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Gallery History

Founded in 1988 by Fred & Pat Nasseri, The Gallery of Oriental Rugs was built on the mission to create a company synonymous with quality and value in the area rug and carpet market. They met that mission with what is recognized today as a leading retailer of high-quality area rugs and carpets nationwide.

The Gallery of Oriental Rugs has predominantly wool products featuring high quality traditional pieces and designer-driven patterns and styles. The Gallery of Oriental Rugs has become a well-known resource for hand-knotted and machine-made rugs in the Eastern Carolina’s. The Gallery has an inventory of over 7,000 rugs and 1,000 carpet samples. Recently the Gallery of Oriental Rugs purchased 25-acres south of Wilmington and has plans to expand and capture the growing regional and national market.

The Gallery continues to set its sights on the people and products that distinguish the company as a true leader. Above all, the Gallery of Oriental Rugs remains committed to its core mission of delivering the finest rugs with a dedication to quality, value and service.

Lectures, Exhibitions and Seminars

In collaboration with the Cameron Art Museum, University of North Carolina in Wilmington, the Morning Star Newspaper, Cape Fear Technical College, and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) we have organized a number of lectures, exhibitions and seminars about the history, origin, style, value, decoration and preservation of Oriental Rugs. Additionally, on a daily basis we offer invaluable information both verbally and written (brochure) to our customers about our rugs and interior design to facilitate the best choice of rug.

Awards and Recognition

We have won the most prestigious award in the rug retail business. In July 2007 at a ceremony organized by Americas Mart our Gallery won the Rug Retailer of The Year Award. Participants at the ceremony were the Oriental Rug Importers Association and the Oriental Rug Retailers of America. The Gallery of Oriental Rugs is a destination for designers and collectors in America. After winning this prestigious award we have observed an increased national recognition from Interior Designers, Developers and Private Collectors.


The Wilmington NC showroom was designed with a vaulted ceiling to resemble an imperial tent. This 15,000 square-foot gallery is one of the most elegant in America, housing millions of dollars of fine high quality Persian, European, and Oriental Rugs. This Gallery designed like an imperial tent displays our rugs beautifully, reflecting the time-honored tradition of an art and craft that has existed for more than two millennia. Our inventory comprises of over 7,000 rugs.

Corporate Headquarters

  • 4101 Oleander Drive
  • Wilmington, NC 28403
  • Tel: 910.392.2605
  • Toll-free 800-999-2605
  • Fax: 910.392.7878
  • Email: info@rugsnc.com
  • Website: www.rugsnc.com

Hours of Operation

  • 9:00am to 6:00pm EST Monday – Saturday
  • Sunday – By Appointment


  • Nationwide and International Shipping
  • Purchasing Agents in India
  • Several United States Importing Companies