Weaving a better future. Hand-made rugs are popular for their craftsmanship and rich history, with each rug carrying unique signs of the weavers’ skills. Unfortunately, carpet weaving is hard work and the industry is associated with poor conditions, low wages and exploitation by middlemen – something we’ve decided to change. Together with our suppliers in India and Bangladesh, IKEA has established regulated weaving centers to secure decent working conditions, a regular income and fair pay.
IKEA has gone even further by modernizing one of the looms used in the production of handmade rugs in India, the punja loom, so it’s more ergonomic and 40 percent more efficient. The new loom, that we haven’t patent protected so that it hopefully can improve working conditions in the entire industry, have made it possible for more women to work at the weaving mills. To date 5 500 weavers and 4 500 other workers are involved in the IKEA initiative.