Rug weaving is considered a well paying job in relation to the average income of the region. Because weavers can build their own loom and have a specialized skillset, they are able to choose to produce goods for the exporter who offers them the highest pay. This establishes a ‘set rate’ for the region, and as demand remains high, the rate increases over time. Regardless of order size the rate that a weaver receives is held to this ‘set rate’. It is not possible to underpay a rug weaver as they will simply work for someone else.
Weavers are paid per square foot and earn different rates based on the complexity of the design. ‘Master weavers’ earn the highest rate as they can deliver high quality rugs quickly and train other weavers.