WASHINGTON, D.C.–Six more U.S. rug companies have joined GoodWeave to commit to a child-labor-free supply chain for production of their products: è bella, Noa Living, Tibetan Karma Carpets, Lindstrom Rugs, Mia Muratori and Co. and Somace Design.
è bella offers indigenous South American designs and colors for a contemporary audience. Noa Living sells “ethno-modern” carpets, a style that references distinct cultures but with modern Western appeal. Tibetan Karma Carpets was born out of a desire to help a tiny Tibetan village sell its handmade rugs. Lindstrom Rugs’ line of organic rug patterns is inspired by naturally occurring formations such as tree bark, peeling paint and chipped concrete. Artist Mia Muratori branched out into rug design after realizing the connection between her artwork and traditional Oriental and Tibetan symbols. Somace Design, based in Honolulu, creates rugs with a sense of Hawaiian family spirit—’ohana—and a modern Pacific feel. With these six, GoodWeave now licenses almost a total of 100 North American importers.
“We’re proud of all the companies that have stepped forward to take a stand for children in weaving communities,” said Nina Smith, executive director of GoodWeave USA. “They make it easier for consumers to find rugs they can buy with a clear conscience, and bring us closer to our vision of a child-labor-free industry.”
GoodWeave works to end child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in weaving communities in India, Nepal and Afghanistan. This year it is implementing an expanded production standard that includes improving adult working conditions and lessening impact on the environment.
Each GoodWeave rug carries a label with a number that can be traced through the supply chain, certifying that the rug was made child-labor-free. Since 1995, 11 million rugs bearing the GoodWeave label have been sold worldwide, and the number of “carpet kids” has dropped from 1 million to 250,000.