A new generation of interior designers is beginning to appreciate the classical beauty of needlepoint rugs at a time when these rugs can no longer be made because nearly all needlepoint workshops in China have shut down. Before the shut down 99% of all needlepoint rugs were made in China. But China has developed so rapidly and wages have more than tripled in just a few years. Workers are drawn to higher paying jobs in high tech manufacturing. When I started making needlepoint rugs in China in the late 1980's I was deeply impressed by the ultra-fine sense of color and attention to detail I found among the artists in China. With China no longer making these rugs there are just two specialist importers left who still have fine needlepoint rugs from before the factories closed down. They are Asmara and Stark Carpet. An additional seven dealers offer antique needlepoint rugs. All 9 top sources of needlepoint rugs are listed at the end of this post. Here are 17 tips for decorating with needlepoint rugs.