Label STEP is the only non-governmental organization of its kind working in all major handmade rug and carpet producing countries.

STEP applies the same fundamental standards everywhere; the NGO’s country offices adapt the strategies and methodologies to the local context:


More than ten years ago, Label STEP was the first fair trade initiative to start working in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has a rich carpet tradition, and

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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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