C John (Rare Rugs) Ltd
C John (Rare Rugs) Ltd
Leon Sassoon of C John (Rare Rugs) Ltd


C John (Rare Rugs) Ltd

For more than 75 years the name of C John has been synonymous with the best woven works of art.

The business’s founder, C John, opened his first showroom in Henley-on-Thames in 1936. Two years later he obtained larger premises in the High Street, Oxford. Then in 1947 the Mayfair showrooms were established in elegant premises at 70 South Audley Street. 

In 2015, the gallery moved to a new modern space further down South Audley Street, however in view of the change in purchasing trends, the new decade has brought further change for C. John. On the last day of 2019, we vacated our premises on South Audley Street in Mayfair. Where one door closes, another window opens and at C. John, we recognise our clients favour accessing our collection and services via our online gallery.

In 1966 C John received the accolade of being appointed as supplier of carpets to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the first in this field to receive the Royal Warrant.

Among the wide ranging quality stock may be found fine aubussons, Kelim, Turkoman and Persian carpets and rugs. Rugs from India are displayed as are those of Caucausian or East Turkestan origin. A selection of European carpets, such as Axminster or Savonnerie may also be found, along with stunning textiles.

The C. John tradition continues under the personal directorship of Leon Sassoon, who offers an expert restoration and cleaning service, carried out by the firm’s own craftsmen, who combine their great skill with the finest materials available.

At C. John, we remain committed to offering the finest antique rugs, carpets and tapestries and providing excellent service to our private clients, interior designers and fellow dealers, albeit, primarily via our digital shop-window at www.cjohn.com


C John (Rare Rugs) Ltd
Carpets and rugs; tapestry, needlework and fabrics; restoration; valuations
St John's Wood
Opening hours
Open Monday-Friday 9.30-5; appointment advisable
+44 (0)20-7409 7030
Leon Sassoon
London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair