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The top 10 stores for Persian rugs in Toronto

Posted by Staff / May 11, 2014

persian rugs torontoPersian rugs may not be as in vogue as they used to be but they' re still a good bet to add a timeless touch to your home. Although you can find a selection of rugs in pretty much any home decor store, there are select stores around Toronto that specialize in rugs of the Persian variety. In fact, many of the shops below won't just sell you a great rug; they also offer carpet restoration and hand-cleaning. Be sure to ask about those services too - you'll need them down the road.

It's worth noting that the rug industry of Iran - the modern-day Persia - has significantly declined in recent years. Countries such as Pakistan, India and China can replicate traditional Persian designs for a fraction of the cost. Because of this, rug shops often carry Persian designs manufactured from a number of different countries to offer their customers a greater range of prices. This list rounds up where to find rugs with a Persian design. Below each shop we've indicated what countries their rugs typically come from and we've distinguished those shops that carry rugs solely from Iran.

Here are the top stores for Persian rugs in Toronto.

Pealac Rugs
At Pealac, the owner, Nima, only stocks rugs from Iran. His rugs come from Iran's major textile cities like Tabriz and Isfahan but since Nima is passionate about Persian tribal rugs, you'll also find plenty of those featured in his family' shop. A knowledgeable individual, Nima entertains customers with fascinating info about Persian rugs - it's a like a wonderful art history lesson packed into your shopping experience. In fact, OCADU even invites Nima once a year to give a presentation on Persian rugs.

The Fifth Wall
A stylish shop, this place has a range of prices and rug sizes and some really nice designs. If you have something particular in mind, Kavin can dig out the perfect piece for you. Even if you're not sure what you're looking for, you're bound to find inspiration here - if not the perfect piece to take home.

Turco Persian Rug Company
Turco Persian Rug Company boasts a huge showroom of rugs from all over - Iran, Pakistan and even China. Prices vary from $50 to $200,000 (semi-antiques and antiques), and the largest rug size is a whopping 20' x 32'. Check their clearance section for great deals, especially on certain used rugs. Bonus: they have their very own customer parking lot.

Besmeh's owner, who goes by the nickname Akbar, has been known as a local authority on Persian rugs ever since he was profiled in the Toronto Star in 1995. Akbar is originally from China (of Uyghur descent), but he learned to speak Farsi and knows everything there is to know about Persian rugs. His shop features handknotted Persian rugs of all price points, catering to collectors and designers alike. (Take note: They're soon to move from their current home in Scarborough, and the new home hasn't yet been announced.)

Siddiqui Oriental Rugs
When you walk into Siddiqui Oriental Rugs, you're greeted by a kind Afghan man named Siddiq ("the honest one"). His carpets come from Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, meaning you can expect to pay a whole lot less without sacrificing design. The most expensive pieces in the store are about $5,000 or $6,000 for large 10' x 14' rugs. Used rugs are also available. If you're looking to save, ask about their synthetic used rugs, which you can snatch at $200 for a 5'x7' or $300 for a 7'x10'.

Weaver's Art
Weaver's Art's Castlefield location is open to the public (their main showroom on Davenport primarily serves the trade.) They pride themselves in stocking the latest colours and designs setting them apart from neighbouring rug shops. If you're looking to create something custom for your space, they're worth a visit.

Royal Antique Rugs
Royal Antique Rugs is a haven for antique collectors. The three-generational family business is currently run by David Bakshi, an exceptionally helpful and courteous Persian man. He's been working for several years with the Textile Museum and the City of Toronto as an expert on antique rugs after moving here from Italy. With shops in Toronto, Kingston and NYC, Bakshi's rugs are handwoven in cotton or silk and vegetable dyed. The prices range from $500 for a 2'x3' to over $200,000 for larger pieces.

If you ask an interior designer where to get a Persian rug, they'll probably point you to Elte. Known among the design community as the go-to store for rugs, Elte never disappoints. Their showroom is a feast for the eyes and transforms the entire shopping experience into a luxury. Targeted to higher-income individuals, prices start at $795 for smaller rugs and can go up to $40,000-$50,000 for larger ones.

Tavares Oriental
This Dundas West shop features gorgeous overdyed rugs, perfect for apartments. A 6'x9' overdyed rugs goes for $1699 whereas an 8'x'10' goes for about $2500. Tavares rugs come from India, Nepal, Morocco, Turkey and Portugal. If you're on a tight budget, consider one of their flatwoven rugs from India, which are priced around $399 for a 5' x 8'.

Modern Weave
Modern Weave certainly puts a modern twist on traditional Persian rug patterns with their collections such as Modern Vintage and Modern Jewel. Through techniques of juxtaposition, patchwork and destressing, oriental rugs are brilliantly reinterpreted. A tasteful colour palette turns these rugs into nothing less than an abstract work of art. For prices, contact them through their website or visit their showroom.

Did I miss any? Add your favourite Persian rug store in the comments below.

Writing by Manal Aman. Photo by Mikey in the blogTO Flickr pool.



Jacque / May 11, 2014 at 02:51 pm
BlogTO, you guys are idiots.

Besmeh Persian Rug Gallery is going out of business and they're on the list?

Seriously? Do you just google shit up?
Sarah / May 11, 2014 at 04:56 pm
OK, seriously,,, Rugs from Pakistan and Afghanistan are not Persian Rugs and most of these places you have names DO NOT carry Persian rugs ... Why don't you change the name of the article to 10 places for RUGS .. makes more sense that way, right now, it kinda doesn't!
tommy replying to a comment from Jacque / May 11, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Every time I go by ANY Persian Rug shop they always have a "going out of business" sign up in the window. Yet they never seem to go out of business. So it's either a ploy, or Persian Rug shops are just naturally always in a state of "going out of business".
joe scratch / May 12, 2014 at 09:44 am
I'll let you on a little hint, go to Empire auctions and you can pick up a Persian rug for a fraction of the price these places sell them for. In fact, I bet a lot of these stores buy from empire auctions and resell for double or triple the price.
kimbo / May 13, 2014 at 12:36 am
Great read! I've been to some of the stores on this list and of all of them I was most impressed with Tavares Oriental in Dundas West. They carry a lot of the same items as Elte at a fraction of the cost plus their staff is extremely friendly & down to earth.
Natalia / May 13, 2014 at 06:25 pm
Jacque -- The information we have suggests Besmeh is moving, not going out of business.

Sarah -- We've clarified the reason for making these choices in the introduction; the writer included places that sell Persian-style rugs manufactured in other countries, since a majority of rugs made in the traditional Persian style are no longer made in Iran.
Bella / May 27, 2014 at 02:13 pm
This is a really shoddy list you have assembled.

Just wondering if the writer has ever been into ModernWeave or Weavers Art?

The flavour of your post suggests Traditional Rugs and both of those stores specialize in Modern and Trendy Rugs.

Alex / May 28, 2014 at 10:21 am
An interesting read, however most of the carpet sellers here are as reliable as car dealers. The sell Persian style carpets are ridiculously over priced. And auctions sells them dirt cheap because they are either not worth anything or they are laundering money or take you for a ride because you don't know what you are doing, remember at auctions it is buyer beware. The best places I have found to buy a genuine carpet is a reputable antique store to find an estate antique or semi antique carpet.
Web Administrator / June 24, 2014 at 11:41 pm
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Lea / June 29, 2014 at 04:14 pm
I Have two Old Persian Rugs And The Colours are Starting To Fade - They Also Needed To Be Cleaned Well.

Any recommendations of where to go?
Megan / June 29, 2014 at 04:51 pm
I went to Tapis Rugs to get my rug cleaned. Since they specialize in Persian Rugs. They were able to fully restore the rug by shaving off an thin layer on the top. That also reduced the thickness and increased the vibrance of the colours again. Very friendly and professional team. I would recommend them to anyone!
david / June 30, 2014 at 06:09 pm
I live downtown (liberty village) and was recommended to pass by Tavares Oriental on DundasWest. I was very happy with the friendly staff, and even happier with the prices. I have this old wool rug that was in pretty rough shape cleaned, price was much less then what other places quoted and it looks as good as new!
Farhang / July 5, 2014 at 12:49 pm
Obviously the writer does not seem to know his/her topic well. is definitely the number one Persian rug seller in Ontario. With the largest Inventory and best online infrastructure. Mondart indeed supply rugs to more than few of those companies mentioned above.
Farhang / July 5, 2014 at 02:30 pm
I suggest that you really visit site as well as its warehouse on 60 Doncaster, Thornhill. this is Good for your profession. Once people see that you are writing honest article and providing facts they will read you more.
ImanS / July 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm
The author also left out Kasra Persian Rugs, which has supplied rugs to many of these stores, including Mondart ^^. They've been around since 1992 and are family-owned
zmahdi / August 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm
This article has a lot of incorrect information about Besmeh Persian Rug Gallery. My father and Uncle, Hashem Mahdi and Mahdi Mahdi, co-own Besmeh Persian Rug Gallery, the rug business has been with them for over 3 generations. I assure you, the "local authority figure" known as Akbar does not own the store, he is simply their employee. Finally, the store is located at 1235 Bay St, TORONTO, ON. (in Yorkville) and has been at the same location for over 20 years. To the commenters, the store is not closing, but will move when a new location is found.
Sabina / August 21, 2014 at 03:44 pm
Besmeh Persian Rug Gallery is not closing and out of business they have the highest quality rugs in Toronto located at 1235 Bay St. In Yorkville. I highly recommend buying a Persian rug or any rug from this store as all their rugs are also at an affordable price range.
Regina S / August 21, 2014 at 03:52 pm
Lovee Persian rugs they add glamour to everyone's home!! :)
Veronica replying to a comment from Natalia / August 25, 2014 at 04:01 pm
Although the author has stated "This list rounds up where to find rugs with a Persian design," the title of the article suggests you're highlighting the best stores for Persian rugs.

I have to agree with some of the other comments - it appears that the research for this article wasn't well done and some of your choices for this list are based on what's well-known or popular, regardless of selection and value.

I'm surprised to see you haven't at least reported on Baloochi Rugs in the Beaches. It has one of the best selections of vintage and tribal rugs in the city.
Jenifer replying to a comment from Veronica / August 25, 2014 at 09:27 pm
No Baloochi rugs is not the best. I went their once and their service was just awful. They gave an impression as if i was just a nuisance and that i was wasting their help. I really don't recommend that place. After searching the whole city I chose Besmeh because they were so friendly and kind and the environment was so cozy as it is a family owned and operated business. It was just great.
Veronica / August 26, 2014 at 10:06 am
Sorry to hear of your experience but I have to say it's the opposite of mine. The owner was very genuine and shared a lot of knowledge about the piece i purchased. And like I said, the selection was really was tough to pick the one I bought
Vic Brandon / October 6, 2014 at 04:00 pm
Passed by Tavares Oriental in dundaswest the other day after shopping around for a while, they had these really beautiful overdyed rugs from Turkey that just came in but also had a large selection of other home goods like moroccan wedding blankets & poufs. Prices were great and so was the service, highly recommend to anyone!
peter / October 27, 2014 at 07:22 pm
This is the most ridiculous list ever. not one of these businesses mentioned even carry good quality carpets. There is only one place in Canada to go for real good quality carpets that is James Green Antique carpets. no one else can even hold a candle with regards to knowledge or inventory
Mandana / November 3, 2014 at 08:46 pm
Check out Lashar Rugs on the Danforth. The owner has a lot of experience with real traditional Persian carpets and has a lot of knowledge regarding them as well. His prices are very reasonable and he provides customers the opportunity to try the piece out in their home to make sure it matches and they are happy with it first. Very personable and amazing product. Definitely should have made the list!
tony / November 6, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Who compiles these lists?????
I'm sure the author of this articles wouldn't know a good rug from a bad one.

The truth is there are really only a few places to go in canada for quality carpets, peter Tolliday in Vancouver or James Green in Toronto. The rest of them are just shady jokers.
Tavares Oriental / November 14, 2014 at 11:50 am
Hey Guys! First off, just wanna thank BlogTO for the mention in this article, and to everyone that showed us love in the comment section, really appreciate it!! Just a heads up that now through December 20th we're offering FREE next day shipping for all online purchase's! Thats FREE shipping for all rugs, poufs, pillows, and home textiles!!


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Tavares Oriental replying to a comment from Tavares Oriental / November 14, 2014 at 11:52 am
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Sasha / November 20, 2014 at 05:43 pm
So it seems that everyone think they know what they are talking about when in fact most of these stores mentioned have only few piece of Real Persian rugs in stock not Persian Design rugs. When it comes to carrying and be known for Persian rugs, I think there is only one true store which is not even in Toronto. To understand the real beauty of Persian rugs maybe you should checkout
This is the only store in GTA that carry only Persian rugs not Pakistan, Not Afghanistan, not Chinese or Chobbi or Tebbat or these garbage modern rugs that everyone are selling it as Persian rugs.
Sarah Green / November 25, 2014 at 06:50 pm
Besmeh's owner isn't Akbar, he's a worker there. You have printed out the wrong information. The store is co-owned by two brothers from Iraq, whose family has long been in business with Persian rugs. The store carries 'real' Persian rugs, and you can easily hassle a deal for a good price. Sure they have rugs from other countries, but the majority is Persian rugs, and remember the country of origin does not decrease the value and beauty of the rug. Research before you say 'oh persian rugs are the only good ones'. They are one of the best, but there are countless of other countries that make high quality rugs. If you're looking for a rug, I recommend to go there. They will help you find a great rug that will fit the purpose you want. They won't trick you into buy a cheap rug for a high price, they will help you purchase a rug that will increase in value with time. It's like investing for the future, not many people make rugs that use natural dye, trust me they won't trick you. If you go there, they will offer you the best service, and you may make a lifetime friend out of them.
Tash / February 4, 2015 at 11:55 pm
I'm a fan of Taj Rugs, they have a great selection and great service. If I remember right, they have a location in Markham and Mississauga.
Mac replying to a comment from peter / February 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm
Really?.... the phone number is out of service!
Sam / March 1, 2015 at 12:37 am
I have to say That Blog TO. did a great job on this list, thank you. I can clearly see that comments on this page are made by two type of people:
1-the one that bad mouthing about the list, are some angry rug owners whom didn't make it to the list .
2- few other that their father or family has a rug store but they didn't make it to the list either, these people are advertising and mentioning their own stores desperately so people go to their store and shop. Buying rug is a personal experience, enjoy it and stop making it so unpleasant .
Lara Carlton / March 20, 2015 at 04:47 am
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Anahita / May 17, 2015 at 11:53 pm
Just to mention one of the biggest places in Richmondhill was missed out , we bought 7 pcs of large & small rugs , very perfesional & friendly team .
We do definitely recommend them
Anahita / May 17, 2015 at 11:56 pm
By the way the place called Ziba Home Accents Inc & They are located in 53 Observatory Lane in Richmondhill .
michael / May 23, 2015 at 09:27 am
Siddiqi oriental rugs is a nice comfy store and i have bought 3 carpets really good price. Silk and wool from iran, the owner is a really nice guy and his son also works with him, really friendly people i recommend you guys check it out
Ray / June 3, 2015 at 06:04 pm
The problem with Tavares is you don't always know what your gonna get until it arrives unless you purchase right off thier floor. I ordered a rug from them and when it finally arrived the colors were off and it was the wrong size.
BJ Tavares replying to a comment from Ray / June 5, 2015 at 12:58 pm
Hi Ray,

My name is BJ I'm the owner at Tavares Oriental, and here i pride myself on my customer service & relations. With that being said i appreciate all feedback be it positive or negative, and the reason for my reaching out to you is I have absolutely no recollection of ordering in a rug for a client by the name of Ray, and i definitely have no recollection of ever having an issue with any client over a rug they ordered with me in my 1 1/2 years in business. As stated above i pride myself in offering my clients a personable shopping experience, and with that i remember every client that sets foot in my shop, not to mention the records of all my sales i keep, which i was just looking through and again, did not find any with the name Ray or even Raymond for that matter. I encourage any of my clients to contact me personally if there is any issue with any of the services i've offered and will include my email in this comment should you wish to contact me personally Ray. I can be reached by email anytime at
Ray replying to a comment from BJ Tavares / June 5, 2015 at 03:46 pm
We already dealt with it in store the best we could and the purchase was under my partners name.
BJ Tavares / June 5, 2015 at 04:51 pm
Oh...ok I'm sorry it still does not ring a bell. Do you mind if I ask what kind of rug you purchased?
knots / July 11, 2015 at 09:29 am
Can anyone the best dealers of carpets where we can directly import at best and cheap prizes. We are doing, but not getting satisfaction with that, please suggest the best one....

Fred Gianni / August 8, 2015 at 09:20 pm
I purchased 3 fine Persian Rugs from Ziba Rugs located on 53 Observatory Lane in Richmondhill , The Sales person I dealt with very friendly and honest about giving me all the details that I should know.
I love the CD that provide me see a fascinating history and time consuming to start and finish these Rugs...At the end I do thanks the owner that came forward and hand me $200 gift certificate for a nice Persian Resturant .
I do definitely recommend them
Sarah / November 19, 2015 at 02:55 pm
So I saw this list from 2015 and someone recommended Rugman. I really loved their website and their carpets, I thought I'd share my new find with others!
Ben Malaki / February 11, 2016 at 11:53 am
If u really wish to have Authentic Rug Visit Ziba Rugs in RichmondHill , 53 Observatory Lane.
I like the stuff ,knowledgeable & not so insisting. ..
But u got to bargain. ..They r deal makers...
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