Most people come across the predicament of buying a handmade rug versus a machine made rug at least one time in their lives. Usually, however, their decision will be influenced by the price difference amongst the two as handmade rugs tend to cost quite a bit more. However, most people don’t know that their decision to invest in a machine made or handmade rug has much more than just an impact on their wallets. Their decision affects the global warming, creates jobs in struggling countries and contributes to an all-natural sustainable style of living. Choosing a handmade rug over a machine made rug helps to make the world we live in a better place. Here are a couple of reasons why you should consider saving the world one handmade rug at a time.
Handmade rugs are by far the most sustainable, environmentally friendly, green choice amongst the two and reduce your carbon footprint.
These rugs are completely animal cruelty free as they are made by shaving the wool off of lambs and re-using them to create beautiful handcrafted pieces for your floor. They are free of synthetic dyes and harmful chemicals which is important for families with pets or small children. Typically, handmade rugs are recycled and thus increase in value as they are passed down through generations. Once they have lived to their capacity, they virtually denigrate into the land just as a sheep’s wool would when shaved. Lastly, handmade rugs are literally made as their name indicates, by hand. This creates absolutely no pollution in the environment as opposed to their machine made rivals that contribute to contaminated air and chemical spills in our water. Which leads to our next point…
Handmade rugs are helpful to many struggling families around the world as they create jobs in third world countries, help feed impoverished families, and help improve conditions in small communities.
By choosing a handmade rug, you are helping to create jobs in struggling countries. Most countries where rugs are weaved such as India, Iran, Uzbekistan and Pakistan are economically challenged and offer few jobs to the many individuals living there. Even less jobs are available in the small villages around the bigger cities. The handmade rug industry helps support jobs in these small villages as one small rug can take over a month to create by hand. However, the weavers aren’t the only ones benefiting from the jobs created. Everyone from the person designing the rug to the management to the office support benefit from these jobs. This benefit helps to feed large families and ward off crime and theft in their communities. The impact of your decision to spend a little more on a handmade rug travels all the way around the world.