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The oldest known surviving rug dates back to the 5th century B.C. and features rich colors, striking details and a hand-knotted technique that is still in popular use. Today in Mandeville at Rug Chic you can find expertly made and vibrant carpets that will also last throughout generations of use. Rug Chic owner, Beth Assaf, is passionate about rugs both old and new. “I have a lifetime of knowledge of fine hand-knotted rugs and carpets,” Assaf says. “We are your source for handwoven rugs, fine furniture, unique accessories and local art.”
What sets you apart from your competitors? For more than 15 years, we have been a primary source for interior designers and the public with the finest hand-knotted rugs, furniture, and home decor. I work closely with colleagues from the world’s best rug weaving regions to find fine quality, one-of-a-kind hand-knotted rugs. Through that relationship, I am able to source rugs that translate well in our local marketplace. I am also careful in choosing only items that are made with 100 percent child-free labor.
What compliment do you hear most from your clients? We always hear that our inventory is very unique. In addition to our vast one-of-a-kind rug inventory, we carry everything from Italian wood pieces to salvaged antique iron coffee tables, as well as upholstered furniture, which can be completely customized. We try to carry lines that are not seen everywhere else.
What can a rug add to the overall feel of a room? Rugs are a great way to anchor a space. You can instantly add texture, color, and another design element in your room incorporating a rug into your design scheme. Because it is often considered the foundation of a room, it is wise to pick your rug first, and then move on to select your paint color, furniture, and accessories.
4240 Hwy. 22, Suite 6