I’m pretty sure NO ONE says: “when I grow up, I want to be in the rug business”.
I come from a family of rug merchants, and lucky for me, I love rugs.
I had no intention of ‘going into the family business’ when I went to India for the first time in 1990.
I had been traveling the world solo on a ‘gap’ year when I met up with my parents in India, as they began a buying trip for our family’s rug stores.. Slowly I was introduced to our company's network of 13 rug suppliers, in the ‘carpet belt’ of India, near the holy river Ganges.
With only one exception, our rug manufacturers used child labor, and made no effort to hide it. When I expressed my concern, my parents challenged me to "do something about it”.
Within one year of becoming the rug buye of our family business, I was purchasing from only one source – the only source that guaranteed no child labor would be used in our rugs - and my partner in Organic Weave. Together, we were founding members of RugMark, now GoodWeave.
We proudly offer rugs certified free of child labor by @goodweave_intl and our artisans earn a living wage. Ethical production is in our DNA.