Runge Oriental Rugs has been on Main Street in Yarmouth for the past 31 years. The owner of the store, A.E. Runge, Jr. or “Tad” as his friends and customers call him, represents the most recent generation of Runges with a commitment to the appreciation and marketing of attractive older and antique oriental carpets. The tradition of great rugs and customer’s satisfaction started with Tad’s great grandfather, Edward Runge, who bought and sold oriental rugs on Fifth Avenue in New York City starting in the 1880’s. Edward put together the Altman collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
To learn more about oriental rugs in general
and Hamadan rugs in particular, read
"One Woman, One Weft" by Tad Runge.
One Woman, One Weft
The present store has a large inventory of handmade orientals that have been purchased almost entirely from estates and private individuals in New England and Europe. Most date between 1890 and 1930 and are chosen for that difficult to find combination of aesthetic beauty, exceptional condition and fair value.
Tad Runge is nationally recognized as an expert and author of Perisan Hamadan village rugs. He has lectured at the International Conference of Oriental Carpets (ICOC), the American Conference on Oriental Rugs (ACOR), numerous regional rug societies and adult education programs. He currently serves on the Collections Committee of the Maine Historical Society, various boards and is a volunteer fire fighter.