Every Organic Weave rug is certified free of illegal child labor
by the internationally recognized organization, GoodWeave
We make the rugs, you make the difference.
Our Founder, Linda Alexanian, on child labor:
Linda Alexanian is by no means a newcomer to the rug industry; in fact, she is the third generation of her family in the business. “Rugs are in my blood. I can’t do anything but rugs,” she says, laughing. A concern for social justice also runs deep in the family. “The work GoodWeave does is absolutely an extension of our beliefs,” says Linda. (Source: GoodWeave)
How did you get involved with the fight to end child labor in India's carpet industry?
"In many ways my life has been a magic carpet ride, from touring our rug stores with my father as a young child to later traveling with him to India on buying trips.
Although I’ve only worked in the rug business, this wasn’t my original plan. After my undergraduate studies, I took a year off to travel around the world in 1990. Mid way through my travels, my parents invited me to join them on a buying trip in India. During our tour of the carpet weaving area surrounding the city of Varanasi, I was introduced to our company's network of 13 rug suppliers.
With only one exception, these 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”. I took on the task, decided not to pursue law school, and I joined our family rug retailing business. Within one year of becoming the rug buyer, I was purchasing from only one source – a company that became a founding member of RugMark (now GoodWeave), an NGO dedicated to eradicating child labor in the handmade carpet industry. Fast forward to 2022, and this company is my partner in Organic Weave.
We firmly believe that by offering sustainable income to adult artisans, families will prosper. What mother would send her child to work if she had an alternative?"