The origins of the store go back more than 25 years, with owner Jeff Deutsch making his way to Ecuador in 1990 to trade his own personal possessions for a small collection of handicrafts. The trip sparked many more like it - from the Andes, to Central America and the Middle East. Soon a successful business was born and Jeff opened a permanent store, selling his exotic finds from around the world.

Over the years, the folk art, weaving, jewelry and clothing disappeared and the focus became hand woven rugs. Jeff and his wife Tiffany continued to travel and learn about the business and art of making fine artisanal carpets along the way. Today, Artisan Rug Gallery in Denver, Crested Butte, and now Charlotte, North Carolina, is established as one of the best rug galleries in the Rockies and Beyond.