Don’t just buy a rug at Marco Polo Oriental Rugs, experience one

A Special Advertising Feature of the Alexandria Times

Marco Polo Oriental Rugs is one of those wonderful places where acquiring a rug is an experience, not simply shopping. This acquisition is not simply about matching colors, for the buying of a fine carpet is really about making an investment in an heirloom. With this in mind, Marco Polo’s oriental rugs are likely to be with the customer for the rest of his or her life.

Unlike Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar where fine rugs are piled to the ceiling in tiny stalls, the Marco Polo showroom is spacious with deep and richly colored carpets of wool and silk adorning the walls and floors. Each piece looks like something so fine one dare not walk on it, but oriental rugs are extremely durable. Every item at Marco Polo is hand made, and not a single machine rug is on the premises. The fabulous dealers have new and antique rugs from such far flung spots as Turkey, China, India, Iran and Afghanistan.

When looking to make your purchase, the experienced sales team will patiently explain your options and provide pointers on the finer aspects of the luxurious woven wares. They are led by owner Abdullah Khaja, who for over 25 years has sold oriental rugs in markets, then Bethesda, Md. and finally Alexandria, where he has been based for almost a decade.

It is well worth noting that this is not simply a showroom for selling fine rugs, but Marco Polo wants to be involved in helping patrons care for their carpets. They can do every sort of fine repair that might be needed as well as hand wash the carpets and even appraise rugs for insurance.

With gorgeous rugs for sale and a sales team willing to teach buyers about the carpets they are interested in, this unassuming spot at 648 S. Pickett St. is well worth seeking out. From rugs the size of a doormat to carpets large enough for a palace, Marco Polo has carpets that will please everyone, especially as they come at wholesale prices and with free delivery.

Located at 648 S. Pickett St. Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 703-461-0207 or visit

A Special Advertising Feature of the Alexandria Times