About Us

The Rug Centre is owned by Masoud Yarash, the fourth member of his family along with his brother to follow in their fathers and grandfathers footsteps of rug making, importing and selling.

The Yarash family originate from Mazar-E-Sharif in Northern Afghanistan. The family have been in the rug trade going back 3 generations now and continue to produce and work with different rug weavers, mainly in the northern regions of the country, as well as branching out to work with rug weavers in India, Pakistan, Iran (formerly Persia) and China.

The Yarash family are aware of the potential exploitation of rug weavers and their families in many eastern countries. However, those rug weavers located in the northern regions of Afghanistan are supported by the Yarash family, not just by making sure there is an outlet for their trade, but through supplying yarn and additionally, where possible with access to healthcare and schooling.

The Rug Centre has been located in the Antique area of Dorking, Surrey since 1991. Formerly owned by Michael Woodman who retired early from a career in dentistry to follow his life-long interest and hobby in Eastern rugs. As well as doing his own buying trips abroad, Michael bought many of his rugs from the current owner Masoud Yarash, who at the time imported and only sold to retailers of rugs. As a result Michael built up a strong and trusting working relationship with Masoud, sharing knowledge and working together, sourcing high quality rugs sometimes to individual customer personal specifications.

When the time came to think of his (second) retirement, Michael was keen to pass his treasured business onto Masoud. The seed was sown and eventually Masoud became a retailer as well as importer of prestigious high quality hand-made rugs taking over The Rug Centre from Michael in 2012.

The Rug Centre only sells hand-made rugs, originating from Afghanistan, Iran (formerly Persia), India, Pakistan and China. The majority of the rugs are made from wool, some with a cotton warp, and some rugs are made in pure silk.

The rugs vary from traditional to modern and contemporary with a small section of the stock being antique and rare investment pieces. With no ‘middle man’ involved, we are able to keep our prices reasonable and competitive offering ‘from the loom to the hand’ prices, rarely found elsewhere. Not to be confused with shops sporting similar names the rug centre is probably one of the largest stockists of high quality hand-made Eastern rugs in the UK with the shop being a Gallery as well as Showroom … and well worth a visit just to feel and see the colours, patterns, sheen or matt surfaces and textures…. a bonus when buying your rug.

In responding to customer requests as well as being aware of the net as a market place of its own, we have recently launched our Website joining, maybe a little late, the growing the online market place to enable a wider audience of people who prefer to research and make purchases online. Not all our rugs, by far, are on the website given the enormous range of stock we have and if you can’t find what you are looking for contact us so that we can select from our other stock or better still visit the showroom in Dorking or make an appointment to visit our warehouse in London.