Weaving a better future, one ethically made rug at a time
Hand-woven rugs are beautiful, but rug weaving has often been linked to poor working conditions and exploitation. We wanted to find a way to work with producers to maintain the quality and feel of a handmade rug, while radically improving working conditions. And we did.
IKEA hand-made rugs in India
See how IKEA, together with our suppliers, is improving the way hand-made rugs are produced in India and Bangladesh, ensuring good quality, more care for the environment and decent working conditions.
Improved wages and benefits
Firstly, we provided weavers with regular work in a safe environment, with regulated wages plus benefits such as holidays and transport. We also set up two schools, where trainees are paid while they’re learning.
Creating jobs close to home
Our ambition is to place weaving centres close to where weavers and other workers live, so they don’t have to move away from their home and family to find a job.
I was a teacher, then I applied for a weaving job. Now I’m learning a new craft, earning much better and can spend more time with my children.”