About Us

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!


Rugs As Art History

Murse Family

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.

Over 35 years as a staple in Sarasota, the Murse family continues to earn high praise from not only customers, but international vendors, manufacturers and industry icons.

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.



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Rugs As Art Sales Team

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.


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.



Maryjane Hromyak | maryjane@rugsasart.com

Mary Jane has been with Rugs As Art since 2018. Prior to joining the sales team, Mary Jane spent over 20 years in sales management positions in the fashion industry. She enjoys assisting customers with confidence knowing that she will find the perfect rug that her customer will enjoy for years to come, as well as establishing a customer for life. Mary Jane has lived in the Sarasota/Bradenton area for over 17 years. She enjoys spending time with her family and is a Harley Davidson enthusiast.



Tony Elder | tony@rugsasart.com


Gordon Okawa | gordon@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