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Oriental and Persian style traditional rugs 

Oriental and Persian style traditional rugs are available in a vast range of qualities and designs from cheap machine woven rugs to unique vegetable dyed, hand-knotted wool rugs that take months to compete. Classic designs origins date back centuries and are usually based on Persian, Turkish and Oriental patterns. Please feel free to view our collections of classical designs, most are available in medium sizes from 120cm x 170cm to extra large sizes of 200cm x 290cm and you may even find a few available in XX large 240cm x 330cm sizes.

So, what are traditional Rugs?

We often look at stripes or tartans as trendy, but they are without doubt traditional patterns, it’s only variations in colour and styling that give them a modernistic theme. A modern traditional rug or carpet usually takes its design characteristics from ancient hand knotted Persian and Turkish designs. There are literally hundreds of design styles, which may look similar, but have all have their own little idiosyncrasies depending upon the people or province who wove them. Real traditional rugs are woven in wool and many of the design names relate to the city or town they originated, in the case of tribal nomadic designs it’s the name of the tribe.

A list and a brief description of typical and not so typical designs that adorn our traditional rugs

Rugs with a central Medallion generally follow similar design themes, the symbols that make up the design of the rug usually have a message to convey, here are a few examples that you will see in varying forms on many rugs.

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Typical Persian Rug Design Elements

Star: Spirituality and Good Luck Diamond: Signifies woman when two diamonds are attached together this means a man and a woman. Comb: Cleanliness Lotus: Rebirth and Immortality. Dog: Protection, trust and defence Boteh: Flame and Universe Cross: Faith Ram’s Horn: Fertility, heroism and power Pomegranate: Fertility Iris: Religious Liberty Tree of Life: The direct path from Earth to Heaven.

Afshar Rugs: Styled on Turkic Afshar tribes from mountainous regions of Iranian Azerbaijan. The style of design is geometric florals often featuring blue, rust and ochre colours.

Agra Rugs: More famous for its landmark the Taj Mahal, Agra is a large city in the Uttar Pradesh province in India. The traditional rugs have patterns that dominate this region are typically floral scrolls in an all-over style design. 

Ardebil Rugs: Traditional rugs from the Iranian north western Arbabil province, their weaves are famed for the using the Azerbaijani knot. The rug designs generally feature geometric motifs in the centrepiece and borders. Popular design stiles include Herati and Mir designs. 

Aubusson rugs: Today we associate the popular scrolling leaves and rose motif designs with hand-tufted Chinese and Indian rugs. However, the origins of these designs are in fact European, Aubusson is a town in central France where flat woven tapestry rugs were produced for the aristocracy to adorn the chateau’s and palaces. While we believe the weaving of traditional rugs first appeared in Aubusson in the 15th Century, the popularity of the these rugs reached their heights in mid 18th Century. 

Bakhtiar Rugs: Originally made by the nomadic Bakhtiari tribe of Iran these traditional rugs are produced in earthy tones of browns, greens, reds, whites and yellows. The patterns are generally botanically themed, with trailing flowers in a square panel design.

Baluch Rugs Woven by Baluch tribes of north eastern Iran and western Afghanistan, these traditional rugs and carpets are often dark and limited in colour often displaying no white or ivory in the predominantly geometric design.

Bidjar (Bijar)| Bokhara | Gabbeh

Ghashghai Rugs: This nomadic people who herd their flocks in Central and Southern Iran have many spelling variations for their tribe, such as Ghashghaei, Kashkay, Gashgay or Qashqai (like the car)

Lori | Keshan | Nain | Oushak

Savonnerie Rugs: During the 17th century, artisans and orphans wove rugs in a former soap factory in Paris, France. The weaving style was developed using the Turkish Ghiordes knot while the design styles were elegantly decadent to suit the French Renaissance Architecture.

Senneh Rugs | Shiraz | Tabriz | Yahyali | Ziegler

Many of these traditional rugs names are taken from the town or village where the design originated while others are produced by Nomadic tribesman and take their name from the tribe. Today's machine made carpets take many of the pattern concepts of these rugs and reproduce them in a vast array of colours and textures. A modern traditional beige rug is most likely to be made using a heat-set polypropylene which as the soft touch of a wool but with far greater durability and stain resistance. Please feel free to browse our traditional rugs collection to find the perfect choice for your home.


  • Stirling Persian Style Distressed Rug in Mauve

    Stirling Persian Style...

    The Pavillion Stirling in mauve is an antique look rug with Persian style design. The rug has a rugged low profile loop pile surface to give the complete with a short fringe typical of classic Kilim rugs. Woven on Wilton looms using durable, stain-resistant polypropylene makes this a rug that is s…
    £75.00 £59.99
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  • Balmoral Traditional Antique look Rug in Blue

    Balmoral Traditional...

    The Pavillion Balmoral in blue is an antique look rug with Persian style design. The rug has a rugged low profile loop pile surface to give the complete with a short fringe typical of classic Kilim rugs. Woven on Wilton looms using durable, stain-resistant polypropylene makes this a rug that is suit…
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  • Hermitage Medallion Classic Rug in Cream & Red

    Hermitage Medallion...

    Central Medallion Traditional Rug  Cream & Red 80cm x 140cm (32in x 56in)   120cm x 170cm (47in x 63in)  160cm x 230cm (59in x 93in)  200cm x 290cm (78in x 114in)  280cm x 380cm (110in x 148in)   Inspir…
    £72.22 £50.00
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  • Classic 140cm Round Aubusson Style in Red and Beige

    Classic 140cm Round...

    Traditional Round Marakesh Aubusson Style Rug in Red Red and Beige 140cm Circle Traditional designs have an eternal appeal and when it comes to pricing usually only found at the higher end of the market. The Classics range of…
    £55.54 £44.43
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  • Classic 140cm Round Aubusson Style in Brown and Beige

    Classic 140cm Round...

    Traditional Round Marakesh Aubusson Style Rug in Brown Brown and Beige 140cm Circle Traditional designs have an eternal appeal and when it comes to pricing usually only found at the higher end of the market. The Classics rang…
    £55.54 £44.43
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  • Classic 140cm Round Aubusson Style in Black and Beige

    Classic 140cm Round...

    Traditional Round Marakesh Aubusson Style Rug in Black Light Green and Dull Cream 140cm Circle Traditional designs have an eternal appeal and when it comes to pricing usually only found at the higher end of the market. The Cl…
    £55.54 £44.43
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  • Classic 140cm Round Aubusson Style in Beige and Dull Cream

    Classic 140cm Round...

    Traditional Round Marakesh Aubusson Style Rug in Beige Beige and Dull Cream 140cm Circle Traditional designs have an eternal appeal and when it comes to pricing usually only found at the higher end of the market. The Classics…
    £55.54 £44.43
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  • Traditional Nain Medallion Circular Rug in Blue 150cm Diamiter

    Traditional Nain...

    Central Nain Style Medallion Traditional Round Rug  Silver Grey 150cm x 150cm (4'11in x 4'11in)     Inspired by Persian Nain designs the Hermitage carpet runners with its carved central medallion and twistin floral trail…
    £121.10 £92.21
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  • Hermitage Medallion Classic Rug in Blue

    Hermitage Medallion...

    Central Medallion Traditional Rug  Grey - Cream 80cm x 140cm (32in x 56in)     120cm x 170cm (47in x 63in) 160cm x 230cm (59in x 93in)  200cm x 290cm (78in x 114in)  280cm x 380cm (110in x 148in) Inspired…
    £72.22 £50.00
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  • Carved Ottoman Medallion in Red and Cream

    Carved Ottoman Medallion...

    The classic design elements of the New English Manor rug in combination with the traditional colouring delivers a woven Wilton rug that is as sophisticated as it is attractive. Woven by Turkish craftsman using extra dense 800,000 points per square metre combined with 12mm soft wool like handling pol…
    £83.31 £55.54
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  • Carved Ottoman Medallion in Grey and Cream

    Carved Ottoman Medallion...

    The classic design elements of the New English Manor rug in combination with the traditional colouring delivers a woven Wilton rug that is as sophisticated as it is attractive. Woven by Turkish craftsman using extra dense 800,000 points per square metre combined with 12mm soft wool like handling pol…
    £83.31 £55.54
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  • Carved Ottoman Medallion in Cream and Sand

    Carved Ottoman Medallion...

    The classic design elements of the New English Manor rug in combination with the traditional colouring delivers a woven Wilton rug that is as sophisticated as it is attractive. Woven by Turkish craftsman using extra dense 800,000 points per square metre combined with 12mm soft wool like handling pol…
    £83.31 £55.54
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  • Traditional Style Woven Rugs and Runners in Black

    Traditional Style Woven...

    Sizes available: Rugs: 60cm x 110cm | 80cm x 150cm | 120cm x 170cm | 160cm x 230cm | 200cm x 290cm | 240cm x 330cm Runners: 60cm x 230cm | 67cm x 300cm This rug is classically styled and manufactured on Wilton loom using stain resistant, heat set polypropylene fibre to give a soft wool like fee…
    £125.00 £98.00
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  • Silver grey Kerman style traditional rugs in small to XL sizes

    Silver grey Kerman style...

    Kerman style traditional rug Sandy beige anf brown 60cm x 110cm (24in x 43in)  | 80cm x 150cm (32in x 59in) | 120cm x 160cm (47in x 63in) | 160cm x 220cm (63in x 91in) | 180cm x 250cm (71in x 98in) | 220cm x 320cm (93in x 126in) …
    £35.00 £21.00
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  • Hermitage Medallion Classic Rug in Grey

    Hermitage Medallion...

    Central Medallion Traditional Rug  Grey - Cream 80cm x 140cm (32in x 56in)     120cm x 170cm (47in x 63in) 160cm x 230cm (59in x 93in)  200cm x 290cm (78in x 114in)  280cm x 380cm (110in x 148in) Inspired…
    £72.22 £50.00
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  • Traditional Nain Medallion Circular Rug in Terracotta 150cm Diamiter

    Traditional Nain...

    Central Nain Style Medallion Traditional Round Rug  Terracotta 150cm x 150cm (4'11in x 4'11in)     Inspired by Persian Nain designs the Hermitage carpet runners with its carved central medallion and twistin floral trails…
    £121.10 £92.21
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  • Traditional Nain Medallion Circular Rug in Silver Grey 150cm Diamiter

    Traditional Nain...

    Central Nain Style Medallion Traditional Round Rug  Silver Grey 150cm x 150cm (4'11in x 4'11in)     Inspired by Persian Nain designs the Hermitage carpet runners with its carved central medallion and twistin floral trail…
    £121.10 £92.21
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  • Traditional Nain Medallion Circular Rug in Red 150cm Diamiter

    Traditional Nain...

    Central Nain Style Medallion Traditional Round Rug  Red 150cm x 150cm (4'11in x 4'11in)     Inspired by Persian Nain designs the Hermitage carpet runners with its carved central medallion and twistin floral trails delive…
    £121.10 £92.21
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  • Traditional Medallion Circular Rug in Green 150cm Diamiter

    Traditional Medallion...

    Round Rug with Nain Style Medallion Traditional Green 150cm x 150cm (4'11in x 4'11in)     Inspired by Persian Nain designs the Hermitage carpet runners with its carved central medallion and twistin floral trails delivers …
    £121.10 £92.21
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  • Traditional Medallion Circular Rug in Cream and Red 150cm Diamiter

    Traditional Medallion...

    Central Nain Style Medallion Traditional Round Rug Cream / Ivory and red 150cm x 150cm (4'11in x 4'11in)     Inspired by Persian Nain designs the Hermitage carpet runners with its carved central medallion and twistin flor…
    £121.10 £92.21
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  • Traditional Medallion Circular Rug in Beige and Black 150cm Diamiter

    Traditional Medallion...

    Central Nain Style Medallion Traditional Round Rug Sandy Beige and Black 150cm x 150cm (4'11in x 4'11in)     Inspired by Persian Nain designs the Hermitage carpet runners with its carved central medallion and twistin flor…
    £121.10 £92.21
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  • Traditional Medallion Circular Rug in Sandy Beige 150cm Diamiter

    Traditional Medallion...

    Central Nain Style Medallion Traditional Round Rug Sandy Beige 150cm x 150cm (4'11in x 4'11in)     Inspired by Persian Nain designs the Hermitage carpet runners with its carved central medallion and twistin floral trails …
    £121.10 £92.21
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  • Hermitage Nain Style Traditional Carpet Runner in Red

    Hermitage Nain Style...

    Central Nain Style Medallion Traditional Carpet Runner Red 67cm x 230cm (26in x 91in)     67cm x 330cm (26in x 132in) Inspired by Persian Nain designs the Hermitage carpet runners with its carved central medallion and…
    £88.87 £66.66
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  • Hermitage Nain Style Traditional Hall Runner in Green

    Hermitage Nain Style...

    Central Nain Style Medallion Traditional Carpet Runner Green  67cm x 230cm (26in x 91in)     67cm x 330cm (26in x 132in) Inspired by Persian Nain designs the Hermitage carpet runners with its carved central medallion…
    £88.87 £66.66
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  • Hermitage Medallion Classic Hall Runner in Sandy Beige

    Hermitage Medallion...

    Central Medallion Traditional Carpet Runner Sandy Beige 67cm x 230cm (26in x 91in)     67cm x 330cm (26in x in) Inspired by Persian Nain designs the Hermitage carpet runners with its carved central medallion and twist…
    £88.87 £66.66
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  • Hermitage Medallion Classic Hall Runner in Beige and Black

    Hermitage Medallion...

    Central Medallion Traditional Carpet Runner Black and Beige 67cm x 230cm (26in x 91in)     67cm x 330cm (26in x in) Inspired by Persian Nain designs the Hermitage carpet runners with its carved central medallion and t…
    £88.87 £66.66
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  • Hermitage Medallion Classic Rug in Dark Terracotta

    Hermitage Medallion...

    Central Medallion Traditional Rug  Terracotta and Beige 80cm x 140cm (32in x 56in)     120cm x 170cm (47in x 63in) 160cm x 230cm (59in x 93in)  200cm x 290cm (78in x 114in)  280cm x 380cm (110in x 148in) …
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  • Pure Wool Chinese Handcrafted Aubusson Rugs in Green

    Pure Wool Chinese...

    100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in Light Green also available in runners, circular and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edged with an equally decorativ…
    £88.87 £66.65
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  • Pure Wool Chinese Handcrafted Aubusson Rugs in Fawn Beige

    Pure Wool Chinese...

    100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in Fawn Beige also available in runners, circular and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edged with an equally decorativ…
    £88.87 £66.65
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  • Hermitage Medallion Classic Rug in Green and Beige

    Hermitage Medallion...

    Central Medallion Traditional Rug  Green and Beige 80cm x 140cm (32in x 56in)     120cm x 170cm (47in x 63in) 160cm x 230cm (59in x 93in)  200cm x 290cm (78in x 114in)  280cm x 380cm (110in x 148in) Inspi…
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  • Hermitage Medallion Classic Rug in Red

    Hermitage Medallion...

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    Central Medallion Traditional Rug  Red, Cream & Beige 80cm x 140cm (32in x 56in)   120cm x 170cm (47in x 63in)  160cm x 230cm (59in x 93in)  200cm x 290cm (78in x 114in)  280cm x 380cm (110in x 148in)  T…
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  • Hermitage Medallion Classic Rug in Beige and Black

    Hermitage Medallion...

    Central Medallion Traditional Rug  Beige, Cream and Black 80cm x 140cm (32in x 56in)   120cm x 170cm (47in x 63in)  160cm x 230cm (59in x 93in) 200cm x 290cm (78in x 114in) 280cm x 380cm (110in x 148in)  I…
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  • Hermitage Medallion Classic Rug in Cream and Red

    Hermitage Medallion...

    Central Medallion Traditional Rug  Beige 80cm x 140cm (32in x 56in)     120cm x 170cm (47in x 63in) 160cm x 230cm (59in x 93in)  200cm x 290cm (78in x 114in) 280cm x 380cm (110in x 148in) The inspired Fren…
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  • Kerman style runner in Beige

    Kerman style runner in Beige

    Kerman style traditional hall runner Berber beige 60cm x 220cm (24in x 93in) ......£29.99   Available in small to XX-Large sizes this Kerman style traditional rug design with a classic centre medallion is fantastic va…
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  • Kerman style runner in red

    Kerman style runner in red

    Kerman style traditional hall runner Reds 60cm x 220cm (24in x 93in) ......£29.99   Available in small to XX-Large sizes this Kerman style traditional rug design with a classic centre medallion is fantastic value for m…
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  • Kerman style traditional in red

    Kerman style traditional...

    Kerman style traditional rug Reds 60cm x 110cm (24in x 43in) | 80cm x 150cm (32in x 59in) | 120cm x 160cm (47in x 63in) | 160cm x 220cm (63in x 91in) | 180cm x 250cm (71in x 98in) | 220cm x 320cm (93in x 126in)   Av…
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Oriental and Persian style traditional rugs 

Oriental and Persian style traditional rugs are available in a vast range of qualities and designs from cheap machine woven rugs to unique vegetable dyed, hand-knotted wool rugs that take months to compete. Classic designs origins date back centuries and are usually based on Persian, Turkish and Oriental patterns. Please feel free to view our collections of classical designs, most are available in medium sizes from 120cm x 170cm to extra large sizes of 200cm x 290cm and you may even find a few available in XX large 240cm x 330cm sizes.

So, what are traditional Rugs?

We often look at stripes or tartans as trendy, but they are without doubt traditional patterns, it’s only variations in colour and styling that give them a modernistic theme. A modern traditional rug or carpet usually takes its design characteristics from ancient hand knotted Persian and Turkish designs. There are literally hundreds of design styles, which may look similar, but have all have their own little idiosyncrasies depending upon the people or province who wove them. Real traditional rugs are woven in wool and many of the design names relate to the city or town they originated, in the case of tribal nomadic designs it’s the name of the tribe.

A list and a brief description of typical and not so typical designs that adorn our traditional rugs

Rugs with a central Medallion generally follow similar design themes, the symbols that make up the design of the rug usually have a message to convey, here are a few examples that you will see in varying forms on many rugs.

-

Typical Persian Rug Design Elements

Star: Spirituality and Good Luck Diamond: Signifies woman when two diamonds are attached together this means a man and a woman. Comb: Cleanliness Lotus: Rebirth and Immortality. Dog: Protection, trust and defence Boteh: Flame and Universe Cross: Faith Ram’s Horn: Fertility, heroism and power Pomegranate: Fertility Iris: Religious Liberty Tree of Life: The direct path from Earth to Heaven.

Afshar Rugs: Styled on Turkic Afshar tribes from mountainous regions of Iranian Azerbaijan. The style of design is geometric florals often featuring blue, rust and ochre colours.

Agra Rugs: More famous for its landmark the Taj Mahal, Agra is a large city in the Uttar Pradesh province in India. The traditional rugs have patterns that dominate this region are typically floral scrolls in an all-over style design. 

Ardebil Rugs: Traditional rugs from the Iranian north western Arbabil province, their weaves are famed for the using the Azerbaijani knot. The rug designs generally feature geometric motifs in the centrepiece and borders. Popular design stiles include Herati and Mir designs. 

Aubusson rugs: Today we associate the popular scrolling leaves and rose motif designs with hand-tufted Chinese and Indian rugs. However, the origins of these designs are in fact European, Aubusson is a town in central France where flat woven tapestry rugs were produced for the aristocracy to adorn the chateau’s and palaces. While we believe the weaving of traditional rugs first appeared in Aubusson in the 15th Century, the popularity of the these rugs reached their heights in mid 18th Century. 

Bakhtiar Rugs: Originally made by the nomadic Bakhtiari tribe of Iran these traditional rugs are produced in earthy tones of browns, greens, reds, whites and yellows. The patterns are generally botanically themed, with trailing flowers in a square panel design.

Baluch Rugs Woven by Baluch tribes of north eastern Iran and western Afghanistan, these traditional rugs and carpets are often dark and limited in colour often displaying no white or ivory in the predominantly geometric design.

Bidjar (Bijar)| Bokhara | Gabbeh

Ghashghai Rugs: This nomadic people who herd their flocks in Central and Southern Iran have many spelling variations for their tribe, such as Ghashghaei, Kashkay, Gashgay or Qashqai (like the car)

Lori | Keshan | Nain | Oushak

Savonnerie Rugs: During the 17th century, artisans and orphans wove rugs in a former soap factory in Paris, France. The weaving style was developed using the Turkish Ghiordes knot while the design styles were elegantly decadent to suit the French Renaissance Architecture.

Senneh Rugs | Shiraz | Tabriz | Yahyali | Ziegler

Many of these traditional rugs names are taken from the town or village where the design originated while others are produced by Nomadic tribesman and take their name from the tribe. Today's machine made carpets take many of the pattern concepts of these rugs and reproduce them in a vast array of colours and textures. A modern traditional beige rug is most likely to be made using a heat-set polypropylene which as the soft touch of a wool but with far greater durability and stain resistance. Please feel free to browse our traditional rugs collection to find the perfect choice for your home.

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