No Child Labor

No Child Labor

Who makes your rug from Silk Road Weaves? Only adult artisans!
It is critical to me as an artist that no illegal child labor is ever used in the rugs we make for you.

Of special note: The company that weaves Silk Road Weaves™ rugs for us is owned by one of the founders of Rugmark™. In 1997, the owner received an award of distinction from MAHR (Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights), for fighting against child labor, especially in the carpet industry, and was honored for running her company with certain social philosophies and outstanding ethical business practices that include many employee benefits as part of their company structure.

GoodWeave certified no child labor

Each rug from Silk Road Weaves carries a Goodweave label that certifies it as child-labor-free. Rescuing the children from working and placing them in schools where they can receive an education has multiple benefits to the families in general.

As a member of Goodweave, a percentage of all sales of Silk Road Weaves Tibetan rugs is donated to the goal of eliminating child labor in the carpet industry.

To learn more, visit Formerly known as RugMark, the new GoodWeave label assures that no children under age 14 were employed by the facility responsible for making the labeled rug.

You can help eliminate child labor in the rug industry. It’s all about the Human Connection.

This special construction creates a more durable rug and, combined with the top quality materials we use,  is just part of what makes your rugs from Silk Road Weaves™  works of art that you can expect to become heirlooms for future generations.

Long-Fiber Tibetan wool
Wool for Silk Road Weaves is obtained from the sheep reared in the cold, high mountains of Tibet. The fibers of this Himalayan wool have an average length of 6 to 9 inches. This superior long fiber wool holds the dye properly and has smooth surface for long-lasting luster that only improves with age. This is the highest quality Tibetan wool available. Silk Road Weaves rugs also use silk and have options for plant fibers like Allo, Linen, Hemp, and many other materials.

What is Allo?
A plant that is indigenous to the mountains of Nepal, where Silk Road Weaves rugs are made. Another term for this plant is “Giant Himalayan Nettle.” To create the fiber for weaving, the plant undergoes a multi-stage manual processing. The result: a beautiful textural fiber that makes a beautiful companion to both wool and silk.

What is Tweeding?
Barbara’s careful selection of fiber types, dye processes and color combine with a special weaving technique that  produces an amazing quality of color field depth that is both subtle and dramatic.

Silk Road Weaves – the Journey

Welcome to The Journey – From Inspiration to You!
I’ve created this two-part slide show to introduce you to Silk Road Weaves from the beginning. We’re GoodWeave-certified so you can be confident there’s no child labor used in creating these unique works of art for your floors.

In Part I, A Window Within, you will have a glimpse into the materials and process of making a hand knotted Tibetan rug in the traditional method.
View Power Point Part 1

Part II shares with you a little about my creative and design process, including the steps in making a custom rug.
View Power Point Part 2

I hope you will enjoy viewing each one, and sharing them with your friends.

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