About Us

The Oriental Rug Merchant

We opened our “Bricks-and-Mortar” High Street Rug Shop in 2012.

We are located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, on the Kent-Sussex border. Thus, we are conveniently situated to serve Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London. However, from our website we send our Rugs all over the UK and Internationally.

The Oriental Rug Merchant’s origins spring from the foremost rug retailer of south-east England (Tunbridge Wells based): “The Oriental Rug Shop”.

The Oriental Rug Shop closed due to the retirement of its Senior Partners, notably its founder Mike Sweenie.

Encouraged by Mike, a new business was formed in the aftermath and is run by his protégé Stefan and Lee.

Between them Stefan and Lee served The Oriental Rug Shop for nearly 25 years.

So as a result, The Oriental Rug Merchant has carried forward from The Oriental Rug Shop a network of tried and trusted suppliers accumulated over 30 years of trading.

In fact, it is because of this historical link that we continue to use the domain name theorientalrugshop.co.uk to this day.

Rug Photo Time - Stefan taking a photo up a ladder.
Van of Rugs for UK Delivery.


Our mission is to be not exclusive but inclusive.

It is our goal for everyone to experience the pleasure of owning an Oriental Rug. This is why we offer such a broad spectrum of handmade rugs.

Upon visiting us either online or in-store, you will discover that we offer a selection that is top quality, wide ranging and great value for every budget.


So whether you are looking for an inexpensive Hearth Rug, a magnificent high-knot-count Drawing Room Rug, or to furnish an entire house with rugs – we are here, and delighted to help.

With hundreds of rugs to choose from: we offer a Personal Service In-Store to help you with the selection process. For local clients, we have an Approval Service where you can try rugs in-situ and without obligation. Indeed, larger size items can be brought to you for a Home-Trial.

Whilst, online we also endeavour to be generous and detailed with our product information. Furthermore, for our online customers we offer Free Delivery in the UK (on our Rugs) and sensible Shipping Rates for Overseas clients.

The Oriental Rug Merchant,
11 High Street,
Royal Tunbridge Wells,
TN1 1UL,

Tel: 01892 533080