The Flying Carpet is owned and operated by
the Wright family, in Florence, Alabama.
Bill Wright and his sons, Paul and Neal, are assisted
by Teresa Linville. Together we have the experience and
knowledge to help you find the perfect rug for any
Bill Wright's grandmother began the business just
before the Great Depression, as an Antique store. Rugs
were included in the sales but furniture was the main
inventory. During the Depression it was the Antique Shop
which kept the family fed.
In the early 1970's Bill decided to expand the
business to include Oriental rugs. He had developed an
interest in them while traveling to Chicago to buy
furniture. Trained by an Armenian rug merchant, he
learned about the history and importance of Oriental
rugs. It was at this time that the little room attached
to "The Cabin Antiques" became known as "The Flying
That little room with "almost" a hundred rugs has
evolved into the warehouse with several thousand rugs,
but the desire to help the customer find the right rug
has never been lost.
Because The Flying Carpet has been a fixture in
Florence for so many years, people come from all over the
nation to buy rugs from us, based upon word of mouth or
because their previous generations bought from us. We
have a reputation for dealing fairly with everyone and
for standing behind what we sell.
Unfortunately, there are many "professional" rug
dealers which have created as poor an image for rug
stores as poor used car dealers have created for used
automobile dealers. The Flying Carpet has NEVER had a
"Going out of business" sale, nor do we use gimmicks and
misdirection to draw customers in. We have always dealt
honestly with our customers and intend to continue
treating customers with respect.
Many people have come to us after spending enormous
amounts of money on fraudulently represented or poor
quality rugs. Inevitably they tell us they "wish they had
come here first!" Don't make the same mistake - visit The
Flying Carpet before going to other shops!