Located on Historic Palm Avenue downtown Sarasota, Art to Walk On Inc. is a unique rug store, that carries carpets from around the world. Antique, Traditional, Transitional or Modern, all of their carpets are unique pieces of art, all are hand knotted, most are dyed with indigenous vegetable dyes and woven with hand spun wool. Carpets are in stock from Persia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Ireland, France, Tibet, Nepal and pre Communist China. There is a large selection of Antique carpets from palace size to small area rugs and includes 16th century tapestries, rare Napoleon ll French Aubusson rugs, 19th century Armenian carpets and Irish Donegal carpets to name a few.
Art to Walk On are exclusive agents for the three top award winners at Domotex, the International carpet trade show held in Hanover, Germany each year; Woven Legends® Turkish rugs, Zollanvari® and Miri® Persian rugs.
The owner of Art to Walk On Eileen Hampshire was born and educated in Lancashire England. She emigrated to Canada where she married, and was actively involved in a second generation Oriental rug business in Montreal. She completed her formal education in 1988 when she received her BFA in Art History from Concordia University. The focus of her studies was the Art History of the Carpet Weaving Areas of the Ancient Near East. The subject of her dissertation: Oriental Carpets in Venetian Renaissance Paintings.
Eileen Bedoukian Hampshire, following 35 years of involvement in a second generation Oriental rug business, founded Art To Walk On, Inc. in 1988. She opened a showroom in Montreal, Quebec, where she consulted with Architects, Interior Decorators and individuals on the acquisition of antique and rare carpets.
Art to Walk On chooses each carpet for its’ unique qualities, usually for a specific client. Carpets are never bought by the bale or by telephone. Art to Walk On’s approach is to meet with you to determine your needs, taste and budget then to show you in the context of your own surroundings and with example, the carpets which are ideally suited to your needs. If the ideal carpet is not in inventory, one or two are located for you to try on your premises for a few days.
Art to Walk On deals not only in beautiful decades old antique carpets but also the “cream” of modern Production from associates in Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, and Ireland. Art to Walk On’s contacts span the globe.
Stop in and see their collection.
16 South Palm Avenue,
Sarasota, Florida 34236