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Our  History

Creation is a collaborative process. At The Rug Company our handknotted rugs are the result of the shared passion and dedication of a diverse network of people. One that ranges from the skilled weavers in Nepalese mills, to the dedicated teams laying the finished rugs in homes around the globe.

We share a collective pride that we produce and source the finest quality rugs in the world. For 20 years we have been driven by curiosity and a cultivated collector’s eye, travelling far and wide to discover rare and exceptional pieces. Crafting each rug takes four months, but they last generations because we use the same time-honoured techniques employed by artisans for hundreds of years.

A synergy of nature and craft, the refined textures of our rugs are elevated by the raw materials we choose. We only use wool from high on the Tibetan plateau, wool so rich in natural lanolin that it is oily to touch. Our spinners, weavers and dyers handling it with reverence to retain its extraordinary properties.

Design is at the heart of everything we do from our experienced in-house studio to external talents with whom we collaborate; visionary designers who have blazed a trail in their respective fields of fashion, design or architecture.

We understand that selecting a rug is a process too - a personal journey - that takes time, but is well worth the wait.

Meet the Founders 

"Ever since we founded The Rug Company in 1997, we have endeavoured to create the most desirable rugs in the world. Uniquely, we achieve this by combining the ancient craft of rug making with the creative brilliance of some of today’s most talented designers. Our rugs are beautiful, distinctive and original.


We don’t cut corners and truly understand the unique heritage and significance of traditional rug artisanship. Our weavers continue to craft the rugs entirely by hand, using the very same techniques their ancestors did. Our raw materials are naturally luxurious and are handled with such reverence that they lose none of their extraordinary properties during the production process.

This ensures that every handmade piece is entirely individual. We’re obsessive about good design and are always striving to innovate and inspire. We understand the importance of service and our sales team not only have an expert understanding of the rugs but also how to best use and place them. They will go to great lengths to guide you through the rug buying process, helping you find the perfect piece."

Christopher & Suzanne Sharp
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