Our Story:

Steelman Rugs is a husband and wife team based in Half Moon Bay California. Myself (Brent) and my better half (Katryn) do everything here. Every rug you see is inspected, selected, and hefted, by the two of us! Of course curating our collection and meeting clients is the fun part, but most of the business is just hard heavy work. Hefting aside, we feel so fortunate to work with creative clients and talented designers from all over! Thanks to them our rugs have furnished urban apartments, historic estates, professional offices, entire suburban homes, and everything in between!

the A-frame

the A-frame

A little background: When the rug bug bit us some 17 years ago, a new journey began. We had been operating a bespoke 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.

We are both artistic in nature. Katryn is a talented painter currently working in the encaustic medium. I handcrafted metal into high end custom bicycles for over 30 years.

These days Katryn and I work together to curate the collection and share the tasks of handling the merchandise. I do the photography, customer service, and website.

If you are on the hunt for just the right rug, or need some rug advice, please don't be a stranger. We are here to help, and hope to share some rug love and experiences along the way. Here is a link to a gallery of a few rugs we’ve sold. Here are a few photos clients have sent us. If you have purchased a rug from us please send us photos! It really brings the whole thing full circle.

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.