About Us

“We don’t see ourselves as just a rug company; we see ourselves as a design company that makes rugs”

The Designer Rugs Story

For over thirty years Designer Rugs have complimented the aesthetics of residential homes and commercial spaces throughout the world with rugs of exceptional quality and unique designs.


By working in collaboration with leading Australian artists and designers, we strive to innovate and put design at the forefront of what we do. As a result, we have earned an outstanding reputation for producing unique and custom made rugs for both residential and commercial spaces.


What sets us apart is our in-house rug design service that’s open to anyone – from homeowners to top design professionals worldwide – for a unique product that’s handmade with a deep concern for professionalism and quality. Our team of designers and experts are all incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the rugs we create and the legacy we carry.


We have showrooms throughout Australia and New Zealand, but you can find our rugs in beautiful homes, hotels and workplaces all over the world. We also carry a large range of ready made rugs, available for immediate delivery for short lead time projects, in a wide variety of styles, influences and sizes.
About our team and history of designer rugs
Eli, Nurit and Yosi Tal

Our History

In 1986 Yosi Tal together with his parents Eli and Nurit saw an opportunity in the marketplace to launch a handmade rug company. With little experience in manufacturing and design, the trio began producing hand-tufted designer rugs in their 3000 square foot Marrickville factory, and Designer Rugs was born.

Their big break came when Designer Rugs was commissioned to create a rug for St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne for the Pope’s 1986 visit. From there, Parliament House commissioned four rugs for the Queen’s Bicentennial visit in 1988 and our reputation for premium design and craft was established.
Yosi and Eli with rug commission for Pope Joh Paul II visit in 1986
Yosi and Eli with commission for Pope John Paul II's visit in 1986.
We carved a niche for ourselves as a design-led company, resisting the sedated greys and pinks of the 1980s by injecting bold, striking colours into reserved interior environments. High-quality manufacturing was also integral to achieving such results – handtufting the rugs ourselves and using the finest New Zealand wool from our own local dye houses ensured that the rugs befit the quality of the design.

Designer Rugs continued to focus on our design credentials, working closely with Australia’s best architects and designers from early on – supplying rugs for world-renowned Australian architect Harry Seidler was a high point from which we continued to go from strength to strength during the 1990s and early 2000s.
Designer Rugs projext from the 1990's, Robert Jacks Design for Woodside Perth, by Forbes and Fitzharding Architects
Designer Rugs project from the 1990's, Robert Jacks Design for Woodside Perth, by Forbes and Fitzharding Architects.
Working on designer collaborations across a wide variety of fields, from fashion to interiors, jewellery, architecture, fine art and beyond, is arguably what pushed Designer Rugs’ collections in such exciting directions.

Some of the first were by painter and tapestry-maker Alun Leach-Jones; and fashion designer Linda Jackson, whose rug ‘Hibiscus and Hacienda’ is in the collection of the Powerhouse Museum.

Over the past 34 years, Designer Rugs have collaborated with iconic Australian artists and designers such as Catherine Martin, Akira Isogawa, Dinosaur Designs and Minnie Pwerle.
Akira and Yosi
Akira Isogawa + Yosi Tal
Designer Rugs continues to be commissioned on significant local and international projects, including the Australian Embassy in Paris and Tokyo, Laucula Island Resort in Fiji, Faena Hotel Miami, Corrs Chambers Westgarth offices, Westpac Barangaroo, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Emirates One&Only resorts in Hayman Island and Wolgan Valley. Other prominent projects include the Emirates Birdcage marquee, as well as a restoration project for the State Theatre in Sydney for which we recreated the original carpet from 1928 – something that had never been done before.

Today, Designer Rugs has grown in both size and reputation, becoming the foremost manufacturer and supplier of custom-made rugs and carpets in Australia and an internationally recognised design company.
Faena Hotel Miami.
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