Rugs online is dedicated to bringing culture into every home. We provide handmade rugs that are rich in history, art and story; reflecting the origins and thoughts of it’s weaver.
Handmade rugs are an intricate craft. Many owners aren’t aware of how much thought goes into every stitch. The fact that all handmade rugs take at least 6 months to make has become a huge deterrent to the next generation of potential rug weavers. Fewer people across the different tribes and ethnicities are following in the tradition of creating hand-woven rugs from scratch. This practice is expected to journey to extinction in the next 15 - 20 years, making us the last generation to witness its beauty.
We are committed to supporting this tradition for as long as possible through ethical, sustainable practices ― treasuring each rug like the art piece that it is.
There's no information on when the first handmade rug was crafted, but research suggests it was created in Central Asia, 16th Century. The locals wanted to develop something that would protect them from winter and improve their home aesthetics. The rug was hung on their door to prevent frosty breezes bur also placed it on their floor for a place to sit and rest. As the locals were shepherds, they had access to wool to create these large rugs. The oldest of looms were made of two wooden ribs secured to the ground and warp fastened between them, a tradition which is still followed in manufacturing handmade rugs around the globe.
The first Rug
The oldest carpet found is named the Pazyryk-carpet or the Gorny-Altai carpet discovered in 1947 at an excavation in Siberia. The carpet is 183 X 200 cm. When the rug was discovered, it was frozen in a block of ice, which is why it was well preserved. The rugs, back then were made of higher knots than most of the rugs today and have inspired most of the hand knotted rug designs today. The Pazyryk rug is one of the oldest carpets in the world, dating around 5th c. BC, now in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
It is an un-priceable, highly valuable rug.
A new Beginning
Our family rug store began in this year, making us a siginifact player in the industry for almost 3 decades. Rugs Online ® has come a long way from its beginnings in Sydney, Australia. When we first started out, our passion for handmade rugs drove us to start our own business, with the key vision of ethically sourcing and producing these rugs.
We ensure the sustainability of our process by maintaining close relationships with rug artisans & designers. These partnerships have allowed us to spread the word about this undervalued craft and show just how beautiful each art piece is.
A dying Industry
No more Weavers
Although handmade rugs have been an integral part of many cultures, the long standing history of the hand knotted rugs is under threat of extinction. The tribal rugs produced in villages is deeply deprived of any new, young weaving talent. With this projection, handmade carpets are expected to stop production in 15 years or sooner.
This industry remained highly unregulated for quite some time, which is what pushed the youger generations of these tribes to venture out and pursue other occupations which were more fruitful. With a purchase of a rug, all the middle men received hefty percentages, leaving next to nothing for the rug artists. As such, we will be the last generation to watch how this exquisit art form of handmade rugs is conducted.