Outstanding Design. Highest Quality.

The Ultimate in Personal Service.

In 1999, I started Classic Rug Collection, Inc. I used the word “collection” because I envisaged rugs made in many different styles and techniques. Drawing upon my interest in historical sources and using my research skills, I have designed rugs based on American Primitive designs, the Gee’s Bend Quilt patterns, Art Deco motifs, and classic Eastern geometrics. I also create rugs using my own experiences and my imagination. Many of these ideas become one-of-a-kind custom rugs. All of my rugs use natural fibers and carry the Goodweave label. Goodweave inspects the looms of companies that agree to employ adults only.
Through independent certification and rigorous inspections you know your rug is child-labor-free. Today, I select from the finest rug manufacturers in the world to bring my designs to life. I commission hand-knotted New Zealand wool, pashmina, hemp, nettle, linen, banana, and silk rugs from Nepal; hand-tufted wool and silk rugs from Thailand and India; and flat-woven rugs in mohair from the USA and in wool from Portugal. In this way, I can find the technique—and the price point—that best suits my clients. I think my motto sums up our goals – Outstanding Design. Highest Quality. The Ultimate in Personal Service. Thank you for your interest in my rugs.

Meet Barbara Barran

Shakespearean, Rug Designer, Business Owner

My interest in design and interiors began when I was a child growing up in Washington, PA, where my father owned a furniture and carpet store. Every Sunday, my family drove around the area looking at model homes and visiting other home furnishings stores. My sister Marcia and I spent endless hours poring over design magazines, painting and repainting our bedroom, dyeing our curtains and bedspreads, and researching new ideas for our bathroom.

Marcia became an interior designer, but I had difficulty sticking to one path. After graduating from Temple University with a degree in English, I got a job managing Scandia House in Philadelphia, which sold what we now call classic Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian furniture. I returned to school and received an M.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh, then moved to New York City, where I received a fellowship to attend Columbia University, earning a Ph.D. in English with a specialty in Shakespeare.

After spending six years as a rep with SunarHauserman and Knoll, two office furniture manufacturers, I left sales to begin teaching at the New York School of Interior Design. This also gave me an opportunity to start my own business, designing and painting quilt-patterned floor cloths. The Whitney Museum, the Smithsonian, Old Sturbridge Village, and other museum stores carried my work.

In 1999, I started Classic Rug Collection, Inc. I used the word “collection” because I envisaged rugs made in many different styles and techniques. Drawing upon my interest in historical sources and using my research skills, I have designed rugs based on the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, American Primitive designs, the Gee’s Bend Quilt patterns, Art Deco motifs, and classic Eastern geometrics. I also create rugs using my own experiences and my imagination. Many of these ideas become one-of-a-kind custom rugs. All of my rugs use natural fibers and carry the Goodweave label, guaranteeing that no child labor is used in the making of my rugs. Through independent certification and rigorous inspections you know your rug is child-labor-free.

I have translated the works of major artists, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Julian Schnabel, Barbara Bloom, and the Gee’s Bend Quilters, into fascinating, hand-made rugs that have been exhibited in major museums throughout the world. The Metropolitan Museum in NYC commissioned me to design two, limited-edition rugs for their “Court and Cosmos: the Art of the Seljuk Turks” exhibit. It was the first time that the museum commissioned original rugs based on works in their collection. More than 25 US museums, including the Whitney and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, have sold my rugs. I was selected to show in Venice Design 2018, an international, by invitation only exhibit that runs concurrently with the Biennale. In May, 2018, I received awards from the US Commerce Department and the State of NY for excellence in exporting; in 2018, I was appointed to the US Commerce Department’s District Export Council. I have sold my rugs to every continent except Antarctica.

Today, I select from the finest rug manufacturers in the world to bring my designs to life. I commission hand-knotted New Zealand wool, pashmina, hemp, nettle, linen, banana, and silk rugs from Nepal; hand-tufted wool and silk rugs from Thailand and India; and flat-woven rugs from Portugal and India. In this way, I can find the technique—and the price point—that best suits my clients. I think my motto sums up my goals: Outstanding Design. Highest Quality. The Ultimate in Personal Service. Thank you for your interest in my rugs.

  • superior quality and workmanship are unsurpassed…

    I have had the pleasure to work with Barbara Barran, President and owner of Classic Rug Collection for the past 12 years. Her superior quality and workmanship are unsurpassed. Barbara designs with the client in mind to create a unique, one of a kind custom rug using all natural fibers. Her specialty is hand-knotted 300 knot pure silk rugs. Superior service, attention to detail and beautiful custom designed rugs are hallmarks of Classic Rug Collection.

    Peter Capriotti – Museum Professional

  • Both the quality and experience are top-notch…

    My experience in doing business with Barbara was excellent; she wanted to hear what I was looking for and had a number of designs from which to choose. I highly recommend Classic Rug to anyone who loves beautiful floor art. Both the quality and experience are top-notch.

    L. Doberczak – PA

  • A professional, warm, personal touch…

    Barbara was attentive to every detail, made sure the work was done on time, and followed through afterward to see that we were happy with it all. Everything was handled professionally, yet with a warm, personal touch. I could not have been happier.

    Francine Klagsbrun – NYC

  • first class implementation…

    Our house is very modern and we wanted rugs that would fit the style and add a lot of color and vibrancy to the environment. Barbara did a great job on the design and the implementation was first class as well.

    Gary Donner – S.C.

  • Her personal service truly is the ultimate…

    I had trouble finding the right carpet for my own home. Barbara walked me through this project with expertise, suggestions for design and technical information on materials for custom carpets. Classic Rug Collection offers a myriad of options. Her personal service truly is the ultimate.

    Private Client – Virginia

  • excellent customer service , communicative, efficient, knowledgeable…

    I have worked with Classic Rug Collection for many years on the production of custom rugs. Their customer service is excellent, communicative, efficient, knowledgeable. The rugs produced have been of the highest quality. Their prices are very reasonable. It has been a pleasure to work with them and I highly recommend this company.

    Barbara Bloom – Artist

  • Our One-of-a-kind carpet is a treasure…

    Our one-of-a-kind carpet is a treasure, exquisitely designed in 25 shades of blue. It is a privilege to have something of this quality in my home

    Ryan Hart and Daria Askari – NYC Professionals

  • very pleasant, completely thorough and efficient….

    In each experience, I have found Barbara to be not only very pleasant to work with but completely thorough and efficient.

    Marc and Sharon Cutler – Raleigh, N.C.

  • for anybody who wants a high-quality custom rug!…

    We met with Barbara to discuss designing a rug for the living room of our new house. We had been looking for a ready-made rug for about two years, and we had also worked with another rug designer. Nothing seemed to work right. We spent a lot of time discussing design ideas with Barbara until an interesting concept emerged. She sent us a preliminary design that we liked. However, she felt that it was important to finalize it by coming to our house to ensure that the rug colors would go with the room colors. So, she drove 150 miles to do this. The final result was spectacular. The rug is the centerpiece of our living room, and we can’t imagine the room without it anymore. Barbara is a very talented professional designer, and the quality of workmanship of the rugs that she designs is extremely high. We highly recommend her to anybody who wants a high-quality custom rug.

    Private Clients – Delaware

  • workmanship, design & quality are truly the best around…

    Classic Rug’s workmanship, design & quality are truly the best around. It’s an investment that does not lose its value. They use the best quality of yarns and colors in producing a magnificent piece of Art!

    Vera Bahu – Interior Designer, N.J.

  • went out of her way…

    Wonderful. Barbara was helpful went out of her way to advise on price, material, and care of the material. Delivery was on time and on spec. I would purchase services from her again.

    Folarin Gbado-Smith – Lagos, Nigeria