A leader in the rug retail industry for five generations, J & J Oriental Rug Gallery is dedicated to bringing you the highest quality Oriental at the best prices. With our amazing selection and dedication to customer service, we aim to make your next rug purchase a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Superior Quality Rugs in Washington D.C.

Our knowledgeable and friendly staff of rug experts are certified appraisers with over 150 years of combined experience in the oriental rug business and can walk you through the entire rug-buying process. We can ensure that you not only find a unique product to fit your décor needs, but are also well-informed about your purchase.

At J & J Oriental Rug Gallery, we make purchasing a rug easy by offering our customers everything from sales to delivery and installation to decorating suggestions to cleaning and repairing. Each rug comes with its own Certificate of Authenticity. We look forward to finding the perfect rug for your home for your family and guests to enjoy for years to come.

Types of rugs we sell include one of a kind, antique, and modern/transitional in the following styles (and so much more):

  • Kashan
  • Tabriz
  • Qum
  • Kirman
  • Bidjar
  • Bakhtiari
  • Afshar
  • Silk Herekeh

Hand-knotted Rugs vs. Machine-made rugs


  1. Check the underside of the rug: One of the best ways to tell the difference between the two types of rugs is by checking the underside or the back of the rug. If the weaving and the knots are not perfectly uniform, you know it is a handmade rug. Machine-made rugs on the other hand are manufactured by large, heavy-duty power looms and because the process is entirely automated the resultant rug will have a smooth and even underside.
  2. Check out the fringe:In authentic Persian rugs, the fringe is part of the body of the rug itself. It is formed during the weaving process and looks like an extension of the rug body. In machine-made rugs, the fringe is not created during the manufacturing process. It is in fact rather sewn onto the rug after the rug is completed. Take a closer look at the part where the fringe is attached to the body of the rug. If you can see that is has been sewn to the rug then you know the rug is NOT genuine.
  3. Look for color variations: Handmade rugs are more likely to have slight variations in color. This is because the process is entirely manual including the dyeing process. Using wool that has been dyed in different batches will often result in slight color variations. With machine made rugs, the materials used are typically dyed in a single batch and the colors will be uniform throughout.

At J & J Oriental Rug Gallery, we look forward to the opportunity to share our expertise and find the perfect Oriental rug for you!