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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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.

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Chelsea Rug

Introducing Galleria

Every season finds us excited to share fresh designs with you, and this fall is no exception!  Galleria is our newest statement rug design, and the “glass act” of our modern opulence collection.  Inspired by the way the colors of Murano glass blend from one saturated hue to the next, this bursting paisley is drenched in layer upon layer of color.

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Galleria Rug accented with Galleria Pillows

Galleria is super-soft, hand-tufted of bamboo viscose.  And by soft we mean sumptuously so.  Galleria is perfect for your special oasis, or your casually dressy spaces…think favorite jeans and a velvet shirt.

Galleria Rug

Galleria is saturated in vibrant color, each shade enhanced by the shimmery shine only bamboo viscose yarns can deliver.

Galleria Rug

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Our Easy-care indoor/outdoor rugs are the perfect choice for all weather…inside or out!

Indoor/outdoor rugs are a great alternative to wool rugs, and take on heavy foot traffic with style and durability.

Pierre Rug
Pierre Rug

Also called easy care rugs, polypropylene hand-hooked and  polyester flat weave rugs can be used outdoors or in.  They are a cinch to clean, dry quickly, and are perfect for homes with kids, pets, or both.

Pineapples Rug
Pineapples Rug

Our Colorspree collection is all brawn when it comes to everyday wear and tear, but features an artistic softer side when it comes to color and design.

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Colorspree rugs

Whether flat weave or hand-hooked, indoor/outdoor rugs will last for years with routine care, and have the look of their wool cousins at a kid, and pet-friendly price.

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Petal Pusher Rug
Talavera Tile Rug
Talavera Tile Rug

All our easy-care rugs are now 30% off for a limited time only!

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Learn About Pantone’s Day Dreaming Palette!

Pantone, the color standard specialists to the creative industry, announced nine key color palettes that will be significant in home and interior design elements throughout the remainder of this year, and into 2017.

Little did we know, our all-new Water Lilies rug is the embodiment of the Day 10199-MULTI-ALT2Dreaming palette, described as “a series of pleasant thoughts that distract our attention from the present”. Featuring Serenity (pale blue) and Rose Quartz (pale pink), Pantone’s co- colors of 2016, this home design palette reinforces the significance of pastels in interior design including paint hues, accents, textiles, appliances, and of course…rugs. Punctuation colors included in this on-trend palette include Blue Glow, Nile Green, Plein Air, and Yellow Iris.

View our water lilies pillow and rug.

How to Select the Perfect Rug!

There is a perfect rug for anywhere you need one, but the challenges of foot traffic, moisture, and other environmental factors should be a part of your selection process in addition to the color and design.  With so many construction methods and materials, we thought that a simple and abridged approach to rugs types and their best uses might be helpful!

Hand-tufted wool rugs are made with thick and sumptuous yarns, and feel luxurious underfoot.  These rugs are best suited for medium and low traffic areas including living and family rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms.  19235-BLUE-ALT6

Hand-hooked wool rugs, composed of smaller loops, have a lower pile and profile than a tufted rug.  Hooked rugs meet the demands of all traffic levels from bedrooms to kitchens, and are best used in a dry location as opposed to any entryway or mud room.

Hand-tufted cut and loop pile wool rugs are an excellent choice for any room, and offer up lots of visual interest via their surface texture.  These rugs are ready to take on all your traffic patterns.

10199-MULTI-ALT2Bamboo viscose is a new yarn for its soft shimmer and shine, and for its ability to become saturated with dyes yielding spectacular colors.  It is soft and luxurious, so we like to think of bamboo viscose as cashmere for your floor.  Hand spun bamboo viscose rugs are best suited for your dressier spaces that experience lower traffic such as living rooms and bed rooms.

Polypropylene hooked and flatweave rugs are perfect for any space, indoors or out.  These rugs take a beating, can be cleaned with a garden hose, and stand up to all traffic levels including that of mudrooms, porches, and entryway.  Yet they look just right in a family room, bedroom, or kitchen.

Why Choose a Round Rug?

Round rugs add visual interest in any space because of their shape, but really shine when used in smaller spaces like a bathroom or guest room. Rounds are a great addition in an entry way or mud room (Company C offers two indoor/outdoor rugs in a round version, perfect for transitional spaces). Their shape tricks the eye into thinking that these spaces are much larger than they are, and provides a visual anchor for the room. Whether a bedside accent, or unifying component in a larger living space, here are three key round-rug design tips that may keep you from running around in circles.

  • Consider economies of scale. When contemplating adding a round rug to a larger room, be sure it is large enough so that the room’s most significant furniture touches it. This way the room will feel anchored to the rug.
  • Mirror your shapes. Round rugs look fantastic when paired with round objects and furniture. Try a round rug under a table with a round top…this will cause the eye to sweep vertically instead of horizontally making the ceiling seem taller and the sapce more expansive.
  • Start a conversation. Round rugs are great foundations for intimate seating areas. Add four comfortable chairs, a table and your friends. The rug’s shape draws people closer for a more harmonious exchange of ideas. This is a great way to create intimacy in large and open spaces.

Four Reasons to Choose an Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Indoor/outdoor. Easy care. No matter what you call these flat weave and hand-hooked rugs, we love them! Made of UV protected polyester (sourced from recycled plastic bottles) and 100% polypropylene, Company C’s ColorSpree collection has the look of hand-hooked rugs, yet resist fading, staining, and mildew. Despite their workhorse ethics, these rugs make bold design statements no matter which side of the door you place them on. Here are the four winning attributes of polyester hooked and flat weave rugs that will make you fall in love, too.

  1. Location, LOCATION, L O C A T I O N. These rugs are perfectly suited for all your high-traffic areas, including kitchens, outdoor and casual dining areas, entryways, and playrooms. A runner on a covered porch is flawless! Our outdoor hooked and flat weaves take daily abuse, and still look great. Whether a spot clean with mild soapy water, or a complete hose down and air dry, these rugs keep up with your life. Flatweaves, unlike their hooked cousins, are reversible for extended wear.

  2. Signature Company C Design. From sophisticated damask patterns to jaunty flamingo motifs, Colorspree hand-hooked polypropylene rugs are available in a variety of colors and themes, and accent any style. Colorspree flatweaves, made from recycled plastic bottles, are either geometric or striped in their design to ensure they can be reversed….and that they complement each other without being too “matchy matchy”. All are a perfect addition to any casual lifestyle.

  3. Ideal in any climate. Colorspree hand-hooked and flatweave rugs have the look of wool without the heavy pile or shedding making them perfect for any part of the country. From ski boots to swim fins, these rugs stand up with style.

  4. Approachable pricing. Bold color and innovative design are the foundation of Company C. For many people, pets and kids have meant foregoing a statement rug until now! Great pricing, fantastic design, and the ease of care makes a polypropylene hooked or flatweave rug a great choice for your home and your life.

Need help visualizing your space? Try out our room planner to see which design and size would work best for your room.

How to bring texture to your rooms

Bringing Texture to Your Rooms

[teks-cher] : Texture defined is the visual (and especially tactile) quality of a surface. While color is important to innovative room design, texture plays an equally important role in creating spaces that are both personal and memorable. Texture’s importance to interior design elevates when rooms and their pieces are composed of neutral and like-toned monochromatic elements. Without texture, these rooms feel sterile and starved for visual depth. Surface qualities, while complex in design theory, can be distilled down to two basic thought processes which are easy to understand.

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Smooth and Shiny Textures:

  • Reflect light and feel cooler
  • Make objects seem visually lighter
  • Are more modern and sleek in appearance

Rough and Matte Textures:

  • Absorb light and feel warm
  • Gives an object more visual weight
  • Are more casual and inviting in appearance

It’s easy to add texture and warmth to a space that feels visually empty. A woven throw and accent pillows in velvet (See our Larissa pillows in all the right colors) add welcome and visual dimension to a couch or chair. Embroidered detail and European linen create casually elegant texture in our Echo collection for the bed and windows. Bare wood floors are highly reflective, and given their smooth and 19540-AQUA-ALT4uniform finish, often feel visually cold. The floor is a great place to anchor the room in texture. This season we have used bamboo-viscose in dressier rug designs, including our exciting Echo rug. The modern geometric design of this textural piece is punctuated by a high –to –low cut and loop pile of wool and bamboo viscose. The bamboo viscose brings shimmer and shine to the design……and takes the texture to another level!

 

Pantone Colors of the Year

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Designs for Colorful Living. At company C, these are the words that define as a company, and guide everything that we design. Each December, we eagerly await the announcement of the color of the year from the authorities at Pantone…..the world-recognized standard for color consistency in design, and the international proclaimers of annual color trend. From rug and textile design to the clothing you will be seeing at your favorite retailer, Pantone’s color decree shapes the coming seasons. This year was especially exciting as Pantone announced two influencers: Rose Quartz and Serenity. This is the first time that a pair of colors has been named. For 2016 and beyond, pale pink and soft blue will subtly influence everything in the market from shirts to mixers, and of course, home décor.

The people at Pantone live color as much as we do……they debate shades of blue to ensure that anyone can differentiate between navy, indigo, and cobalt hues. But how does Pantone predict the color(s) that will influence design? Here are the high notes:

  • International fashion runways set the pace. From Paris to Milan and New York, Pantone will study color trends during fashion weeks, and how those hues are translating onto the street and into real life.
  • Art collections that are travelling with heavy publicity influence the color selection process, as do trends in the auto industry. Pantone looks for color messaging across varied and diverse touch points to find color commonality, and from there establish direction and inspiration.
  • Color(s) of the year are selected to reflect the collective mood of the times, and as a result these are the colors expected to resonate with customers.

As rose quartz and serenity begin to enter into your product selection process, remember that throughout the season their hues and color values will be adjusted by designers to meet interpreted consumer response. And if you hate soft pink and pale blue? You only have to wait eleven more months to learn what Pantone will fancy for 2017!

Check out some of our new spring products that features these hues…

Piper Pillow
Piper Pillow
Sheridan Rug
Sheridan Rug
Decorative Pillows
Decorative Pillows
Passion Flower Rug
Passion Flower Rug