Six more rug companies recently joined the GoodWeave certification program, which works to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia. Participants in the GoodWeave program must adhere to a strictly monitored no-child-labor policy, and make a financial contribution to help fund education and other services for rescued children and those at risk of entering the work force.
Check out the newest additions to the GoodWeave program below:
According to GoodWeave's recent press release, more than 3,600 children have been rescued from exploitation on carpet looms and offered rehabilitation, education, vocational training, and other services. Worldwide, 7.5 million rugs have been certified as child-labor-free since 1995, and an estimated 1,500 retail outlets carry GoodWeave certified rugs in the U.S. and Canada alone.
The newest additions to GoodWeave's certification program include:
- New York-based Diane Paparo Studio designs, produces and sells an array of elegant contemporary home furnishings, to include a line of fine Italian linens, handcrafted American furniture and GoodWeave certified, hand knotted rugs.
- I + I srl is an Italian design company specializing in limited edition furniture, objets d'art for the home and conceptual handmade rugs. Its certified rugs, found in private collections and museums, are hand woven and hand knotted in Nepal and India.
- Inigo Elizalde Rugs offers a variety of types of rugs. Its line of GoodWeave certified rugs – all handmade, 100 knot count – is produced in Kathmandu, Nepal, where the New York-based studio is developing a new collection using 100% undyed organic wools.
- The Miller Davis Group, based in Chattanooga, Tenn., produces New Zealand-wool hand-knotted and machine-made rugs, as well as hand-knotted Tibetan carpets made in Nepal. Clients include actor Vince Vaughn, the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and the British royal family.
- Modern Fever offers limited-edition and custom contemporary rugs sold in its flagship San Francisco showroom. All Modern Fever rugs are 100 knots, and are made from silk, wool, hemp or other natural materials using all-natural dyes produced in Nepal.
- New York-based textile designer Tania Johnson, previously with Calvin Klein Home, recently developed her own collection under Tania Johnson Design. Johnson uses textural photographs of nature to create an original collection of hand knotted rugs.