Flokati rug

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A flokati rug is a woven wool rug. They are shaggy in appearance, and are thick and soft. Although producers claim that they follow an ancient textile tradition, the first mention of them, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, was in 1967.[1][2] Modern wool or synthetic rugs may be purchased in a variety of colours.


The word is probably derived from the Ancient Greek πλεκω, "to braid",[3] or the Latin floccus, "tuft of wool".[2]


Flokati are often made from wool.

Flokati were popular in the 1970s.[4] Considering the word first appeared in English in 1967, it was likely invented by modern rug producers.

Gagalis Co. imported flokati from Greece starting in 1970 and sold them as "a new look in casual floor coverings."[5]

In the October 2005 Cosmo Girl, designer Mark Montano suggested a flokati rug as a solution to the question, "What if my dormmate is the complete opposite of me?!"[6]

Marketing of flokati is directed towards consumers looking for authenticity. Modern flokati rug producers claim that the rugs are made as part of a longstanding Greek tradition. It is, however, It is difficult to track the history of flokati as different from other varieties of traditional weaving. Although producers often claim their rugs are drawn from ancient times, it is unlikely that the product they are selling is the same as those used by Alexander the Great as a sleeping mat, as is claimed by Flokati-Rug.com.[7]


  • Flokati rugs were offered as prizes on the 1980s game show Press Your Luck (and often joked about when won).[8]
  • They were recommended as being a good home furnishing choice in the 1977 May 52/1 issue of Bon Appétit.


  1. ^ "flokati rug". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  2. ^ a b "flokati". The Free Dictionary. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  3. ^ "πλέκω". Logeion. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  4. ^ "History of Flokati Rugs". www.flokati.com. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  5. ^ "Helen Gagalis, Tastemaker of Throws, Dies". Home Textiles Today. 2006.
  6. ^ Greene, Lauren (2005). "'What if My Dormmate is the Complete Opposite of Me?!' Designer Mark Montano Solves All Your Room Problems". Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  7. ^ "Flokati Rug History". www.flokati-rug.com. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  8. ^ "Roll that Board!". gscentral.net. Archived from the original on 21 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2015.