OUR STORY

Rug & Kilim is an award-winning rug company, established in the heart of New York City’s Design District.

For more than 40 years we’ve been a staple for designers with a vast archive of designs, as well as our stand-alone collection of international antiques, vintage Kilims, modern, contemporary, and custom in-house designs.

Founded in 1980 by Jahanshah “Josh” Nazmiyal, Rug & Kilim has come a long way since its beginnings in Short Hills, New Jersey—where he was nationally recognized as a specialist in rare Oriental rugs with one of the largest collections in the United States. Soon after opening a second location in Morristown, Josh’s vast knowledge of antique carpets, coupled with his exemplary collection, laid the groundwork for the next chapter in Rug & Kilim’s journey to New York City. In the decade since, that wealth of experience has flourished with an ever-growing collection, including the largest international collection of Kilim. The family-owned business has since welcomed Josh’s eldest son, Cyrus, to the Manhattan showroom, where the Nazmiyal team collaborates with artists, designers, and international manufacturers in the design capital of the world.

Josh’s lifelong passion for carpets inspired him to create his own iconic designs with the best manufacturers around the world. With his innovative spirit he strives to create new textures and weaves using the finest exotic designs, including the largest collection of yarn in New York. R & K now features designs that can be customized by color, fiber, and pile height, including proud Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian collections. We can proudly say our carpets have graced the most beautiful homes around the world—from the latest contemporary to the most delicate antique, every piece is selected for its rarity, its cultural significance, and its ultimate beauty.

We don’t cut corners and truly understand the unique heritage and significance of traditional rug artisanship. Our weavers continue to craft the rugs entirely by hand, using the very same techniques their ancestors did. Our raw materials are naturally luxurious and are handled with such reverence that they lose none of their extraordinary properties during the production process.

This ensures that every handmade piece is entirely individual. We’re obsessive about good design and are always striving to innovate and inspire. We understand the importance of service and our sales team not only have an expert understanding of the rugs but also how to best use and place them. They will go to great lengths to guide you through the rug buying process, helping you find the perfect piece.”Christopher & Suzanne Sharp

We don’t cut corners and truly understand the unique heritage and significance of traditional rug artisanship. Our weavers continue to craft the rugs entirely by hand, using the very same techniques their ancestors did. Our raw materials are naturally luxurious and are handled with such reverence that they lose none of their extraordinary properties during the production process.

This ensures that every handmade piece is entirely individual. We’re obsessive about good design and are always striving to innovate and inspire. We understand the importance of service and our sales team not only have an expert understanding of the rugs but also how to best use and place them. They will go to great lengths to guide you through the rug buying process, helping you find the perfect piece.”Christopher & Suzanne Sharp