Rug Weaving in India

Greetings all rug lovers. Check out these amazing images take from our friends at Indigo Looms. These show some of the weavers and the villages in India where these rugs are woven for Indigo Looms. Beautiful shots! At these rugs are woven with all natural dyes and available at Nomad Rugs. Thanks for checking it…


Color Inspires At Nomad Rugs

Color is the single most important aspect of a rug. The first thing you notice when looking at a rug is color. And we react to colors on a profound gut level. Color preferences are deeply personal. One person loves blues, the other loves reds. Color affects us and confronts us in all aspects of our…

Sorting Wool

Cottage Industry Rug Weaving

Our rugs from Afghanistan come from cottage industry producers. These rugs are not woven in factories or compounds. The weaving actually takes place in the individual families homes. The weavers are provided with dyed wool, loom and design and they weave on their own time and according to their own schedule. This type of weaving…


Tribal Peoples of India

Following are some gorgeous images taken by my intrepid traveling friend, Donna T., who is currently on a new adventure in India. Amazing photos of people from such a different world than ours. Thanks Donna!


What Is a Village Rug

What is a “village rug”? Great question! It is one of the strange terms that we “ruggies” use that probably sounds strange but makes a lot of sense once you know what it describes. Village rugs refer to rugs that were woven by settled villagers. Village rugs are created in a cottage industry setting and…

Weaving Family

Weaving for Peace

Since I first started my business, Nomad Rugs, in 1995 I have sold thousands of rugs woven by Afghan weavers. Over the 20 years I have been in business, it is safe to say that Afghan rugs hold a special place in my heart. And my dealings with Afghan weavers, merchants and producers has enriched my life.…


Modern is the New Black!

Modern rugs are hot right now! At Nomad Rugs, we have always carried modern rugs in our San Francisco showroom. However, within the last two or three years, the sale of modern rugs has tripled for us! In addition, there has been such a explosion in experimentation in modern rugs from using new materials and…

20th annual fall sale

20 Years in Business!

Come celebrate 20 years of business at Nomad Rugs. I first established Nomad Rugs in 1995 after travels in Morocco, Turkey and Pakistan led me on the quest of rugs. Since then my enthusiasm and passion has not waned. I still love sourcing and importing new rugs and finding homes for them in which to…

Turkman Rug

What Is A Tribal Rug

What is a tribal rug? I am asked this question frequently. There is a simple answer… but also a more nuanced answer so I will try to give you both. First off, my website is broken into several “Search By Style” categories including “Tribal Designs“. This is somewhat of a broad category and sometimes it is…

Indo Gabbeh

The Great Gabbeh Rug

Gabbeh rugs are fabulous. The wonderful colors, the rich silky wool and the minimal designs have inspired countless rug lovers (myself included)! But just what is a “gabbeh“? Good question! I am asked this question at least once a week and while trying to formulate a concise response, I decided it might be best if…

Large Rug on the Loom

Rugs on the Loom

Greetings Nomad Rugs readers. Here are a couple of gorgeous shots I wanted to share with you. These came from one of our Afghan rug producers. In recent years, we have been custom ordering certain rugs with our own “bespoke” designs (that word is starting to get a bit over used… sorry.) Anyway, some of…


Machik Project Strengthens Tibetan Communities

Proceeds from the sale of our Zamling Tibet Project rugs benefit Machik. These gorgeous rugs are woven in Nepal with all handspun wool and natural dyes. With over 250 distinct colors derived entirely from natural plant sources. The wool is entirely hand carded and handspun wool lanolin rich Himalayan wool. The designs range from unique one-of-a-kind…

Rex Ray Rugs

Rex Ray Fills Nomad Rugs with Color and Design

We are so excited to be carrying Rex Ray’s stunning and fabulous carpets! Rex Ray is a San Francisco based artist and designer who is well loved for his colorful and graphically bold work. Many of his designs have a distinctive retro/modern feeling that is so in-tune with the current design. The Samad brothers contacted Rex…

3rd Phase Chief’s Blanket

Stunning Navajos Displayed at SF’s DeYoung Museum

  Recently, I had the chance to stop by the San Francisco DeYoung Museum to see the stellar collection of Navajo carpets that are currently being displayed. What a feast for the eye!!! You may not know, but our beloved SF DeYoung has an incredible permanent collection of amazing carpets and kilims from the Turkey,…

Beni Ourain

The Versatile Beni Ourain Rug

Recently, we have been importing and selling an enormous amount of Beni Ourain style rugs. These wonderfully versatile carpets fit into so many different decors. Their simple geometric designs and the neutral colors are perfect compliments to modern and mid-century modern furniture. But first, some background on these Beni Ourian rugs. Beni Ourain rugs are…

Heriz Rug

The Astonishing Heriz Rug

I love Heriz rugs! They astonish me. The wonderful variety, the splendid colors and the glorious designs of Heriz rugs just thrill me! But, “what is a Heriz rug” you may ask…. well, it is a rug with a design inspired by the legendary rugs from the Heriz area. Heriz is a city in North…


New Website Launched

  Have you noticed anything different around We’ve been busy working on a new website the past few months and are thrilled to launch the new design. You can now view our rugs in all kinds of new ways – please explore the site and comment below if you’d like to share your thoughts.…


Our New Colors

In December we closed for a week to repaint the store. Now things look fresh and neat and more colorful!

Come by to check out our new colors and our new rugs!



Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year from Chris, Chico and all the team at Nomad Rugs! We have had a wonderful year and we are so thankful for all of your support! We look forward to seeing you in 2014! Lots of new surprises in store for the New Year!


Travels in Northern India

Greetings for India! I have embarked on an adventure sourcing beautiful rugs in Norther India. The rugs here are gorgeous and the people are kind and helpful. I am also meeting with rug producers here to produce unique “bespoke” products designed and woven exclusively for Nomad Rugs! Orders have been placed and I expect the…


Ocelot at Nomad Rugs

Come by Nomad Rugs to check out Ocelot’s gorgeous textiles and clothes. On show from Oct. 26th until Nov 24th. Angelina DeAntonis is the gifted SF artist behind Ocelot. For years she has been making stunning “wearable art” clothes that have displayed in museum collections. And now she is also creating stunning textiles and furniture…

Emperor Carpet at the Met

Conserving the Emperor’s Carpet

The Emperor’s Carpet is an extraordinary example of Safavid weaving held in the NY Met’s permanent collection. The Safavid empire is considered to have supported and inspired the pinnacle of Persian rug weaving. And the weaving from this period has shaped all rug weaving that followed. I have had the good fortune to visit this…


Sheep Shearing Season

In spring, it is sheep shearing season in Afghanistan. Here are some great shots taken by one of our rug producers. These guys are “old-style” using large hand shears. Great smiles and close-shaves.

Stop by the shop to say hello. We look forward to seeing you!

Animal Head carpet

Mystical Moghals at the DeYoung

Currently, the de Young in San Francisco has a truly fascinating textile show in their textile gallery. The de Young has a staggering permanent collection of textiles squirreled away in it’s cupboards and vaults. Occasionally, these relics are dusted off and shown. Remember the recent (and wonderful!) kilim exhibit? But many of the thousands of…

World’s Most Expensive Rug

World’s Most Expensive Carpet

We have a new record! Yesterday, this admittedly gorgeous 17th century Kerman sold for just  south of $34 MILLION dollars! Wowzers! That shatters the previous record by more than three times. The carpet was sold to an anonymous phone bidder so your guess is as good as mine as to where it is going? It…

Mamluk Runner

Runners, Runners, Runners!

We are constantly selling and constantly in need of runners here at Nomad Rugs. San Francisco sure has a LOTs of hallways! I guess it is the Victorian and Edwardian architecture. There is the endearing “shotgun flat” with the 30+ foot long hallway. There are the classic Victorians with the entrance hallways that zig and…

Weaving a 4×6 rug

Images from Afghanistan

Recently one of our rug producers sent us some wonderful images from Afghanistan. Many of the carpets that we sell are currently being woven by Afghan weavers. Some of the images are truly extraordinary. I hope you enjoy these too!

Belouch Pillow

Gorgeous Antique Belouch Pillows

We just received a set of gorgeous antique Belouch pillows. These pillows were made from a great looking antique Belouch rug that was too holy and torn up to be salvaged as a rug…. but it made for some incredible looking pillows! These were made by our talented and wonderful friend, Debbie of DAS. Check…

Felt Pillow

Wonderful Felt Pillows

Just in! These wonderful felt pillows which were hand-made in Nepal. These wonderful colors and soft texture are sure to brighten up any San Francisco flat on the foggiest of days! These are filled with goose down for ultimate softness. I just love the “Rothko” quality of the designs in these wonderful textiles. I hope…