WASHINGTON, D.C.–Five companies—Artizen Rug Couture, Bronzino Handmade, Fusion Tradition Company, Molana Inc. and Paramount Rugs—have joined GoodWeave’s licensee portfolio, which means they have earned the GoodWeave child-labor-free label and that their partnership fees will go toward GoodWeave’s mission.
Founded by former Tibetan refugee Tenzin Woeser, Artizen Rug Couture Ltd. is based in Toronto and offers custom handmade rugs using natural organic fibers. Bronzino Handmade’s handknotted wool and silk rug category started after interior designers Linda Corbett and Andrew Fee decided to add rugs to Fee’s handcrafted custom furniture line. Fusion Trading Company, based in Ottawa, produces custom carpets and only worked with factories that provide good, ethical working conditions for its employees. Founded by Vahid Shahidi, Molana Inc. offers both custom carpets made with all-natural fibers as well as antique rugs. Paramount Rugs was a women’s apparel importer when the Bhattarai family decided to switch to manufacturing carpets, and they knew the rug business would help create jobs and serve communities.
“These companies, from both Canada and the U.S., have stepped up to the plate and not only voiced their concern for children in the weaving communities, but also assisted us in moving forward to make justice in the rug industry a reality,” said GoodWeave’s Executive Director, Nina Smith. “And importantly, each of their memberships helps consumers enjoy beautiful rugs made ethically.”
With the addition of these five companies, GoodWeave’s industry membership tops 120 brands globally.