Let’s start with why you should buy an artisan made rug. First and foremost, like most industries, the modern rug industry runs on cheap labor, including child labor, often forced child labor. Modern rugs are cheaply made with synthetic materials and harmful chemicals and so, like fast fashion, are not made to withstand generations. These modern rug making practices are threatening to eliminate the traditional art form of hand looming rugs by skilled (adult) artisans. Purchasing an ethically made rug ensures that this traditional art form lives, provides fair living wages to artisans and gives you a high-quality rug that is made to last. Win win win. Here are 10 companies where you can buy an artisan made rug online.
ETHICS // Artisan made rug. Fair trade practices. Made with natural & sustainable fibers. Gives back.
BEST FOR // Oversized heirloom rugs.
NOTE // Check out their We Made Too Many section for some good deals.
ETHICS // Made in US from recycled plastic water bottles.
BEST FOR // Large high-traffic areas.
NOTE // Free US Shipping.
ETHICS // Artisan made rug. Sustainable materials. Fair Wages. Gives back.
BEST FOR // Flat-weave accent rugs.
NOTE // Free US shipping & returns.
ETHICS / Artisan made rug using natural materials & dye. Gives back.
BEST FOR // Colorful rugs for kid’s rooms & high-traffic areas.
NOTES// Machine Washable! Free shipping over $75.
ETHICS // Artisan made rug. Natural materials & dyes. Fair trade wages.
BEST FOR // Cozy & contemporary shag rugs.
NOTES // Free Shipping over $250
ETHICS // Artisan made rug. Fair trade principles. Gives back.
BEST FOR // Oversized modern cotton rugs.
NOTES // Based in Australia. Heavy rugs cannot be shipped internationally.
ETHICS // Artisan made rug. Fair trade principles. Natural materials.
BEST FOR // Earth-toned mini rugs.
NOTES // Based in Australia with international shipping available.
ETHICS // Vintage artisan made rugs. Re-dyed with natural dye.
BEST FOR // One of a kind vintage Turkish rug.
NOTES // Free Shipping over $50
ETHICS // Non-toxic. Fair trade certified. Made with organic cotton.
BEST FOR // Rag rugs for play mats, kitchen & laundry room.
NOTES // Machine washable & hand-loomed with leftover scraps from their clothing production.
ETHICS // Artisan made rug. Fair Trade Certified.
BEST FOR // Modern rugs for every room.
NOTES // Search “Fair trade” to find all West Elm’s fair trade certified products.