When you live in Dubai, you certainly have lots of choice – a variety of styles, colors, materials, textures and even prices – from cheap area rugs to palace worthy carpets. Rugs form an important part of a home in Middle Eastern culture.
At present, many of you may be ordering your rugs online from Morocco, Turkey or India. Here are our suggestions of places to look for rugs in Dubai.
Avioni Home - a small homegrown company focused on sharing with you their passion for colors, textures and soft furnishings. Headquartered in Panipat, India, a city widely known as the “City of Weavers”. The rugs are carefully handpicked from small and medium manufacturers located throughout India and they strive to source ethically and fair trade compliant products. Many of the items are individually woven on handlooms by weavers whose skills have been passed down through many generations.
Tribe Dubai – Sustainable, Handmade, Ethically sourced. They have a collection of rugs made from wool, cotton, viscose and jute. Every one of the rugs has a cotton backing and braided edge on the underside to provide strength and stability, ensuring that the rug will look as good as new for many years.
The Loom Collection – The lovely collection of uniquely designed rugs are artisan made and ethically produced. All the rugs are hand woven in Northern India, using traditional techniques to create floor rugs that are warm and classic. You can also borrow free rug samples for up to 4 rugs for a maximum of 3 hours, to test out how the rugs look in your home.
Zuleya – a retail brand in the UAE that sells carpets and handicrafts made by the Fatima Bint Mohamed Bin Zayed initiative (FBMI) in Afghanistan, with all profits being reinvested into FBMI. Zuleya has its flagship showroom in Dubai Design District (D3). Their process is 100% organic and 100% made in Afghanistan – from purchasing wool from nomads, to spinning wool to yarn, dyeing, designing and hand-knotting the carpets. It is a truly sustainable initiative and a highly successful social enterprise.
The Best Vintage Rugs
65-67 Sharjah Central Market. Sharjah. Contact +971506786168
There are many smaller stores at the Sharjah Central Market & the Fujairah Friday Market as well. Keep your eyes open for great rugs as you walk down those lanes and don’t forget to bargain!
Al Madaen Carpets – This little shop in Satwa is a treasure trove. They have absolutely gorgeous, colorful, vintage, handmade rugs at super affordable prices. Contact 050 644 3881
Mid-range Rugs for a Modern Home
Pottery Barn – Here you will find rugs to suit any lifestyle – from hardwearing natural fiber rugs to beautiful natural texture rugs that suit both modern and traditional interiors. Stop to look at their Channing or Brandon Persian-Style Rugs. These are artisan made and are beautiful interpretations of antique rug motifs.
West Elm – The Distressed Heirloom collection is handcrafted and traditionally designed, with a modern outlook and is a huge success in any style of room. The detailed intricate patterns look aged and worn as though standing the tests of time.
The People of Sand – They have beautiful Moroccan style runners to large area Berber rugs. You’ll also find a great collection of vintage Beni Ourain and Boucherouite rugs.
The Bowery Company – They have an absolutely fabulous collection of rugs that are fully machine washable and stunning!! Stop here if Scandi design is your thing.
Easier on the pocket rugs
IKEA – Affordable, easy to clean and attractive designs. Their Persian Rug selection – Silkeborg is stunning if you don’t want the modern, Scandinavian look.
Homes R Us – The printed rugs stand out here and they’re really stunning! The collection here gets updated on a regular basis. You will easily find a 3m x 2m rug for your indoor space within AED 1,000.
Pan Emirates – You will certainly find a bargain at Pan Emirates. They have large rugs as well as small area rugs. Stocks change on a regular basis.
Home Centre – The style of rugs is always updated and you will invariably find something new and absolutely affordable. Some rugs or dhurries are sourced by artisans in India as well. They have a lovely collection of outdoor rugs too.
Piece of Art rugs
The Rug Company – You have to see them to believe that each rug is a piece of art – from contemporary style to handmade and traditional dhurries to signature one-off editions. Located at Al Serkal Avenue, Unit 65. Contact 04 379 1217
If we have missed your favourite rug store in Dubai, please let us know and we will be happy to update our list and visit your recommended store.
We also have a direct source for rugs in Mirzapur, India. Get in touch with us on +971 50 267 7042 and we will be glad to share the contact details with you.