Best of Boston

2008 Best Rugs

Yayla Tribal Rugs

The more time spent scouring the mazelike piles of carpets inside Yayla, the more treasures are unearthed. The cavernous warehouse and its basement are crammed with sumptuous vegetable-dyed rugs hand-worked by weavers in Afghanistan, Iran, India, and Turkey, and uniquely stamped with indigenous designs. Those preferring a patina of history will find antique specimens scattered throughout the inventory as well. Be prepared to pay steep prices here, but be comforted knowing a portion of the profits goes back to the artisans.

283 Broadway, Cambridge, 617-576-3249,