About Blue Parakeet Rugs
Blue Parakeet Rugs is based in Los Angeles and owned and operated by Sheba Khodadad. All of our antique and vintage rugs are old world, handwoven wool rugs, and most are over one hundred years old. Not just vintage, but really vintage.
Our rugs have been featured in homes styled by award-winning designers and recognized in the pages of blogs, newspapers, and magazines of taste makers in furnishings and design. Blue Parakeet Rugs was named the top pick in world-class designer Emily Henderson's Ultimate Vintage Rug Resource Guide.
We sell online at our shop and ship all over the world. And for the local stuff, we offer on-site styling and installation with our Rug ‘N’ Roll service. With this perk, rug lovers in the LA area can pick some favorites from our collection and have a personalized rug shopping experience at home. It's concierugs!
New arrivals often preview on our Instagram stories before they hit the online shop, so make sure to follow @blueparakeetrugs on Instagram if you want to get a first look and first dibs!
Without the fixed costs of a large brick and mortar retailer, we are able make our rugs available to everyone at honest prices. We sell what we love, and we work hard to give you as much information as possible about each listing including accurate photographs that are raw (never any filters) of each piece.
If you’re new to our shop and want to get acquainted with what we're all about, please check out our Press & Bragging Writes to see our old rugs in the wild with some of our latest projects.
If you have a question or want to email and chat, please send a message. We love hearing from you!
I’m a native of both LA and the rug trade. My parents’ home was always as full of food and love as it was of antique Oriental rugs and relatives in the business. After completing my MBA, I launched my first venture, a brand and event consultancy. I loved helping clients build deeper, more lasting connections with their audiences and customers. I have also produced or been part of hundreds of amazing events that make an impact. It actually led to my second small business, which was a spin off of my first! Working with everyone from Hollywood stars to national consumer brands to difference-making nonprofits was incredible, and after a decade of growth and success, I was ready to find my next Everest.
In the summer of 2016, I had started working with my beloved uncle Joseph, who was a world-renowned rug buyer, dealer, and appraiser. He sold rugs wholesale to many of the world class rug retailers that are brick and mortar. Joseph was passionate and more about the art than the business and he wanted to bequeath his incredible knowledge about the art, history, and trade of antique rugs to the next generation and focused his efforts on me. Studying by his side was a gift. Eventually, I learned to see these woven treasures with new, expert eyes and found my new calling. As it turned out, our emerging venture and amazing collaboration was cut short as Joseph tragically passed away at what was still quite a young age and only a few months into this amazing journey I had with him. I was left inspired and heartbroken, but ignited within to keep his legacy alive. I launched Blue Parakeet Rugs in 2017, named in honor of my uncle Joseph and of his favorite blue rose-ring parakeet. I run this business with my whole heart.
It’s been awesome to help build and be embraced by a great community on Instagram and Etsy and to become a trusted source for amazing design gurus as well as amazing home owners who want to have some love and history in their homes.
I never get tired of seeing one of these soulful rugs in its new home, preferably with barefoot kids and pets playing on top! I truly believe everyone should own an old, soulful rug that was handmade for months or years. These rugs are living, woven works of art made more beautiful by every home along their journey through the generations. I hope you find your next family heirloom at Blue Parakeet Rugs.