Creative Matters is the first North American licensee of Label STEP, an international non-profit organization committed to promoting fair trade in the rug industry. We work closely to promote environmentally-friendly production methods, improve working and living conditions for carpet weavers, and eliminate child labour in the carpet industry.
2013 to 2014
Designed and manufactured an exclusive Creative Matters’ 25th anniversary handknotted rug for Label STEP’s fundraising purposes.
2011 to date
First North American company to join Label STEP, an organization dedicated to improving the living and working conditions of weavers, ensuring fair wages and promoting environmentally-friendly production methods.
2007 to 2012
Licensed importer and supporter of GoodWeave (formerly RugMark), a non-profit foundation working to end illegal child labour in the carpet/rug industry.
Creative Matters President Carol Sebert hosted Art Day workshops at Hamro Ghar in Kathmandu, where children rescued from carpet mills are lodged and schooled.
Celebrated 20 years of inspired floorcoverings by creating Hariti (Tibetan for “protectress of children”) and raffling the rug to raise to more than $10,000 for the fair trade organization then known as RugMark.
Henceforth, only Label STEP approved manufacturers used for Indian and Nepali handcrafted rugs. A portion of each sale supports Label STEP.
Our North American manufacturing partner, Milliken, achieved World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition by the Ethisphere Institute.