A SILK rug worth more than £15,000 has been stolen from a furniture shop.
The Indian Agra rug, which features a gold and greeny-brown design, was taken from Brights of Nettlebed between 9.30am and 10.30am on July 25.
Robert Stamp, who co-owns the High Street business with his son Henry, is offering a £2,000 reward for information leading to its recovery.
The rug, which measures about 3.5m by 3m, was stolen from an area at the back of the shop which is thought to have been accessed from an alleyway leading to Lion Meadow or a driveway leading on to Watlington Road.
Mr Stamp realised the rug had been taken when he went to the stock room the morning that it was stolen and he alerted the police.
“Obviously it is a shock and we’d be very pleased to get it back,” he said. “We haven’t had anything like this happen before. We’ve had the odd break-in but nothing of this nature.”
The rug had only been returned to the shop the day before it was taken as it had been on show at the Country Land and Business Association’s game fair in Alcester, Warwickshire.
It had been locked in a small room at the back of the showroom but Mr Stamp asked for it to be moved along with several other rugs to another part of the showroom and kept in storage.
A member of staff began moving the rugs but half an hour later, the Agra rug had gone.
Mr Stamp said: “It was a newly made 100 per cent silk rug with an exclusive design.
“It had high density knotting and would have taken between nine months and a year to make.”