Roll with it: where to find remarkable – and rare – rugs online

From exotic, vintage and highly prized pieces to contemporary custom designs – all within a few clicks

Oyyo cotton Never Ending Story rug, from €930
Oyyo cotton Never Ending Story rug, from €930

Handcrafted Indian dhurries with a modern sensibility

Simple yet bold prints and patterns are the hallmark of Oyyo, a Stockholm-based design studio that produces beautiful cotton dhurries for its e-shop. And while these are handcrafted in India using centuries-old techniques and locally sourced vegetable dyes, each piece has a thoroughly modern sensibility that is expressed through contemporary hues and minimalist designs. Its graphic rugs are handwoven near Jodhpur, and as such, are subject to slight variations in size – be prepared for 2cm to 5cm differences from the dimensions ordered – and colour (plant dyes can fade over time). Each dhurrie is a work of art, so slight imperfections are to be expected and even celebrated. Oyyo’s flatweave designs are both chic and entirely practical, and they are meant for everyday use, so are washable too. From €465; oyyo.se. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS

Beldi Rugs 1940s wool Beni Ouarain rug, £7,000
Beldi Rugs 1940s wool Beni Ouarain rug, £7,000
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Sought-after monochrome patterns woven to order

Emma Wilson launched Beldi Rugs to feed her obsession with vintage Moroccan rugs. Her focus is the one-off pieces that were woven for generations by families in the various regions of the Atlas Mountains. Most date from the 1960s-1980s, but occasionally Wilson’s dealer comes across something older, such as a Beni Ouarain rug (£7,000) from the 1940s. A favourite of midcentury architects Alvar Aalto and Le Corbusier, these monochrome rugs were woven from sheep’s wool and decorated with diamonds, triangles or simple figures. They are highly prized today and, given their scarcity, Wilson has teamed up with a cooperative in the Atlas Mountains that will weave authentic, patterned Beni Ouarains to order (from £1,600). Each rug is unique and new pieces arrive on the website all the time, alongside themed seasonal collections. beldirugs.comCHARLOTTE ABRAHAMS

Ptolemy Mann wool Scarpa Gelim flatweave rug, from £1,200
Ptolemy Mann wool Scarpa Gelim flatweave rug, from £1,200
The Rug Company Tibetan-wool Stingray rug by Alexandra Champalimaud, from £2,233
The Rug Company Tibetan-wool Stingray rug by Alexandra Champalimaud, from £2,233

Vibrant dip-dyed flatweaves

Sussex-based contemporary textile designer Ptolemy Mann’s e-store of eye-catching rugs features handknotted pieces made in collaboration with Hertfordshire-based manufacturer Rug Maker, and flatweaves handmade by craftspeople in India. The vibrant designs explore Mann’s self-confessed “obsession” with the transition of one colour to another. The majority of her designs are flatweaves, which are woven with a single-colour-weft fibre across a sturdy cotton warp in either a geometric or plain design, but Mann’s colour blending really comes into its own in her gelim rugs. This northern Iranian version of flatweaving uses a weft that is dip-dyed across the width of the rug to create a gently grading blend of colours. They are available in a range of standard and custom sizes at the click of a button. From £595; ptolemymannrugs.comCHARLOTTE ABRAHAMS

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Design-it-yourself rugs handwoven in Nepal

The software for The Rug Company’s digital Custom Rug Designer service is straightforward to use. Having selected the base design from 72 available, you choose the shape (rectangular, square, runner, round or oval) and input the dimensions. Next comes colour choice; just click on each area of the rug in turn and then select your colour from the chart. The screen displays a selection of 140 brights and 140 neutrals, but you can contact the store for access to the full range of more than 2,000. It’s good fun, rather like colouring in, but much quicker. All that remains is to choose the material: wool or silk. From here things become a little more personal. The team gets in touch to discuss the design, and clients can ask to see a sample before the design is sent to Nepal. All the rugs are woven by hand, which means these custom creations don’t come quick – be prepared for a wait between 16 and 24 weeks. From £355 per sq m; therugcompany.comCHARLOTTE ABRAHAMS

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