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Rug FAQs

How will I know if my rug was made by children who were exploited?

Look for the certified and numbered RugMark label on the back of an imported rug. Itís your best assurance that no children were exploited in the manufacture of the carpet or rug. You can verify your RugMark rug online and trace its origin.

How much more does a RugMark certified rug cost?

The cost to the consumer is typically only half a percent of the total retail price. On a $2,000 rug, that amounts to only $10. Thatís a small price to pay for a child to enjoy childhood. Plus, the sale of the rugs helps fund rehabilitation and education programs for children who previously were exploited in the carpet industry.

Is there a difference in quality of a RugMark-certified rug?

Rugs that are made with experienced, adult hands are of a higher quality and more beautifully woven since fine detail work takes decades of practice and the patience of an adult weaver. Learn what to look for in a rug.

Where can I buy RugMark certified rugs?

You can buy RugMark certified rugs at many retail locations and online.

How can I explain to my interior designer, architect or local carpet dealer that I want a RugMark certified rug?†

Just ask them to show you rugs with the RugMark label. Your interior designer or architect can view the online Rug Showroom or find ≠a conveniently located showroom.

What is RugMark?

RugMark is a global nonprofit organization working to end illegal child labor in the South Asian handmade carpet industry and offer educational opportunities to children in India, Nepal and Pakistan.† RugMark certifies rugs made without illegal child labor, rescues and rehabilitates working children, and builds a marketplace for humanely produced rugs carrying the RugMark label.