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Our Story

© U Roberto Romano, courtesy of GoodWeave

© U Roberto Romano, courtesy of GoodWeave

Our Story

Modern Archive was first envisioned when Principal, Cathy Brown, visited Kathmandu, Nepal in 2008. On this first visit of many, Cathy was able to witness the entire rug making process first-hand. She was overcome by the kindness of the Tibetan and Nepali people in the rug industry and inspired by the impeccable craftsmanship that produced such beautiful hand woven rugs.

Motivated by the contrast between these immaculate rugs and the chaotic streets of Nepal, Cathy wanted to give back to these remarkable people and share their craft with the world. She decided to use her design skills to create unique handcrafted rugs with the weavers that she met.

While visiting Kathmandu, Cathy was also introduced to GoodWeave, a not-for-profit whose certification process best assures that there is no child labor in the production of each certified rug. In partnership with GoodWeave, Modern Archive incorporates social responsibility throughout its rug-making process and is signified through the GoodWeave label sewn into the back of each rug.

Your Modern Archive rug will not only add warmth and beauty to your home but will also add value to life in Nepal.