The Persian Carpet Offers a Range Services to Fit Your Rug Needs

Service isn’t service without good staff! Our foremost goal at The Persian Carpet is to find our clientele the exact right rug for their needs. Aside from an extensive inventory–the largest from Washington DC to Atlanta–we have well-informed and courteous staff who love to share their wealth of knowledge about rugs. The staff at The Persian Carpet can speak to you competently and kindly, enthusiastically and endlessly(!) about everything: from how a rug is made on a loom and the history of Persian Rugs, to the latest products available on the market and which style would complement your taste and decor.

Our knowledge and experience ensure that you select the right size, design, and colors from our extensive inventory of more than 7000 beautiful rugs. If we do not have the perfect carpet in stock, we will locate and acquire one just for you. Our staff is always available for free consultation on any question regarding oriental carpets.

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Free Shipping

We offer free shipping on any rug within the continental United States with a $500 minimum purchase (UPS Ground). When it comes to shipping rugs, that can amount to a nice chunk of change in savings! If customers require rugs sooner, they can be expedited for a fee–even overnight. The Persian Carpet ships rugs worldwide via UPS, fully insured.

Rug Appraisals

Written appraisals for insurance purposes, equitable distribution, and liquidation are performed in-house by Owner Doug Lay, PhD, Oriental Rug Retailers Certified Rug Appraiser.

Oriental Rug Cleaning

We offer expert on-site cleaning for a variety of rug types, specializing in antique and handmade oriental rugs. You can drop your carpet off at our Durham store or arrange for it to be picked up. Our cleaning service employs the highly efficient Auserelian System. Using our intensive and effective Five-step Process, rugs are thoroughly dusted, washed in cold water with a shampoo specially formulated for oriental rugs, squeegeed, dried, and combed–all done by hand, and with no harsh chemicals. Urine and many other stains may be removed. Long-term mothproofing treatment is also available. Click here to learn more about our rug cleaning services.

Oriental Rug Repair

Our rug repairman is an expert at fixing most minor rug problems, such as worn edges, pile loss on the ends, and small holes from wear. For major repairs, we ship rugs to trusted sources. Click to learn more about our rug repair services.

Oriental Rug Pads

We custom cut padding and carry several types of pads for carpets over hardwood and tile floors. We also install double-sided adhesive padding for use on wall-to-wall carpeting.

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Oriental Rug Information and Education

Curious about oriental rugs? No problem! Check out the Rugs 101 section of the website. It has a wealth of information on all aspects of oriental rugs.

Oriental Rugs for Our Colleagues in the Trade

We welcome inquiries from furniture and rug retailers who wish to carry our Arts and Crafts and Southwest Looms collections. If you would like to apply to become a Stocking Dealer and benefit from the many advantages associated with this status, click here. If you would like to apply for Designer status and receive the many associated benefits, click here. For more information, contact Cynthia McLaren at (919) 489-8362

Oriental Rugs For Sale Online and In-Store

Dealing in fine oriental rugs is what we do best. You could even say it is our raison d'être, or at the very least, our passion. We love oriental rugs. Period. We love the manifold variety of design, the many materials used, the diversity of knots and weaving styles, the difference between the antique and contemporary styles, the depth of history these rugs represent, and the exciting new directions rug production is taking.

Since 1976, The Persian Carpet has provided Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Burlington and Greensboro with the most impressive selection of exquisite oriental rugs in the Carolinas. With an inventory of more than 7000 beautiful rugs, we carry the largest range of fine, hand-knotted rugs, from Washington, DC to Atlanta.

We specialize in these types of wonderful rugs
  • Antique Persian Rugs
  • Antique Caucasian Rugs
  • Antique Chinese Rugs
  • New Hand-Woven Reproductions of Antique Rugs
  • Modern and Contemporary Designed Rugs
  • Tibetan Rugs
  • Arts & Crafts Rugs
  • Craftsman Style Rugs
  • Southwestern Designed Rugs
  • Needlepoint and Aubussons
  • Runners
  • Round and Square Rugs
  • Oversize Rugs


Traditional, Transitional, and Contemporary
Oriental Carpets for your Home

Come visit our location in Durham, NC or you can call us for more information at (919) 489-8362.