Our Story:

Steelman Oriental Rugs is a husband and wife team (Brent and Katryn) based in Half Moon Bay California. We offer a unique selection of individually curated rugs to compliment your home or office. Working with clients and designers worldwide our rugs have furnished urban apartments, historic estates, professional offices, entire suburban homes, and everything in between!

the A-frame

the A-frame

When the rug bug bit Brent and Katryn Steelman some 17 years ago, a new journey began. We had been operating a highly regarded bicycle business since the early 1980s, and if that wasn't enough already, in 2002 we opened a space in the San Francisco Antique & Design Mall. We imported and sold antique furniture and oriental rugs. When the antiques market experienced its contraction we decided to continue with just rugs.

Katryn Steelman is a visually driven artist by nature and by training, and is currently active as a painter. She has a deep appreciation of antique rugs and her talents with color and form are key to working with clients and curating our collection. Her keen eye for detail and process is also integral to our rug washing operation.

Brent Steelman has a long history as a bespoke bicycle builder so he is no stranger to aesthetically pleasing functional objects. His love of rugs, quest for rug knowledge, and desire to bring clients superior products and services, is the foundation of our business.

If you are on the hunt for just the right rug or you have rugs that need servicing, please don't be a stranger. We are here to help, and hope to share some rug passion and experiences.

Photographing fresh arrivals

Photographing fresh arrivals

Freshly purchased rugs arrive in carefully packed bales. This bale contains 15 rugs!

Freshly purchased rugs arrive in carefully packed bales. This bale contains 15 rugs!

Typical day at our old location

Typical day at our old location

rug stack

rug stack

...A good oriental rug has the power to change our perspective. The inner beauty of the pattern, the wool, the colors, and the spirit of the weaver, work in harmony to transform the space they occupy.