Essie Sakhai is one of world’s foremost rug experts and dealers. Born in Iran to a family of Persian carpet connoisseurs, it was perhaps inevitable that Essie would become a top expert on Oriental carpets, gaining much of his great knowledge from his father Benayahoo Sakhai. Essie lives in London, though he spends most of his time at Essie Carpets on the corner of Albemarle Street and Piccadilly in London’s Mayfair, carrying on the family tradition which started since the 18th Century. Essie is a true enthusiast and hopes through his extensive lectures, interviews and books (The Fabric of Life, The Story of Carpets and The Buyers’ Guide) to share his passion for Oriental carpets with a wider audience.

At Essie we appreciate that purchasing any form of artwork – carpets, rugs, tapestries and other antiques – requires vast knowledge of the subject. For this reason, we offer you our expertise, as your consultant, to ensure that you make a correct and wise investment in this field. We offer an extensive range of fine Persian and Oriental carpets, rugs and European Tapestries including antique and modern, in a variety of designs, colours and sizes in our two substantial showrooms in the heart of Mayfair.


” The only person I have met, that I trust to influence and educate me on the subject of carpets, is Essie Sakhai, and he has been an absolute godsend in tracking down rugs and carpets that I thought only existed in my mind. He is a kind and understanding man, with a wealth of information on rugs of all kinds, which is driven by his passion for this magnificent art form. I hope that one day you may have the pleasure of meeting the great Essie, and allowing him to show you his fabulous collection of carpets. ” – Eric Clapton