When Alex Rees set up Rugs of Petworth nine years ago, his aim was to bring a fresh approach to the ancient industry of handmade carpet weaving.

He opened a small shop in the historic West Sussex market town of Petworth, focusing on ‘modern classics’ – the gap between traditional, heavily patterned carpets and contemporary designer rug.

The showroom offers an impressive and highly refined selection of one-of-a-kind rugs and carpets that are handcrafted at the most reputable sources in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and India. Alex travels frequently to Asia to select each piece personally and to meet the dealers and skilled artisans, who can spend many months, sometimes years, designing, weaving and meticulously hand-finishing a single piece. Alex’s respect for the history of the craft is evident in the way he carefully chooses colours, patterns and styles, knowing his discerning customers will appreciate uniqueness, craftsmanship and exceptional quality.

Rugs of Petworth is rare in offering rugs and carpets that enhance and add character and soul to both period and contemporary homes. The company has built a reputation on selling rugs of all sizes, but it is the large carpets that really steal the show. Large handmade carpets are a rare thing to find as so few looms exist that are wide enough to produce them. They are also extremely impressive, both as an item of beauty in its own right and also as part of a well put together room scheme. Rugs of Petworth stock carpets measuring up to 7m x 5m (23’ x 16’) and can source any size of carpet for particular projects.

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The company prides itself on a helpful approach. Alex’s staff have in-depth knowledge and understand how best to help customers find a superb rug for a room, paying close attention to the individual requirements of both client and room. Rugs of Petworth offers a personalised home appointment service in Britain, especially useful for anyone thinking of buying a large handmade carpet. This gives potential buyers the opportunity to see the piece in its real home environment meaning that they can commit confidently to their purchase.

Rugs of Petworth knows that choosing a one-of-a-kind rug can be a challenge when it comes to colours and sizes for specific rooms, and that’s why they also work closely with interior designers to help complete their vision and find the perfect piece for a room.

Within the first five years, the showroom expanded twice and Rugs of Petworth continues to grow steadily. The company aims to expand its reach while maintaining its personalised service, expertise and the small shop charm that loyal customers have come to delight in.

Rugs of Petworth, 19 East Street, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0AB. +44 (0)1798 344027

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