Rufus first buying from Pasha, Konya 1983

The Nomads Tent was established by Rufus Reade in 1983 after a journey round Turkey exploring and purchasing kilims and rugs. Gradually we incorporated other goods such as furniture, textiles, artefacts for home and garden, ceramics, jewellery and the occasional architectural feature. We hope our shop and our website demonstrate our decades of devotion to the world of hand-woven rugs and other tribal and village crafts.

But we don’t only sell goods. We put on regular exhibitions with previews that can include refreshments, music and even dancing as well as talks, readings, music recitals and other events we feel are relevant to our ethos. We hold an annual symposium of talks on a chosen theme and starting in late November there is a Christmas bazaar. Some of our activities help support the work of, among others, the international charity Mercy Corps.

If you have an old or favourite rug that needs some tlc, we offer advice. We also clean and repair rugs and provide moth treatment and products and various non-slip underlays.

In the autumn we take to the road around the UK with pop-up travelling exhibitions. These 10 day long selling exhibitions are held in private homes. If you think you would be interested in hosting one of our road shows do get in touch! Andrew Haughton is the present owner. He joined The Nomads Tent in 2008 and aspires to uphold the tradition of The Nomads Tent in presenting beautiful objects and events that celebrate tribal, nomadic Middle and Far Eastern cultures.

Thanks for being part of our story, and enjoy perusing our site.