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Forget painting walls or rearranging furniture, rolling out a new rug is the easiest way to transform a space. That’s why we rounded up the best New York City stores for carpet shopping, whether you’re after a shaggy Beni Ourain rug, a traditional Persian style, or a patterned flatweave. Join us on our three-borough magic carpet ride from indie showrooms to department stores and antique dealers, and get ready to live the shoes-free life.

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1. Aelfie

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61 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(631) 603-5574
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The cure for the common beige apartment, Aelfie's appointment-only Greenpoint showroom is stocked with designer Aelfie Oudghiri's colorful (and affordable) woven rugs. And, if you have a rug that could use a makeover, she offers an overdyeing service for that super-saturated look. [Photo]

2. Sharktooth

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111 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 451-2233
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Save yourself hours of scrolling through vintage rug listings on eBay and hit up Williamsburg newcomer Sharktooth instead. The Grand Street shop stocks everything from antique wool Kazak styles to tasseled Moroccan Berber rugs. While you're there, check out the selection of woven blankets and embroidered towels. [Photo]

3. Joinery

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236 S 1st St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 889-6164
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Designed in Brooklyn and woven by a group of artisans who work out of a studio in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Joinery’s cotton rugs look right at home in spaces filled with whitewashed brick, blond wood, and hanging plants. Prices start at around $38 for smaller styles, and go up to $288 for 6x8 designs. [Photo]

4. Bloomingdale's

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1000 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 705-2000
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Department stores need to keep their inventory moving constantly, which means a place like Bloomingdale’s is often your best bet for scoring a handmade rug at 70% off. Of course, the offerings aren’t cheap, often creeping into the five figures, but the payoff for staking out your favorites at the beginning of the season and then waiting to pounce can be huge. [Photo]

5. Urban Outfitters

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1333 Broadway
New York, NY 10018
(212) 239-1673
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An Urban Outfitters rug may not last you for ten years, but the mega-chain has really nailed the whole cheap and cheerful home décor thing. You can transform a bare floor with layered Kilim and faux sheepskin styles for less than $100, which is great if your, uh, friends are prone to wine spills. [Photo]

6. Nazmiyal Collection

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31 East 32nd St. Floor #2
New York, NY 10016
(212) 545-8029
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If you’re looking to invest, Nazmiyal is your place. This vast showroom houses a collection of antique carpets, from classic Persian styles to Scandinavian kilims. The knowledgeable staff is also happy to assist with appraisals, restoration, and cleaning. [Photo]

7. West Elm

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112 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 929-4464
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West Elm has the most fashion forward rug selection of all the major home décor chains, with styles that run the gamut from watercolor prints to shaggy wool designs. Look out for limited-edition collabs—recent guest designers include Steven Alan and Kate Spade Saturday. Another tip: asking for a floor model could net you a big discount. [Photo]

8. ABC Carpet & Home (Carpets/Rugs)

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881 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-3000
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No list of the city’s best rug dealers is complete without ABC Carpet & Home, but it’s the store’s satellite location—across Broadway from the flagship—that you should head to first if you’re in search of a deal. The three-floor space is stocked with rugs of every size and color, and the basement is home to remnants and overstock at deep discounts. [Photo]

9. Jonathan Adler

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37 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 488-2803
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Jonathan Adler’s cheeky sensibility extends to his rug designs. Expect to find zebra-shaped wool styles, giant Union Jacks, and traditional chevron patterns in color combos like lime green and navy. [Photo]

10. Dwell Studio

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77 Wooster St
NY, NY 10012
(646) 442-6000
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A favorite of set designers (seriously, play spot-the-Dwell-Studio-design while watching your favorite sitcom), the brand’s Wooster Street shop stocks everything from muted striped rugs to faux Beni Ourains and furry cowhides. [Photo]

11. Carpet Culture

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392 Broome St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-2315
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The Moroccan rug trend shows no sign of waning, and Broome Street’s Carpet Culture is full of them, along with Turkish Konya carpets and hand-knotted Indian designs made of recycled sari silk. [Photo]

12. Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries

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9-20 35th Ave Space 3D
Long Island City, NY 11106
(212) 717-5400
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This Long Island City shop doesn’t just sell rugs, it hosts classes on how to make them. Spend some time browsing—owner Hayko Oltaci stocks everything from $250 flatweaves to rare antique styles that fetch six figures at Christie’s—before sitting down for a weaving lesson and a Turkish coffee. [Photo]

13. Carolina K Collective

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75 S 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 529-4083
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This South Williamsburg spot specializes in Peruvian textiles. Expect to find vibrant, hand-loomed rugs in the $300 to $400 range. [Photo]

14. Cabin Modern

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220 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(646) 832-6865
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The husband and wife duo behind this Cobble Hill design shop stock a wide array of vintage rugs. Recent styles include a ‘40s floral Scandinavian flatweave and a Bauhaus-era Chinese carpet, and the store also offers design services in case that new rug inspires an entire apartment overhaul. [Photo]

15. IKEA Brooklyn

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1 Beard St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(888) 888-4532
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What can we tell you about Ikea that you don’t already know? Well, if you’re going for that whole urban rustic thing they’re an affordable source for sheep skins and cowhides. And their “PS” line has produced some great wool rugs with subtle geometric patterns. [Photo]

1. Aelfie

61 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
The cure for the common beige apartment, Aelfie's appointment-only Greenpoint showroom is stocked with designer Aelfie Oudghiri's colorful (and affordable) woven rugs. And, if you have a rug that could use a makeover, she offers an overdyeing service for that super-saturated look. [Photo]
61 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

2. Sharktooth

111 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Save yourself hours of scrolling through vintage rug listings on eBay and hit up Williamsburg newcomer Sharktooth instead. The Grand Street shop stocks everything from antique wool Kazak styles to tasseled Moroccan Berber rugs. While you're there, check out the selection of woven blankets and embroidered towels. [Photo]
111 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249

3. Joinery

236 S 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Designed in Brooklyn and woven by a group of artisans who work out of a studio in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Joinery’s cotton rugs look right at home in spaces filled with whitewashed brick, blond wood, and hanging plants. Prices start at around $38 for smaller styles, and go up to $288 for 6x8 designs. [Photo]
236 S 1st St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

4. Bloomingdale's

1000 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
Department stores need to keep their inventory moving constantly, which means a place like Bloomingdale’s is often your best bet for scoring a handmade rug at 70% off. Of course, the offerings aren’t cheap, often creeping into the five figures, but the payoff for staking out your favorites at the beginning of the season and then waiting to pounce can be huge. [Photo]
1000 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10022

5. Urban Outfitters

1333 Broadway, New York, NY 10018
An Urban Outfitters rug may not last you for ten years, but the mega-chain has really nailed the whole cheap and cheerful home décor thing. You can transform a bare floor with layered Kilim and faux sheepskin styles for less than $100, which is great if your, uh, friends are prone to wine spills. [Photo]
1333 Broadway
New York, NY 10018

6. Nazmiyal Collection

31 East 32nd St. Floor #2, New York, NY 10016
If you’re looking to invest, Nazmiyal is your place. This vast showroom houses a collection of antique carpets, from classic Persian styles to Scandinavian kilims. The knowledgeable staff is also happy to assist with appraisals, restoration, and cleaning. [Photo]
31 East 32nd St. Floor #2
New York, NY 10016

7. West Elm

112 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
West Elm has the most fashion forward rug selection of all the major home décor chains, with styles that run the gamut from watercolor prints to shaggy wool designs. Look out for limited-edition collabs—recent guest designers include Steven Alan and Kate Spade Saturday. Another tip: asking for a floor model could net you a big discount. [Photo]
112 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

8. ABC Carpet & Home (Carpets/Rugs)

881 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
No list of the city’s best rug dealers is complete without ABC Carpet & Home, but it’s the store’s satellite location—across Broadway from the flagship—that you should head to first if you’re in search of a deal. The three-floor space is stocked with rugs of every size and color, and the basement is home to remnants and overstock at deep discounts. [Photo]
881 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

9. Jonathan Adler

37 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
Jonathan Adler’s cheeky sensibility extends to his rug designs. Expect to find zebra-shaped wool styles, giant Union Jacks, and traditional chevron patterns in color combos like lime green and navy. [Photo]
37 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014

10. Dwell Studio

77 Wooster St, NY, NY 10012
A favorite of set designers (seriously, play spot-the-Dwell-Studio-design while watching your favorite sitcom), the brand’s Wooster Street shop stocks everything from muted striped rugs to faux Beni Ourains and furry cowhides. [Photo]
77 Wooster St
NY, NY 10012

11. Carpet Culture

392 Broome St, New York, NY 10012
The Moroccan rug trend shows no sign of waning, and Broome Street’s Carpet Culture is full of them, along with Turkish Konya carpets and hand-knotted Indian designs made of recycled sari silk. [Photo]
392 Broome St
New York, NY 10012

12. Hayko Fine Rugs and Tapestries

9-20 35th Ave Space 3D, Long Island City, NY 11106
This Long Island City shop doesn’t just sell rugs, it hosts classes on how to make them. Spend some time browsing—owner Hayko Oltaci stocks everything from $250 flatweaves to rare antique styles that fetch six figures at Christie’s—before sitting down for a weaving lesson and a Turkish coffee. [Photo]
9-20 35th Ave Space 3D
Long Island City, NY 11106

13. Carolina K Collective

75 S 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
This South Williamsburg spot specializes in Peruvian textiles. Expect to find vibrant, hand-loomed rugs in the $300 to $400 range. [Photo]
75 S 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

14. Cabin Modern

220 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The husband and wife duo behind this Cobble Hill design shop stock a wide array of vintage rugs. Recent styles include a ‘40s floral Scandinavian flatweave and a Bauhaus-era Chinese carpet, and the store also offers design services in case that new rug inspires an entire apartment overhaul. [Photo]
220 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

15. IKEA Brooklyn

1 Beard St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
What can we tell you about Ikea that you don’t already know? Well, if you’re going for that whole urban rustic thing they’re an affordable source for sheep skins and cowhides. And their “PS” line has produced some great wool rugs with subtle geometric patterns. [Photo]
1 Beard St
Brooklyn, NY 11231