16 ethical, artisan-made home decor brands to love

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Cayley Pater

We are proud to showcase a diverse curation of ethical home decor from partners who are reviving heritage crafts, using sustainable materials, and providing sustainable economic opportunities for artisans and makers around the world.

These fair trade brands work directly with indigenous artisans and skilled, multi-generational craftspeople producing culturally-representative and authentic goods. Supporting these efforts to preserve ancient techniques and art forms also enables artisans to earn living wages from their heritage crafts.

1. Swahili African Modern

Swahili African Modern showcases the brilliance of modern African design through an exquisite collection of artisan-crafted home decor. All Swahili African Modern’s baskets and hampers are hand-woven by the Wolof women of Senegal who are traditional, artisan basket weavers. Each basket and hamper is made with natural cattails and reeds, accented by colorful strips of plastic from used prayer mats.

Swahili African Modern’s women artisans weave baskets from the comfort of their villages and are paid well above the living wage. Through the creation of these heritage products, Swahili African Modern helps the Wolof women find a more secure market for their handmade baskets and build greater prosperity in the region. As a result, women have become the primary source of income for their families and communities. Since Swahili African Modern began working in Senegal in 2008 they’ve helped the Wolof women sell thousands of their baskets to stores and individuals around the world. Swahili African Modern is fair trade certified by Fair Trade Federation.

Categories: Baskets, Hampers, Blankets

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2. Minna

MINNA uses traditional craft techniques to produce ethically made, socially responsible goods with a contemporary aesthetic. Working collaboratively, MINNA creates multipurpose products; their patterns, colors, and textures are meant to be mixed, matched, and layered for today’s modern home.

All of MINNA’s products are sourced from 100% natural and sustainable materials. The cotton and wool used in their products are colored with natural dyes or toxin-free synthetic dyes. Each handmade piece is the result of a careful production process — a difference you can both see and feel. Employing a cottage industry approach, MINNA partners with master weavers and artisan collectives in Mexico, Guatemala, and Uruguay, which helps ensure craft preservation and job creation. The artisans MINNA partners with set their own wages and MINNA is committed to following fair trade practices in all aspects of their business.

Categories: Pillows, Planters, Baskets, Kitchen and Bath

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3. Conejo & Co

Conejo & Co. creates stunning modern tapestries that are hand-painted, designed and assembled by artist and owner Molly Millar Dodge in her studio in Los Angeles, California.

Each tapestry canvas is made from Lithuanian flax linen. Flax is one of the most sustainable fabrics produced today — using just a quarter of the water that cotton requires during processing. Linen also requires little use of pesticides (cotton uses seven times more presides than linen) and the linen industry produces very little waste because every byproduct of the flax plant is used.

Categories: Wall Hangings

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4. KAZI

KAZI is a line of modern handcrafted goods made by artisans in Africa. The ethical brand’s home decor collection includes baskets, vases, and tabletop pieces made from natural, food-safe dyes and locally sourced natural fibers, including sisal and sweetgrass.

KAZI is a Fair Trade Federation member and is dedicated to providing development opportunities for their artisans, reinvesting their profits into training initiatives that help farmers learn artisanal skills and craftspeople continue to expand their skills.

Categories: Baskets, Planters, Wall Hangings, Vases

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5. Kiliim

Kiliim is an Egyptian social enterprise and a lifestyle brand that aims to revive and sustain the local craft of handmade kilim making in Egypt by introducing modern designs to a time-honored technique. All Kiliim rugs are manufactured in Fowwa, a small village situated along the lush Nile Delta. Kiliim’s craftspeople come from a long line of kilim artisans who consider the craft as part of their heritage and are paid a living wage for their traditional, heritage craft. Each purchase supports Kiliim’s initiative to put Fowwa back on the local and international map for authentic kilim rug craftsmanship.

Each Kiliim product uses the finest quality wool yarn and dyes and is guaranteed to last a lifetime. Made of 100% Egyptian wool or 100% Egyptian cotton, a Kiliim product is immediately recognized for its impeccable craftsmanship and vibrant, timeless beauty. 

Categories: Blankets, Pillows, Rugs

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6. Ichcha

Ichcha doesn’t just create a line of beautiful home products, they also work to greatly improve the lives of their women artisan partners in India and to promote the heritage craft of block printing, hand weaving, and hand embroidery. Ichcha is committed to having a minimal impact on the planet by only working with natural vegetable dyes made from flowers, leaves, minerals, trees, and bark. This ensures their products are safe for their artisans, consumers, and the earth. Ichcha’s handwoven fabrics are made from chemical-free cotton, handspun, and intricately woven on nomadic looms.

Through partnerships with NGOs, Ichcha’s artisans are taught both Hindi and English, and receive medical checkups for themselves and their families. Ichcha’s artisans also set their own prices. Each piece is designed in New York by the three sisters who run Ichcha and are handcrafted by women artisans in rural communities all across India.

Categories: Curtains, Table Linens, Pillows

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7. Magda Made

Magda Made is a fair trade home goods and accessories brand based in Colombia, working with individual Colombian makers, as well as artisan groups, women’s cooperatives, and development organizations in the country. Every Magda Made product is handmade using locally and ethically sourced materials.

To ensure transparency, safe conditions, and fair wages, Magda Made visits all the locations where they source their products. The brand reinvests its profits into community development programs and economic opportunities for artisans.

Categories: Baskets, Storage, Wall Hangings

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8. Rose & Fitzgerald

Rose & Fitzgerald is an art, design, and craft studio based in Kampala, Uganda, founded by a Californian couple, Courtney and Laren, who fell in love with the beauty of the indigenous materials and craftspeople they encountered in their adopted home of Africa. Rose & Fitzgerald believes the method in which each product is created is as important as the finished good itself, and that the provenance of the materials used is a crucial and meaningful part of the process.

Each piece Rose & Fitzgerald produces is handmade by individual artisans using luxurious materials that have been sourced locally, such an Ankole horn, palm leaf, pure brass, Mugavu and Teak wood, leather, and organic cotton. Rose & Fitzgerald works with East Africa’s most extraordinary talents in techniques such as carpentry, hand chiseling and carving, sculpting, casting, metalworking, hand-looming, sewing and weaving—all techniques that have been passed down through generations.

Categories: Pillows, Baskets, Kitchen

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9. Soil to Studio

Soil to Studio uses time-honored techniques like handloom weaving, block-printing, natural dyeing, and hand embroidering to slow make table linens, pillows, wall art, rugs, and scarves in intentional, small batches. Each piece is made by artisans in rural villages and communities in India from natural fibers like wool, organic cotton, Indian linen, and silk.

Founder Swati Bansal was born and raised in the small town of Udaipur in Rajasthan, India, where her upbringing fostered a strong appreciation for slow made textiles and handmade techniques. Soil to Studio’s mission is to empower artisans and their families, preserve local craftsmanship techniques, and to create sustainable livelihoods for their artisans. Soil to Studio follows fair trade practices and asks artisans to set their own prices for the pieces they make. Soil to Studio is also committed to sustainability by using low energy manufacturing techniques, utilizing solar power, rainwater collection and the reuse of post-production scraps. Soil to Studio is a POC-owned and women-owned brand.

Categories: Pillows, Table linens, Scarves

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10. Archive New York

Heritage techniques are celebrated in each piece of Archive New York’s vibrant, colorful pillows, blankets, rugs, and towels. Their team works exclusively with artisan weavers in Mexico, Guatemala and India to help preserve fragile art forms and approaches to design that support slow production practices.

Archive New York products are made with locally sourced fibers and natural dyes wherever possible, and are handwoven with both traditional backstrap looms and foot looms. Archive New York is a women-owned company based in Los Angeles, California and pays living wages to all their artisan partners through either direct trade or certified Fair Trade groups.

Categories: Pillows, Rugs, Blankets

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11. Anchal Project

Founded by sisters Colleen and Maggie Clines, Anchal Project creates sustainable economic opportunities for women in India. Inspired by north India’s rich textiles and heirloom craftsmanship, Anchal’s contemporary pieces are made using traditional Kantha quilting techniques. Every pillow, quilt, and table linen from the brand is handmade by women artists in India earning fair wages and is crafted using GOTS-certified organic cotton.

Categories: Pillows, Quilts, Table Linens

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12. Slash Objects

Brooklyn-based brand Slash Objects uses 100% post-consumer recycled rubber for their sleek tabletop goods and baskets. The women-owned company uses materials sourced from US manufacturers and pays all employees living wages.

Slash Objects’ contemporary, one-of-a-kind designs and top-notch craftsmanship result is truly exceptional and sustainable home goods.

Categories: Tabletop, Baskets

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13. Zuahaza

Zuahaza’s richly patterned and vibrantly colored hand-loomed textiles are woven, dyed, and sewn by a group of women artisans in Charalá, Colombia. All of Zuahaz’s artisans are paid fairly, earning wages that are nearly double Columbia’s minimum wage.

The conscious home brand’s vibrant, artisan-made goods are sustainably crafted from Peruvian organic cotton and dyed with natural dyes. Zuahaza also uses low waste and water-saving production techniques for their standout textiles.

Categories: Pillows, Blankets

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14. Middle Kingdom

Middle Kingdom’s imperial caliber porcelain pieces are handmade in Jingdezhen, China. The city was designated as a major kiln site over a millennia ago — and the Chinese Emperor and courteven sourced porcelain from Jingdezhen’s kilns!

The porcelain plates, bowls, cups, and vases from this brand are designed with contemporary aesthetics while still paying homage to the age-old art of Chinese porcelain. Middle Kingdom is a Women of Color-owned company paying fair wages to all artisans.

Categories: Ceramics, Plates + Bowls,

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15. Katie M. Mudd Ceramics

Handmade with care in Portland, Oregon by Katie Mudd herself, Katie Mudd’s quality planters are a thoughtful addition to any plant-lovers home.

Each of this brand’s pieces is handcrafted by founder and ceramist Katie Mudd using local materials sourced from business in the Pacific Northwest.

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16. D.A.R. Projects

Working collaboratively with artisans in Northern Perú, D.A.R. Projects creates modern, quality pieces using heritage techniques and materials.

The innovative designs from D.A.R. (an acronym that stands for Desarrollo Artesanal Rentable, which translates to Sustainable Artisan Development) has earned the brand national and international recognition.

Categories: Pillows, Planters, Poufs

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