|Alan and Polly Harrison|
There are so many people involved in the making of a single rug. In certain areas, entire communities rely on rug production. The industry funds education and welfare as well as day to day living for those involved. When you buy a rug from us you can be sure that your purchase contributes to the quality of life of all those involved in its making. Non the less we should never become complacent about the huge differential between the lifestyle of the labour force and that of ours in the UK.
Polly and I take very seriously, issues surrounding labour practices in the rug making industry. We endeavour to trade ethically as far as we are able. We keep to basic core principals that are beneficial to all of those folk that are involved in the production of our rugs. In this way we endevour to make sure that our trade is not exploitative and specifically excludes the use of child labour and bonded labour.
The loom owners are educated people often speaking many languages as they trade world wide. They are well aware of the sensitivity of the western markets to human rights issues and conduct their businesses accordingly. We make very clear to them our criteria for trading with us.