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Nomad Rugs History

I fell in love with the beauty and mystery of oriental rugs more than 30 years ago. While traveling in the rug-weaving countries of Turkey, Pakistan and Morocco, I got hooked on the intricate designs, the vibrant colors and the cultural history of these extraordinary textiles. I like to call these carpets art you can walk on.

Nomad Rugs got its start in my garage in San Francisco in 1995. I began importing carpets on frequent trips abroad and sold them on the sidewalk in front of my apartment on 24th Street in the city’s Mission District. This little stretch of sidewalk became known as Chris’ Bazaar. I’ve since moved up the street to a proper storefront. But I retain the same principles I’ve had since the beginning: offering unique rugs, great value and personal expertise.


Nomad Rugs specializes in new Naturally Dyed Rugs. With their longevity and natural materials, handmade rugs are one of the most sustainable products ever made. We work with some of the best producers of contemporary carpets and collaborate directly with weaving families. This allows us to design unique rugs that you will not find in other shops.  Additionally, we work with Care and Fair and other socially responsible weaving projects to insure that our rugs are beautiful and made with integrity.


About Us

Try before you buy. At Nomad Rugs, we will help you find a rug for a lifetime. We always recommend that you take a rug on a home “test drive” to be certain that you absolutely love it. Or order it online for a ten day preview. We do not pressure our clients into buying rugs. In fact, our rugs are so beautiful they sell themselves! And if you are ordering online now we offer free shipping and you can return any rug for a full refund.


Browse our Online Store, where we feature a large sampling of the carpets and kilims we import. Our store offers secure shopping and merchandise ordered online is shipped within 2 business days. We are committed to offering exceptional rugs of extraordinary value.

Is this your first time buying a hand woven rug? Do you need a little more information? Stop by the shop or give us a call so I can be of more help. Also, take a look at our “Rugs 101” page on our website where I try to address some of the questions I am most often asked.

Want to learn more about us? I started Nomad Rugs in 1995. Since then, I can boast of thousands of satisfied customers. My reputation in the rug industry is of honesty and integrity. And I am proud to be listed as one of San Francisco’s best Oriental Rug dealers by rug expert Barry O’Connell and by Joyce Ware in her concise guide book “Collecting Oriental Rugs”. But don’t just take my word for it. Check out our many FIVE Star reviews on Google and Yelp

Walk on any art lately?