Exquisite hand-made rugs weave their way to Bathurst St store

FOURTH generation rug weaver Khalid Shah Sultan moved to Tasmania 18 years ago with the hope of sharing his love and knowledge of the art of rug weaving.

In the late 1800s Khalid’s great-grandfather followed the Silk Road. Beginning in Persia, he made his way through countless towns, villages and cities before finally settling in Kashmir.

“It was a time of great migration, and the King of Kashmir at the time was calling for people to come and practice rug weaving in the region,” Khalid said.

“My great-grandfather went on to set up a rug factory in Kashmir, where he taught my grandfather and then my father and uncles the art of weaving.”

Khalid’s great-grandfather was a master of the trade, and Khalid is working to continue his legacy and build the appreciation of this ancient artform.

Khalid had done exhibitions in Tasmania before opening his Bathurst Street store, The Tasmanian Rug Gallery, and the response he received was always very positive.

“We could see a gap in the market for high quality, artisan rugs and decided to open the store and share this incredible artform with the Tasmanian community,” Khalid said.

The Rug Gallery Tasmania proudly holds one of the largest stocks of silk rugs, knotted Persian and Oriental rugs in Australia, with a collection of beautiful artisan pieces from across the Middle East, including Iran, India, Kashmir, Turkey, Afghanistan and Persia.

Khalid personally hand-picks some of the pieces from countryside Kashmir, made by families that have been practising the art of weaving for centuries.

“Some of the rugs can take up to two years to make, with each rug being made up of millions of knots that are each done by hand,” Khalid said.

“Stocking the rugs in Tasmania is life-changing for some of these families. After working on these pieces for up to two years, the weavers become very attached to the outcome and love seeing photos of the clients that purchase them.”

Khalid and his family are excited to be sharing these incredible works of art with the Hobart community and can’t wait to help create alluring and inspired spaces in your home.

To view The Rug Gallery Tasmania’s extensive collection head to their store at 126 Bathurst Street, Hobart or check them out on Facebook.

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