A luxury, handmade rug is often the centerpiece of a room, literally the thread that ties the space together. When a designer or end consumer sources a carpet or rug, they learn intricate details about the materials, design, and color. Rarely, though, do they know about the hands that tied the knots.
That’s where GoodWeave International comes in. Founded 25 years ago, GoodWeave is dedicated to ending child labor and improving adult working conditions in the making of carpets, home textiles, garments, fashion accessories, and more.
In the carpet industry, GoodWeave partners with over 170 brands around the world – including High Point Market exhibitors Company C, Loloi, and New Moon – to ensure their rug producers adhere to our clear and rigorous standards. We verify compliance by regularly mapping and inspecting factories, worksites, and facilities all the way down to cottage industry sites and individual homes. These inspections sometimes lead us to exploited children, whom we offer rehabilitation and education. To date, GoodWeave has rescued nearly 7,700 child laborers and provided education to more than 36,000 children through programs in India, Nepal, and Afghanistan. These social programs are heavily subsidized through the sale of GoodWeave certified rugs.