The Most Beautiful Rug
The tradition of rug making in Asia dates back at least 3,000 years, to when handmade rugs were used for prayer, to add warmth to the home, and even to cushion horse saddles. Today, master craftspeople create works of textile art based on traditional patterns as well as the diverse styles of contemporary designers. These photos celebrate this ancient craft, with an inside look into a few of the factories and looms monitored through the GoodWeave program. GoodWeave inspectors regularly and randomly inspect the carpet looms to ensure no child labor is used.