BUSINESS BRIEFS | AZADI Fine Rugs Becomes GoodWeave a Certified Champion
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TELLURIDE – AZADI Fine Rugs in Telluride is proud to announce they have become a champion of the GoodWeave certification label, partnering with the organization to give consumers the power to end child labor through a simple act: demanding certified child-labor-free rugs. 

GoodWeave is an internationally acclaimed organization that works to end child labor in the handmade rug industry and offer educational opportunities to children in weaving communities.  They will be holding a GoodWeave celebration event on Thursday, July 25, ,from 4-6 p.m. at their Colorado Avenue location.

Most consumers don’t realize that the carpet-making industry is rife with child labor. April 16 marked the anniversary of the death of Pakistani rug-slave-turned-activist Iqbal Massih who inspired the work of GoodWeave. He was sold into bonded labor at age 4 and chained to a carpet loom until he escaped six years later and began speaking out against the industry. He won the Reebok human rights award in the early 1990s and was killed in 1995 at the age of 11.

Since founder and executive director of GoodWeave, U.S.A. Nina Smith launched GoodWeave in 2000 child labor in the industry is down 75 percent. 

“Consumers drive their demands for fair labor practices back onto the market.” said Smith. “Through the sale of nearly eight million child-labor free rugs worldwide the number of ‘carpet kids’ has dropped from 1 million to 250,000.”

GoodWeave-certified producers comply with an extensive certification standard and undergo monitoring of their facilities. Importers of Good Weave textiles pay a small royalty fee that Good Weave and partner organizations use to educate and rehabilitate former child weavers. The GoodWeave label is the best assurance that no child labor was used in the making of a carpet or rug.

“We are honored to take our place with companies globally that have taken a stand for children in weaving communities,” said AZADI Fine Rugs owner David Neishabori.

The celebration at AZADI in Telluride will also include images from the acclaimed Faces of Freedom photography exhibit during the GoodWeave event which offers a look into the heart of that transformation. This traveling photo exhibition, sponsored by GoodWeave and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, takes you behind the looms and inside the carpet factories of South Asia. The stunning images were captured by photo documentarian, filmmaker and human rights educator U. Roberto Romano.

AZADI Fine Rugs is located 217 W. Colorado Avenue. They also have locations in Scottsdale and Sedona, Ariz. For more information about AZADI Fine Rugs call 970/728-4620 or go to


Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport Gets New Chicago Flight 

MT. CRESTED BUTTE – Rounding out an already robust United Airlines schedule, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) and Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) are announcing a new nonstop, direct flight to the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.  

The new United Express regional jet service into GUC for the 2013-2014 winter season will offer direct, nonstop flights from Chicago on ten Saturdays throughout the winter months.This new service opens up a new direct market for the region and creates more opportunities for guests to reach the popular ski destination.

SkyWest Airlines will operate the United Express service using CRJ-700 regional jet aircraft, with 66 seats. In addition to the new flight, United Airlines is also scheduled to fly direct nonstop flights between Denver International Airport as well as the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, Texas, throughout the winter season. The RTA and CBMR have worked extensively to build an overall air program that will best suit the needs of destination guests and local outbound travelers alike.

“We are pleased to be growing air service into Gunnison-Crested Butte and we feel that adding this direct, non-stop service from Chicago brings a direct destination and a major United Airlines hub back to the community’s air program,” says Scott Clarkson, the vice president of sales and marketing for CBMR. “This will allow guests to visit Gunnison-Crested Butte easily from several national markets beyond Chicago, as well as the Chicago market itself.”

The flights are now available for sale at for the following dates: Dec. 21 and 28, Jan. 4, Feb. 15 and 22, and March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

The flight will depart Chicago at 9:45 a.m. and arrive into Gunnison at 11:40 a.m. The aircraft will then return to Chicago, leaving Gunnison at 12:15 p.m., arriving back into Chicago at 3:58 p.m.

The flight schedule has the aircraft landing into Gunnison-Crested Butte at 11:40 a.m. allowing passengers to get to the slopes in time for a few afternoon ski runs. Given this opportunity, CBMR is offering a free half-day ticket for all Chicago flight passengers on the day of their flight, if they bring their ID and boarding pass stub to the Adventure Center at the resort, on their date of arrival.

For more information about the flights, visit or call Crested Butte Vacations at 800/600-2803. A full flight schedule can also be found online by visiting

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