Monday, February 10, 2014

Help end child labor in rug making--Buy Goodweave-certified rugs

You may have seen the recent study by Harvard University that documented more than 3,000 cases of forced labor in India’s handmade carpet sector.  Awareness of this tragedy is the beginning of the end of child labor.  According to Goodweave, the non-profit based in Washington, D.C. working to end child labor in the handmade rug industry, there are over 250,000 children in Southeast Asia losing their childhoods due to bonded labor on the loom.




I don't believe that there any many people in this world who would knowingly buy rugs made by children.  To be sure that your rug is not made by a child, you can buy a Goodweave-certified rug.

Julie Dasher Rugs is a licensed importer with Goodweave and every one of our rugs has a label on the back of the rug which documents that it is child-labor free.  We donate a percentage of our profits each year to support education and community service in our weaving communities.


Photo courtesy of Goodweave
 Contact us to learn more or if you have other questions about our handmade rugs.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hand-woven rugs a “knotty” business for our Rug Guru - Sweet Peas Design

Susan Brunstrum, Principal of Sweet Peas Design in Chicago, speaks to our hand-knotted rugs.  Click on this link to see a beautiful Lily Pad rug created for one of her clients.

Hand-woven rugs a “knotty” business for our Rug Guru - Sweet Peas Design

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Our latest video...we love rugs!

Take a look at this video and enjoy looking at our rugs.  You will see many of our designs...on the loom and in beautiful rooms created by our talented interior designer clients.  Enjoy!




Friday, June 7, 2013

Rugs for a Neutral Palette


As much as I love color, I do appreciate the value of using texture and neutral colors as a subtle backdrop.  Here are a few rugs that we've created that showcase the beauty of "beige and gray."  Often times, the texture created with raised wool, raised silk or the type of weave such as our new lock weave can be just the ticket in a space where the client is looking for a timeless, classic aesthetic.

Loopy Diamonds pattern with lock weave and raised wool dots


Quatrefoil pattern with raised silk

Lotus and Wedding Rings pattern with raised wool

Turkish Coffee pattern with heavy abrash in field of rug





Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Let kids be kids...

Let kids be kids...that is why I support Goodweave in their efforts to prevent child labor in the rug making industry!

A child in India celebrating the Festival of Colors...what a beautiful site!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Today is the Festival of Colors!

Today is the Festival of Colors, a national holiday in Nepal and India...2 countries where our rugs are produced.  The holiday is also called Festival Holi and has many purposes.  It celebrates spring first and foremost and originally signified fertile land and favorable harvests.  As a way to say farewell to winter, the festival is a time of enjoying spring's beautiful colors.  In addition to this, the holiday commemorates events from Hindu mythology and has a religious purpose.  Today...participants will hold a bonfire, throw colored powder and celebrate in a grand way!

People throwing colored powder to celebrate the holiday

Colored Powder


Friday, March 22, 2013

White Tiger

This traditional Nepalese tiger design was custom colored for a client who loves WHITE TIGERS.  It always amazes me how much color can influence a design.

White Tiger--Custom-Colored in grey and white tones

Tiger in traditional Nepalese colors