About Rugs As Art

Rugs As Art, Inc. is widely known as one of the nation's most prestigious and award winning area rug stores. Excellent selection, unbeatable prices, and unparalleled customer service are what you can expect when you walk through the door. With 20,000 sq/ft of showroom space, we offer the most extensive, eclectic collection of area rugs, carpeting, accent furnishings, art and accessories under one roof. You'll love our personal touch and we promise you'll be astounded by our incredible prices... the best anywhere! We guarantee it!

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Rugs As Art History
Rugs As Art, Inc. was established in 1986 in the Gulf Gate shopping district of Sarasota, Florida by John and Lucy Murse. The 800 sq. ft. store was founded on the objectives of providing quality area rugs to the Sarasota market with superior selection, outstanding service and highly attractive pricing. That selection has always included top quality traditional Orientals, world-class contemporary designs and many levels of classics in between.

In 1989, the store was relocated to a South Tamiami Trail location of 4,500 sq. ft. Continued growth and national recognition were bolstered by aggressive local advertising, including television. The store went “on line” in 1992 with an Internet Web site and the clientel grew to be national and international.

June, 2001, marked the move to a new 20,000 sq. ft. building two miles south of the previous South Trail location. Fourteen foot ceilings, handsome hardwood flooring, excellent lighting and efficient rack systems accommodate several thousand rugs, accessories and furnishings. Separate areas are dedicated to handmade, machine made and custom made area rugs. Customers and floor covering professionals agree that the new store is, indeed, a showplace.

Rugs As Art, Inc. also includes a Designer Resource Center located in the Sarasota showroom. The Designer Resource Center specializes in carpeting and custom area rugs. Rugs As Art proudly serves the west coast of Florida, including Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Port Charlotte, Naples and Fort Myers.

Rugs As Art Sales Staff
Joe Arnone joe@rugsasart.com

Joe Arnone has been with Rugs As Art since 2002. Beginning in the stockroom and working his way up to a sales position, his vast experience in all aspects of the company gives him a unique perspective when assisting customers. Joe loves the personal interaction that he has with his customers and seeing their smile when he helps them find the perfect rug.

Andy Oppenheimer andy@rugsasart.com

Andy Oppenheimer brings to Rugs As Art, Inc. his expertise in commercial and residential design. He attended St. Petersburg College and the University of New Hampshire and has a degree in sales and marketing. Before joining Rugs As Art, he was in furniture sales and management for over 30 years. Andy loves helping his customers find that perfect rug to complete a room. When not spending time with his family, Andy enjoys playing guitar in his original rock band in Venice, Florida.

David Schmauss dave@rugsasart.com

Prior to joining the Rugs As Art, Inc. sales team, David Schmauss spent over 15 years specializing in sales and management. He enjoys assisting customers and making their shopping experience an enojoyable one. David has lived in Sarasota since 1983 and looks forward to competing in the annual Tarpon Fishing Tournament.

Larry Morris larry@rugsasart.com

Having grown up in Sarasota, Larry has seen the area grow and change. He has been with Rugs as Art since 2010 in various departments learning the business. As a Sales Associate, he enjoys working to ensure his customers receive friendly service and the information and assistance they need to select rugs and other items which will complement their style and spaces. Away from work, his focus is his family, their home, and activities with friends and relatives.

Leslie Mazer lelsie@rugsasart.com

Hillary Welch design@rugsasart.com

Hillary Welch grew up in Sarasota, Florida and had an extensive upbringing in the Fine Arts and Performance Arts (dance, orchestra, and studio art). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and has extensive training in Graphic Design and the Fine Arts. Hillary loves to collaborate directly with her clients to create works of art that are exquisite, innovative and functional.

View Hillary's Custom and Award-Winning Design Portfolio

Gabby Murse & Tilly Mitchell

Gabby Murse (Ace Sales Bird) and Tilly Mitchell (The Watch-Dog) were both eager to greet every customer and never missed a day of work. Gabby has since retired and spends his days enojoying the beautiful Florida sunshine. Unfortunately, Tilly recentlly passed after more than 15 years of dedicated service. She will be missed!


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