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Growing up in Asia and Europe, Beth Arrowood, president and owner of Miami-based NIBA Rug Collections, had a childhood rich with travel. She says, however, that her very first trip to India at age 13 still ranks as the most powerful. It wasn’t just the “adventurous mix of colors and sounds” in India that engaged her young sensibility, she says. It was also the people she met and the work she saw them do that fascinated her. “At an early age I was keenly aware of how other people live in the world,” she says. That early insight explains, in part, why she is so happy to be in the rug industry. “I love helping to keep the tradition of rug making alive, keeping people employed and doing something good in another part of the world. It’s the whole package!” she explains.  And part of that “package” is her membership in RugMark. “There is just no way we would work with a factory that is not inspected by RugMark,” she says emphatically. More >

RugMark’s new How to Buy a Rug guide now makes it easier for individuals to buy handmade rugs that are both visually beautiful and ethically made.  The guide, which distills the often daunting process of purchasing a handmade rug into five steps, stresses the importance of selecting a carpet that is made by skilled adult artisans. More >
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