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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