Designers Honour World Day Against Child Labour with One-of-a-Kind Hand-Knotted Rug

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - In honour of the International Labour
Organization's (ILO) World Day Against Child Labour (June 12, 2008),
Toronto-based design firm, Creative Matters Inc., today announced it will
create and donate a one-of-a-kind hand-knotted luxury rug to RugMark, the
nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based foundation working to end child labour in the
carpet industry.
    "Through its RugMark membership Creative Matters is making an
industry-wide call to action to end child labour by generously donating a rug
in honour of World Day Against Child Labour. This type of corporate engagement
is what it will take to create real change," says Nina Smith, RugMark USA's
executive director.
    The rug, entitled Hariti (Tibetan for "protectress of children"), which
is certified child-labour-free by RugMark, will be featured in this year's
annual RugMark raffle to raise money for the organization's mission. Creative
Matters will post progress reports and images on its web blog at during the rug's two-month creation, and
raffle tickets will go on sale in early September.
    "Both RugMark and the ILO are doing wonderful, tangible work to encourage
education over servitude for children in some of the world's poorest nations,"
say Creative Matters co-founders Donna Hastings and Carol Sebert.

    RugMark is a nonprofit organization working to end exploitative child
labour in the carpet industry and offer educational opportunities to children
in India, Nepal and Pakistan. The RugMark(R) label offers the best assurance
that no illegal child labour was used in the manufacture of a carpet or rug.
To date, over 3,500 children have been freed from the looms and many more have
been enrolled in one of 13 RugMark-sponsored schools. For more information
call (202) 234-9050 or visit Creative Matters' original rugs
and floor coverings can be found in more than 40 countries and high-profile
clients include retailers Gucci, Tom Ford and Louis Vuitton. A RugMark
Licensed Importer and partner, Creative Matters will this year mark its 20th
anniversary with a retrospective entitled Floored - 20 Years of Creative
Matters - November 12-15 at Gallery 345 in Toronto, during which Hariti will
be on display and the final drawing will taking place. To learn more call
(416) 934-9771 or visit

    NOTE TO EDITOR / PRODUCER: Creative Matters founders available for
interviews; RugMark executive director available for interviews; high quality
images available. See <a href=""></a> or email

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
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For further information: Erin DeMille or Ana Cunningham, (416) 934-9771,; Peter Ashworth, ashworth associates inc., (416)

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