What the GoodWeave Label Means to Company C

Hitting the road to visit our factories in India is always an exciting prospect. It’s an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the talented artisans who work so diligently to produce our hand-crafted designs. Being hosted by these facilities is a treat – we get a firsthand look into the operations and have the chance to chat with the employees as they bring our creative vision to life.

It is also an opportunity for us to connect with the community supported by the GoodWeave initiative.

More than 12 years ago we made the decision to support this program, and our co-founder, Walter Chapin, still serves on their standards committee. This helps us uphold one of our guiding principles at Company C – to create products using sustainably sourced materials and humane production methods.

We partnered with GoodWeave to support their initiatives to work with rug manufacturers in India to make sure our handmade designs were made without the use of child labor, produced in safe working conditions, and that the employees at the factories were paid fairly.

We’re passionate about making rugs – the right way.

Each year, we donate a portion of our rug sales to GoodWeave’s effort, which helps improve the lives of children in India through education. On this trip I had the pleasure of visiting one of their schools. I felt such joy in seeing the positive impact that this program has on the children. I was pleasantly surprised to see that even the youngest siblings are allowed to attend school with their older brothers and sisters. This helps the families while both parents work outside the home.

The children flourish at these schools. It was heartwarming to spend some time with them in between their class work. They also gave me the chance to be a fly on the wall while they sang and danced!

As savvy consumers express their concern about how and where our rugs are made, the GoodWeave label on the backs of our rugs offers piece of mind, letting customers know that their rugs were created without the use of child labor. If you’ve ever wondered why we support this organization, the numbers help tell the story.

While on this trip I learned that to date, more than 3,936 children have been freed from exploitation, 23,996 have been enrolled in schools, and 59,152 workers have been covered under the system in India. GoodWeave sponsors the education of all rescued child laborers, along with providing them rehabilitation and medical services.

Their Child Friendly Communities program promotes education in villages. GoodWeave facilitators build close relationships with the community, instill the value of education within the parents and teachers, and follow up with the children to make sure they’re attending school. Those who aren’t at the appropriate academic level for the public school are encouraged to attend a GoodWeave-run Motivation and Learning Centers,  a place designed to accelerate learning and allow children to catch up to their peers. There are currently 38 such centers running in 51 Child Friendly Communities in India.

Without consumer support, these programs couldn’t happen.

This is why we continue to proudly support GoodWeave’s mission of healing and educating children. I’m already looking forward to my next visit!

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How to Work Color and Texture into Fall Decorating

Fall is the entryway to the holiday season – friends, family and entertaining. If you’re looking to dress up your space, adding in some texture and warm color is a great way to do it. Consider the floor, your starting point.

Did you know that most designers use a colorful rug to set the tone for the entire room they are pulling together for a client? We’ve created a few examples from our Fall 2017 Collection to show you how to DIY a look that works for you.

Love the idea of including jacquard woven rugs but not sure where they’d fit in your home? You can use them to add a hint of luxury to your living room, library or den, even the bedroom.

Inspired by our vintage fabric, our jacquard-woven rugs feature a lustrous design crafted of wool with a cut-pile design in a luxurious viscose. A true study in texture and tone, our new Crescendo jacquard-woven rug will dress up any space. Have you ever tried layering two rugs?

It’s actually easy to do. First, you need to select a more refined foundational rug, perhaps with a single, consistent pattern, like our Tweedy (shown below), and pair it with a larger print that has some additional texture, like Crescendo. The result is a plush, rich look that adds drama to your space.

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Not ready to try layering woven rugs?

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Try a single piece. Bold, yet elegant, our Palazzo rug works beautifully on its own to dress up a room. Taking its cue from vintage fabric, Palazzo features a trellis pattern crafted of wool with a cut-pile design in luxurious viscose. Plus, the neutral colors mean you can play more with a variety of colorful accents.

Another great option would be to take our Giardino rug which, on its own, ushers in sophistication. The floral motif may be all the pattern you want to play with in your space, but when you want to take the next step, you can easily add a  foundational rug underneath later.

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The rich blue found in Giardino can be considered a base tone, which means there are a variety of colors that you can use to compliment it. Think gray, lighter blues, orange, deep pink, or look to the greens.

Here’s a cheat sheet to help you out.

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If you also like to switch out accessories with the season, you can really pull a look together by adding in some Zoe, Sloan and Cassandra pillows for a study in contrast and texture. Concentric squares of multicolored satin ribbons lend graphic impact on our lovely Zoe pillow. Layer in the sloan accent pillow for additional texture and dimension. Not one, but two hand-embroidery techniques pop atop our Cassandra pillows sumptuous silken fabric to create a beautifully exotic damask motif-and a work of art for your sofa.

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Once you feel a comfort level working with color, texture and pattern, you can pull together some really fabulous spaces in your own home.

Have a design dilemma involving a color or texture you love but don’t know how to bring it into your home? Put your questions in the comment section below and we’ll give you some tips!

Celebrate your independence with our Old Glory Rug

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The Inspiration Behind Old Glory
We found an antique rug at a vintage textile show— and wanted to use the great motifs in a new design concept and, of course, Company C colors.

The classic design and border provided inspiration for the layout. We then used a red, white, and blue color concept — with deep navy contrasting against faded denim blues and reds for a fresh, timeless look!

A Fresh Take on a Classic Look
A vibrant palette of red, white and blue lends a modern vibe to our Old Glory rug, evoking the beauty of traditional rug motifs in a new way. Expertly hand hooked oftie-dye wool yards, Old Glory is infused with the vintage appeal of a treasured heirloom, a classic with a contemporary twist for any space you place it.

Old Glory is the perfect statement rug to build your room around. Add in the Beacon and Saybrook chairs and the Whistler sofa and our braided velvet pillows to pull the whole room together.

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What was the inspiration behind our Chelsea rug?

The namesake of New York’s famed flower market, our new Chelsea rug is a welcome breath of spring-time inspiration as snow continues to blanket much of the country.  This botanical beauty was a blast to design, and the process anything but traditional.  The first step was to collect the floral specimens and greens from which to build a diverse and vivid color story.

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We then “placed” these spiked blooms and leaves on our canvas, and moved them over and over again until we struck the right balance of height, color and texture.  This created the inspiration to be shared with our rug craftsmen. We combined various yarn textures with several tufting techniques, creating visual delight.

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The final version of the Chelsea rug features a strong statement  of navy and burgundy, two of this season’s most on-trend colors.  And like the sidewalks of New York’s flower district, a textural and tweedy background of un-dyed wool pops the saturated colors of flowers bringing spring indoors a little early this year.

Creating Your Own Bedding Oasis

At Company C, we love layers of color, texture, and pattern whenever we are designing the dreamiest beds.   Whatever your style, we have the bedding layers you’ll need to design your own oasis, and a place to retreat as winter takes hold.  Here are our top five layering tips, sure to entice you to keep that New Years’ resolution to get more sleep.

  • Select sheets that reflect your personal style. Some prefer cotton percale’s crisp cool feel, while others love cotton sateen for is softer, smoother hand. Either way, we use only 100% GOTS certified organic cotton to create our luxurious bedding so you can sleep more soundly.
  • Add warmth and texture with cotton matelasses. These heavily-stitched “blanket” layers are a nice way to add lightweight warmth. Select a matelasse color to accent your sheets or to anchor any other elements you add to your bedding design.
  • Lay on a duvet cover or a quilt…for both warmth and contrast. Quilts and duvet covers are your bed’s topcoat, and highlight everything underneath.  Duvet covers encase a down, cotton, or poly-filled comforter. Duvet covers can be used without a top sheet—where the duvet cover is washed with the fitted sheet. A quilt is used with a full set of sheets, where the flat sheet protects the quilt from frequent laundering.
  • Pile on the accent pillows and watch them bring everything together! We love European squares in the back to anchor the pillows and shams (and to prop yourself up for pre-slumber reading).  Pillows create visual interest between your sheets and all your top-of-bed elements. Decorative pillows that contrast with your bedding placed near the front of the cases and shams add dimension. Position them as you like, there are no rules…use concepts of symmetry only if they apply to you.  For even more visual interest and warmth, add a complimenting throw.
  • Remember to conceal the box spring to keep your bed from being woefully under-dressed. Our Waterfall linen chambray bed skirt comes in six lighter shades that coordinate with all our bedding and are oh-so-easy to install. It’s a tailored finish that will compliment your style!

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Need Some Holiday Inspiration?

The Fells, situated on a nearly 1,000-acre hillside in Newbury NH overlooking scenic Lake Sunapee, served as a summer retreat for three generations of the Hay family. John M Hay served as Secretary of State under both Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, and in August of 1902 President Roosevelt stayed overnight at the Fells while on a Presidential tour of New England. Now included in the National Register of Historic Places, charitable donations and volunteers help to preserve this historic estate and nature preserve.

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Our friend and rug design contest winner Liz Hause is not only a talented interior designer, but also a passionate volunteer supporting the Fells.  And this was her year to shine! Liz chose to decorate the Roosevelt bedroom for the annual Christmas at the Fells event, one of the largest fundraisers of the year.  She anchored the room using Reflections, the signature rug she designed.

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Liz is an amazing source of inspiration, whether it’s for holiday decorating or for a complete interior design project.  Working with our Concord, NH retail team, Liz pulled just the right pieces to pair with her own elements to create a memorable Christmas masterpiece President Roosevelt would be thrilled to visit again.  Great tips from Liz:  natural elements paired with a soft palette of accents creates an environment that welcomes Christmas and the holiday season.

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To learn more about Liz Hause design visit www.lizhausedesign.com
To learn more about The Fells visit www.thefells.org

Welcome guests with a warm and easy to make apple crisp!

The season is here to celebrate friends and family, and to welcome guests with something a little special and warm from the oven.  The holidays find many people short on time, ruling out the “from scratch” crust that makes a pie a stand out.  The Company C work-around?  Try this simple Apple Crisp, a seasonally perfect dessert that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Here’s what you will need to assemble:

1 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, 10 cups Cortland apples (Macintosh are worthy here, too), 1 cup quick cooking oats, ½ cup water, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup brown sugar packed tightly, ½ cup melted butter.

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Combine the granulated sugar, tablespoon of flour and ground cinnamon.  Arrange cored, peeled, and sliced apples in a 9” x 13” baking dish.  Sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon/flour mixture over the apples and pour the ½  cup of water over all.  Mix oats, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup flour, baking soda, baking powder, and melted butter together.  Layer the crumble evenly over the apples.

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Place pan into an oven preheated to 350 degrees, and cook for 45 minutes.

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Serve the apple crisp warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  You can’t beat this easy treat during the holidays.  Enjoy!

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