Where STEP Works

Collaborating with manufacturers and weavers in Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Morocco, Label STEP is the only non-governmental organization of its kind working in all major handmade rug and carpet producing countries.

The STEP Standard for fair trade is applied everywhere while strategies for implementation are tailored to suit the local context of each country.

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Afghanistan’s centuries old carpet industry represents one of the country’s largest and most important exports, providing employment to over one million Afghans. Many of these

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India is the world’s largest and maybe most diverse carpet producing country. Since the organization’s foundation in 1995 Label STEP promotes better working and living

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For many designers and buyers, Nepal is the top address for high-end production, contemporary design and custom orders. The country’s capital Kathmandu is also home

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As Label STEP began its work in Pakistan 25 years ago, the fair trade organization was confronted with diffidence and scepticism from domestic producers and

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Label STEP is the only international organization engaged with Iranian carpet weavers, systematically verifying if their working conditions comply with international fair trade standards. For

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