RugMark is working to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia.

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Child-Labor-Free Certification

RugMark randomly inspects the looms of companies that agree to employ adults only. Through independent certification and rigorous inspections you know your rug is child-labor-free.

To receive the RugMark certification, manufacturers sign a legally binding contract to:

  • produce carpets without illegal child labor
  • register all looms with the RugMark Foundation
  • allow access to looms for unannounced inspections
  • pay associated license fees.

To ensure compliance, carpet looms are monitored regularly by inspectors trained and supervised by RugMark. To protect against counterfeit labeling, each label is numbered so its origin can be traced back to the loom on which the rug was produced. As an extra assurance that children will not be employed, nonprofit child welfare organizations not affiliated with RugMark are given access to looms and factories inspected by RugMark. 

In the United States, only licensed RugMark importers are legally permitted to sell carpets carrying the RugMark label