportunities and rehabilitation to former child weavers and other at-risk children in South Asia.
New to the GoodWeave certification program this year:
- CALVIRUGS of Monterrey, Mexico, creates sculptural and highly textural rugs using handwoven silk, wool and hemp. The company also donates yarn to indigenous Mexican weavers in collaboration with the Mohair Council of America.
- Based in Chicago, Illinois, owner Ruhaak of Christina Ruhaak Design contracts with ethical mills in Southeast Asia and Central America in the making of her silk and hand-spun Tibetan wool rugs.
- Canadian retailer Indo Designer Rugs Trading Inc. showcases hand-knotted wool and silk rugs sourced from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, and India.
- Tibetan-born founder Kesang Tashi of Hanover, New Hampshire-based InnerAsia promotes Tibetan arts and crafts, and has trained generations of weavers in the creation of both traditional and contemporary wool and silk rugs.
- West Coast designer Shivhon produces nature-inspired, handmade wool and silk knotted rugs from Nepal, while ensuring fair wages for workers and fair prices for consumers.
GoodWeave-certified rugs are available at over 1,000 retailers and showrooms in North America. Click here to find a certified brand or retailer in your area.