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RUGMARK is a global nonprofit organization working to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and offer educational opportunities to children in India, Nepal, and Pakistan.  It does this through loom and factory monitoring, consumer labeling, and running schools for former child workers.

RUGMARK recruits carpet producers and importers to make and sell carpets that are free of illegal child labor. By agreeing to adhere to RUGMARK's strict no child labor guidelines, and by permitting random inspections of carpet looms, manufacturers receive the right to put the RUGMARK label on their carpets. The label provides the best possible assurance that children were not employed in the making of a rug. It also verifies that a portion of the carpet price is contributed to the rehabilitation and education of former child weavers.

RUGMARK is a global program under the umbrella of RUGMARK International, which has registered the RUGMARK name and logo as a trademark. India, Nepal, and Pakistan are the three carpet-producing countries currently participating in the RUGMARK program. RUGMARK carpets are sold in Europe and North America and are promoted through offices in the U.S., U.K., and Germany.

 

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