We are a non-profit social business. Our aim is to make as much impact for fair trade as we can. We work with the worlds best designers and illustrators and convert their images into the highest quality hand-made fair trade carpets.
Chris Haughton is an designer and illustrator and also an author of childrens books. Before he became involved in books he was active in fair trade and has been a supporter and designer for the fair trade company People Tree for many years. In 2010 he took 8 months off to to re-connect to fair trade and find ways his design could work more directly with the fair trade groups in Nepal. Images of his rug designs became popular on the web and were featured in many blogs. Designers were emailing to ask if they could design their own rugs and buyers were emailing to ask if they could buy them. Node was set up to help facilitate this.
Akshay Sthapit enjoys creating as well as consuming technology and has a PhD in Controls Engineering (Haptics/Robotics and Earthquake resistant buildings) and a minor in Math (numerics) from Georgia Tech, MIT, and Berkeley. When the opportunity to connect top designers with Nepali fair trade carpet makers came up he of course had to get involved! Above all he enjoys meeting new and interesting people - if you send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org he promises to answer it.
We aim to connect a worldwide network of designers and artists with traditional Nepalese carpet makers to create beautiful handmade rugs.
Our rug makers, Kumbeshwar are a founder member of Fair Trade Nepal. Employees are taught literacy and skills. In addition to fair wages their work supports a school of 260 children and an orphanage of nineteen.