About the Owners

The Nasre family are the owners of Empress Rug Warehouse. Mr. Nasre descends from Persian carpet designers, weavers and retailers in Isfahan, Iran stretching back many generations.

Mr. Nasre recalls, “Growing up in Isfahan, Iran, I was surrounded by rugs. My father designed and commissioned very fine rugs and my mother was one of the experienced weavers who wove such rugs. So, as a child I developed a great appreciation for the skills involved in producing such a beautiful product. It takes highly skilled craftspeople to make very fine wool and silk rugs – to spin, to dye, to set up looms and to design and weave. Before moving to Australia, I lived in England, Dubai and Japan. I have seen rugs used with many different styles of architecture and for many different purposes. A good rug will last for many years; buy well now and enjoy forever.”

Empress Rugs opened its doors in Melbourne in 1997; a store in Sydney was later added as business grew.

We source and import an extensive collection of hand-made and machine-made rugs, including tribal, traditional, kilim and contemporary rugs and runners, as well as cushions and stools. Our collection includes used and antique rugs as well as new, and all are fully guaranteed. Browse our catalog or shop our online exclusives!


a woman making a rug like ones the owners family would make