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Social Responsibility

Tamarian Joins Label STEP as Licensed Partner

The rug maker says it is committed to the non-profit’s mission to improve working and living conditions for weavers and workers to effect change.

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Tamarian's Tibetan crafted area rugs will now feature the STEPS Label. Shown, Reyes PW in charcoal

BALTIMORE, Md. --Tamarian announces its partnership with Label STEPS and informs the company's dealer base that the decision signals the company's support for the non-profits efforts to improve the working and living conditions for weavers and workers in the area rug industry.

In a recent company memo sent by Principal Ryan Higgins to its delaers, he stated that the new collaboration is evidence that Tamarian “cares about the future.” Since taking sole ownership of one of a leading importers of Tibetan rugs earlier this year, Higgins has restated Tamarian’s mission statement that is in concert with STEP’s commitment to eliminating child labor, empowering weavers and workers, and fostering an environmentally sound production.


Tamarian has been an importer of area rugs in the U.S. for decades and has always strived to set a high mark for both social and environmental responsible practices in rug production, the company stated. The opening of its premier weaving facility in Kathmandu a few years ago launched one of the most modern weaving operations to-date; boasting large, open, well-lit working and living spaces that incorporate “green” architectural elements such as roofing that accentuates natural light and improves ventilation.

The dealers, designers, and end-users that have worked with Tamarian over the years know that the high-end quality of their rugs come from a production of equally high standards.

Tamarian’s Marketing Director Ned Baker states, “We are often celebrated for giving client’s a ‘great experience’ along with an amazing rug, which is only possible because we have clear lines of communication with our manufacturers and partners with good information flowing back/forth.This is not possible with a production that exploits people and resources. Our partnership with Label STEP is a logical evolution to assure we are genuine in our commitments.”

Label STEP’s Managing Director Reto Aschwanded agrees, “"We are excited about the partnership with Tamarian and proud to welcome one of the leading Tibetan rug brands as a new member. We believe it will not only benefit Tamarian's weavers and artisans but will strengthen the sustainability of Nepal’s handmade carpet industry.”
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