The knotty rug company began almost by accident in 2003 when the owner Darrel Wingo, a specialty paint contractor at the time, was asked by a client to help her find a rug. Darrel began researching rugs and instantly became enthralled with the history, artistry, and beauty of hand knotted oriental rugs. After a brief time the collection of rugs was exceeding his personal needs, so he began selling them from home. Once the garage was full and regular driveway sales were booming, it was apparent he needed to find a better location for selling these beautiful rugs. The first retail location was inside of a large antique store in Kansas City's Crossroads district. In 2007 a permanent home was established at 4510 Stateline Road in the Art and Antique district just west of the Country Club Plaza.