About Us

ZaKi Oriental

Welcome to Zaki Oriental Rugs – a name famed for high quality Persian and Oriental rugs displayed in a magnificent showroom located in High Point, North Carolina. The unmatched quality, variety and value of our rugs in all sizes up to 17’ x 28’ has made Zaki Oriental Rugs a destination for discriminating buyers from all fifty states and from many foreign countries.


After landing in New York on July 4th, 1976, Zaki decided to settle in High Point, NC (the home furnishings capital of the world) due to strong recommendation of his professor, Dr. Carl Wheeless. After a modest start in 1977, the rapid growth of business necessitated moving to bigger buildings eventually the final move to the present 100,000 sq. ft. custom built showroom in 1997.


Having maintained a complaint free record with the Better Business Bureau for 45 years, Zaki Oriental Rugs has received the Business Ethics Award from the B.B.B. more than once.

In addition to many donations for alleviation of poverty in the United States & abroad, Zaki has donated his previous buildings to the High Point Chamber of Commerce, the High Point Conventions & Visitors Bureau & High Point Community against Violence (an organization responsible for training violent crime offenders in furniture manufacturing)

Please call us for any questions before you make your final decision to buy a rug. All sales proceeds are being donated to schools for impoverished children and orphanages.

Rug Making Process


The art of rug weaving originated more than 3000 years ago. An old Pazyryk rug was excavated in 1949, which dates back to 500 B.C. It is the oldest specimen found of the ancient weavings. Rugs were initially woven as articles of necessity to cover the floors of nomadic tribesmen, providing them protection from the cold and damp. The natural progression of the skill and craft responsible for the creation of these works of art has been passed down from generation to generation over centuries. As international trade developed, the variety of patterns and designs grew. These centuries’ old traditions have been kept alive and in recent years, handmade rugs sector has demonstrated significant improvements considering the needs in different parts of the world. Pakistan is one of the key countries for production of handmade rugs. The process of the production of hand-knotted rugs can be described as under:

Sheep Farming / Procurement Of The Wool:


Sheep Farming - Procurement of the Wool The process of rug making starts from sheep farming which is the source of natural wool.

After sheering the sheep, the wool is supplied to the factories for spinning or is utilized in villages where it is scoured and spun.

Wool Spinning :


Spinning is the process of transforming the wool by twisting the fibers together to form yarn, and removing the dead yarn to create a longer fiber. Traditionally, fibers were spun by hand using simple tools such as the spindle or using a spinning wheel also known as Charkha.

Spinning the wool by hand is a noble and long process that makes a big difference in the final feel and touch of the hand-knotted rug. Machine-spun wool is an alternative method in spinning the wool as for this purpose many factories have been set-up where the process from scouring, combing and spinning is being done for creating yarn according to the requirement of the different qualities of the rugs.

Designing :


In different parts of the world, craftsmen are creating designs for rugs representing their regions and cultures such as Tribals, Orientals, Classics, Contemporary and Modern. To create any design the designer first sketches a design onto a graph paper with a pencil.

Once graphed the artist then decides on color, carefully painting the design with water colors. Each square on the graph represents one knot. The designs are then written into a special "rug language". Each color has a symbol with the number of knots of the colors written above or below. Each row of knots is detailed on paper.

Wool Dyeing :


Once the rug design has been completed, yarn has to be dyed according to the design requirements. In ancient times, wool was dyed only with natural or vegetable dyes. Now this process is not only used in tribes and villages but is also adopted by various companies for producing rugs as they were produced in days past which gives a completely natural and original color effect.

Another way of wool dyeing has also been established for a long time in rug producing, using chemical and synthetic dyestuff. There are various qualities where these kinds of dyes are required for production.

Weaving :


Weaving of rugs has been done generally in the weavers’ house. This is a cottage industry and now mostly weavers are women. According to the size of a rug, the loom is installed. Then weaver sets up the cotton or silk warp (which constitutes the foundation of the rug) on the loom. There are several kind of knots used.

The most desirable are Turkish Knot (Gheordes Knot) and Persian Knot (Senneh Knot) The time of completion of a rug depends on how many knots per square inch and size of the rug. It can vary from a few months to several years or more.

Washing :


After completion of weaving the rug it is brought back to the premises where washing and cleaning process starts. Washing is one of the most important steps as it not only cleans the rug but also softens and brings shine.

Finally, the rug needs to be dried properly under the sun before clipping and sheering of the pile.

Clipping/ Sheering :


Sheering is another important step to move the rug towards final stage. Traditionally sheering has been done with large scissors but now a days the artisans are using straight platform (tables) for trimming pile with moving blades in hand.

Height of the pile can be adjusted according to markets demand and customer’s desire. The fringe knots are tied to protect the rug from unraveling by securing the warp and weft threads. All of our rugs are physically inspected to ensure they meet the highest standards of craftsmanship.

Since the start, Mr. Zaki Uddin Khalifa is a strong believer in giving back to society. Whenever he got the chance, he would make considerable donations to various charitable organizations back in Pakistan as well as in the United States.

After moving out of the 23,000/- Sqft showroom, he decided to donate that showroom to High Point City Council. He wanted to give back to the city that made him successful.He is also well-known for the extraordinary efforts he did for the betterment of the society.

He has been a regular donor to different orphanages in Pakistan. He has also built an orphanage and is planning semi-retire from the Rugs business and teach the children of that orphanage. The orphanage is in the last stages of completion.

In 2018, he donated 100,000/- SqFT to Akwat Foundation, a charitable organization working to alleviate poverty by empowering socially and economically marginalized segments of the society in Pakistan. He has always been passionate about the welfare of society, this is the main reason why he has denoted his hard-earned wealth to this Charitable Organization.

He struggled hard to build a globally recognized rug brand but he didn't use his wealth for materialistic success rather he devoted around 80% of his hard-earned money to the welfare of society. He is of the view that one should do the best he can to help the betterment of society. He has invested all of his talent, devotion, and compassion to shape a better future for people around them.

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