Oriental Rugs: at home in Birmingham, Alabama

Eighteenth Street Orientals began out of a desire to bring quality oriental rugs to Birmingham, AL.  The Howard-Drummond family’s love of rugs began in 1986 and has grown into one of the South’s leading rug stores. 

Oriental rugs are mainly from Afghanistan, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet and Turkey.  These rugs are hand-knotted to create a pile from wool fibers, no machines or hand tufting.  The best quality wool comes from cool, moist climates where good grazing is found for sheep to produce soft, smooth wool.  Hand-knotted rugs are created from two types of knots: Persian or Turkish.  A rug is dyed generally using a vegetable dying process, a traditional yet rural method or a synthetic dying process, a commercial method.  Dark blue (Indigo), rusty-red (Madder) and muted gold (Larkspur) are the most commonly used vegetable dyes. 

It can take skilled weaver(s) six to 18 months to complete an oriental carpet depending on the size and knots per square inch.  Whether antique or new, oriental rugs can be divided up into two categories, country or city.  Country rugs are less tightly knotted and the designs tend to be simple geometric yet bold in color.  City rugs require specialized labor with more knots per square inch and are designed to sell in the marketplace therefore color and pattern are carefully considered. 

The artistry and craftsmanship of oriental rugs made each one a beautiful treasure.  Our goal at Eighteenth Street Orientals is to spend time with each customer to help you find the rug that is right for your home and your budget.  We love seeing how a rug can transform a space from where you live to where you love to live.