Commitment to social responsibility
Michaelian & Kohlberg creates carpets in China, Nepal and India. Weaving facilities in each country vary, but M&K's unwavering commitment to fair and humane labor practices does not.
In late 2005 Michaelian & Kohlberg opened a state of the art weaving facility in Shandong, China. This facility employs high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 25 who work away from home until they marry and begin families. M&K also employs an increasing number of women who return to the workforce after their children enter school. Weavers are housed in immaculate, modern dormitories and eat free of charge at the company cafeteria. All medical care is free of charge.
Michaelian & Kohlberg's long-time manufacturing partner has a long-standing and public commitment to fair and humane labor practices. No child labor is ever used. Weavers work in state of the art weaving facilities. All Michaelian & Kohlberg weavers and their families are provided access to good quality health care, pure drinking water and schooling for children and young adults.
Rug weaving for Michaelian & Kohlberg is under the auspices of a family firm that has partnered with M&K for three generations. In rural areas surrounding the city of Agra, carpets woven for Michaelian & Kohlberg are created in workshops attached to family dwellings. Most hand-knotted carpet weavers are men. Rug weaving is considered an important artisanal profession in rural areas as agricultural production is not always a reliable source of family income. Children in Michaelian & Kohlberg weaving families are required to attend school in accordance with Indian Labor Department regulations. All Michaelian & Kohlberg weavers and their families are provided access to good quality health care, pure drinking water and schooling for children and young adults.