Welcome to the The Rug Studio Website

Welcome to The Rug Studio est. 2000, an expansion of Rachel Bassill Oriental Carpets est. 1994 for Sales, Cleaning, Restoration and Design of Oriental Rugs, Carpets, Kilims and Textiles including their Rex Ray, Antique and Transitional collections.

Based in the heart of Uppingham, Rutland, The Rug Studio can be found in the old toll house, spread over 3 floors with 2 showrooms, in house restoration workshop and cleaning room. The studio is run by Rachel Simpson and assisted by her team. The Rug Studio can also be found at the Country Living, Burghley horse trials, House and Gardens and Little Chelsea Antiques fairs. The Rug Studio has exceptional knowledge regarding the restoration due to Rachels training and experience.

Rachel trained as a weaver for 5 years at art school, learnt the art of restoration in the UK with Persian and Western dealers, trained further in Turkey and taught a team in India for 6 years for large scale projects. The construction, materials used and design execution are all attention to detail that Rachel specialises in.



Browse our collection of Tribal and Decorative Persian, Caucasian, Turkoman, Afghan and European Rugs, Carpets,  Runners, Kilims and artefacts.


Interior designer favourites the latest trending transitional designs, Rex Ray and the ever popular Persian Gabbeh.



Extensive collection of semi old and new fashionable traditional Persian, Afghan and Indian Carpets, Rugs, Runners, Vegetable dyed Kilims and furniture.


In house restorer and trained weaver Rachel Simpson  heads the restoration, conservation and cleaning of all carpets, rugs, kilims and textiles.

How we work

You are welcome to visit the studio, study rugs on the internet and contact us to ask for a selection to be seen either in situ or at the studio. We then encourage you to take a couple of pieces home to try and live with for a few days as a rug changes the mood of a room and we want to ensure you are happy. If it is not right first time we are happy to keep searching for you.

If you have a rug in need of restoration be it large reweaves or stopping an end large or small a quotation to suit budget and timescale will be agreed. Bespoke covered furniture is also possible to order.


The Rug Studio buys from clients direct when suitable, but Rachel is always happy to advise whether it is something she personally is interested in or the trade as a whole or whether it best to send to auction or charity with a price guide to help.

Interior Designers

Rachel can happily meet designers at the shop, warehouse or clients houses.  She will work as an advisor or broker. Please contact us for further information.