Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rug pads are important

An often overlooked add-on to a rug purchase is a pad.  Rug pads, however, are very important for a variety of reasons which include increasing the longevity of the rug.  If you make an investment in a beautiful area rug, it is well worth it to spend a few dollars on a rug pad.  In addition to increasing the life of the rug, the pad secures the rug in place so that you, your friends and family will not slip on the rug and it also adds a cushiness under foot and makes the rug look more luxurious.  Finally, depending on the type of rug you have...hand-knotted, hand-tufted, bound carpet to mention a few...a rug pad can protect your floor from the backing on a rug that can scratch a floor.

The type of rug pad that I recommend is the Durahold rug pad.  It has a rubber backing on one side...that side sits on the floor...and a recycled felt pad on the other side.  See pictures below.

A great source for these rug pads is www.bestrugpads.com





Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Visiting Cardinal Gibbons High School to inspire teens

I spent the afternoon with my daughter's art class at Cardinal Gibbons high school with 2 messages to share with the teens:

1. Pursue your passion, follow your dreams, you can make a living with a creative business and do what you love!

2. Look deeper into how products you purchase are made.  GoodWeave makes sure that no child labor was used in making a rug.

Julie Dasher Rugs is a licensed importer with GoodWeave.  We donate a percentage of our profits each year to GoodWeave to help with education and community services in our weaving communities.




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

OUR DEBUT AT HIGHPOINT MARKET

Just finished our debut at Highpoint market.  It was a wonderful week of sharing our design aesthetic and products with interior designers from around the world who attended market.  All 50 of our press kits at the Media Center were taken which was totally unexpected!

Networking opportunities were amazing...met Gary Inman of Glave and Holmes who is creating some beautiful furniture designs and has become a "style spotter" extraordinaire.  Visited with Jamie Schactel who created COUEF.  They had a divine space at Inter Hall and a new globally-sourced line of ottomans, tables and chairs that are chic and modern.  Met Sarah Stroh, editor of Rug News and Design, who organized a lovely breakfast billed as the Women's Rug Roundtable...I was with my "tribe" as we chatted about global issues surrounding the rug industry.  Most of my time was spent "manning" the booth and meeting interior designers who were on the hunt for the latest and greatest resources for their projects.

It was so exciting and fun to be at the center of the home furnishings industry.  I can't thank my husband, Thom, enough for all of his support and hard work in making this happen.  I couldn't have done it without him!  xxxoooo





Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Please donate to Goodweave!

Please consider a donation to Goodweave this week.  It's the non-profit in Washington, D.C. that I support to help end child labor in the rug-making industry.  If we raise $3500 this week, we get a $1500 donation from the Skoll Foundation!

You can click on this link to make a donation.


Thanks so much!


Watch this moving video which shows the wonderful work Goodweave is doing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Countdown to Highpoint Market

We are very excited to be exhibiting at Highpoint market for the first time the week of October 18th! Our booth is being transformed into a colorful display of our rug designs that were made all over the world.  If you are heading to Highpoint, please stop by and visit us in Suites at Market Square #M-1044.


Here are the 4 runners we had made for the show.  Stop by the booth and fill out your entry to win one of these runners!


Monday, October 13, 2014

VIDEO: STAND WITH SANJU...TOUCH YOUR HEART AND WATCH SANJU'S STORY

On the heels of the amazing announcement that Goodweave's founder, Kailash Satyarthi, just won the Nobel Peace Prize, I wanted to share with you this touching video. Warm your heart...



The story of Sanju was made possible by a grant from the Skoll Foundation.  
The Skoll Foundation was created in 1999 by Jeff Skoll, the first employee and first president of eBay. Its mission is to advance systemic change in communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs, who are individuals dedicated to pioneering new solutions that result in lasting improvements to complex social problems. More information is available at www.skollfoundation.org.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

GOODWEAVE FOUNDER WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

This is such amazing and exciting news...that GoodWeave’s founder, Kailash Satyarthi, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday.  He shares this honor with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning on behalf of girls’ education.





Julie Dasher Rugs supports Goodweave's mission as a licensed importer.  We donate a percentage of our profits to this wonderful cause.  As you consider purchasing a beautiful rug, keep in mind that there are still hundreds of thousands of children enslaved to the loom making rugs and losing their childhood.  

In the announcement from Oslo, committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said: “Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected. In conflict-ridden areas in particular, the violation of children leads to the continuation of violence from generation to generation.”

Look for the Goodweave label on your rug to assure that only adult artisans worked to make your rug.

Julie Dasher Rugs/Lotus and Rings design