The Rug Gallery’s new range of modern rugs

THE Rug Gallery Tasmania is renowned for selling an array of beautiful, traditional Persian and oriental rugs – and is now adding a range of modern rugs to its repertoire.

Fourth-generation rug weaver and Rug Gallery owner Khalid Shah Sultan is showcasing a new collection of hand- knotted modern rugs at his Bathurst Street store.

“In July last year I travelled to Nepal, India and Pakistan to source rugs with modern designs,” Mr Sultan said.

“Many modern rugs on offer in Australia are made of synthetic fibres like polypropylene and nylon by a machine, so we wanted to offer Tasmanians beautifully hand-crafted rugs with designs that suit modern homes.

“The rugs at The Rug Gallery Tasmania are all ethically sourced directly from weavers who specialise in hand- knotting and organic dying.”

Mr Sultan said he was excited to be offering Tasmanian households modern rug designs using the same traditional practices.

“During my travels I found rugs with geometrical shapes, block colours and abstract designs that will compliment and elevate modern homes,” he said.

“Our hope is to show the value of each of piece by sharing the stories of weavers.”

In the late 1800s, Mr Sultan’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.

“My great-grandfather wentontosetupa rug factory in Kashmir where he taught my grandfather and father the art of weaving,” he said.

Before opening The Tasmanian Rug Gallery in 2022, Mr Sultan saw a gap in the market for high quality, artisan rugs.

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.

Mr Sultan personally hand-picks rugs from families that have been practising the art of weaving for centuries.

“Skilled weavers from the Middle East can often be exploited by agencies,” he said.

“The precision, time and effort put into each rug is astounding, so I have made it my top priority to ethically source all of our rugs directly from the weavers to support them in their craftmanship.

“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.”

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

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