Journal

Cries and Whispers

From left Sam and Farzan Navab, circa 1990. The man with an expensive car.. Many years ago, when my brother and I had just started our business, a man driving an expensive car stopped by at our store and asked why I thought he should purchase a handmade rug? He said ”I own a good…

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A Rug Dealer Fantasy

Loyce Houlton Courtesy: discogs.com One snowy evening in February 1995, just before closing, we had the distinct pleasure of serving an older couple visiting our shop. I remember the evening vividly because normally on a snowy day in Minneapolis we would have no customers let alone on a cold and snowy evening. The couple specifically…

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Milan in Bits and Pieces

Lake Como We took the train from Lausanne, Switzerland, where my mother and sister live, to Milan, passing by lake Como along the way. If you haven’t been there, you may think it’s just another lake, but its name belies the enormity of the place. Lake Como is huge and is made up of small…

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Sanctions and the Persian Rug Trade

As the U.S. prepares to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal, now is the time to invest in Persian rugs The Rugs We All Know and Love As early as the Renaissance, Persian rugs have had a powerful hold on the Western imagination. You can find them in paintings by Vermeer and Rubens. Hundreds of…

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True Green, A Conversation

A few years back a colleague pointed out the amazing value of the sheep to the oriental rug industry. He remembered having gone to the countryside for a picnic with his grandfather. "Look at those sheep, " his grandfather remarked upon spotting a herd. "They are truly precious animals. They provide wool for rugs and,…

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Prairie Land Rugs

The small town of Hawley, Minnesota, is located east of Moorhead at the intersection of the Buffalo River, U.S. Route 10, and the Burlington Northern Railroad. There is, of course, nothing unusual or particular about this small town of 2,000 people. Except for Bob Hest — an artist, painter, and Twin Cities personality who unexpectedly…

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Shiraz Diary

We recently visited the city of Shiraz in southern Iran. A city located somewhat close to the Persian gulf(only a 45 minute flight to Dubai). Greeks And Persians As it happens this city is also our mother’s ancestral homeland. Some fifty years ago my brother and I used to travel to Shiraz during holidays, and…

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A Saturday To Remember

On a Saturday morning in July of 2017 I had the distinct honor to have a brief audience with the Dalai Lama. On Friday evening, Jampa Tenzin, our sales manager (in the photo standing to the left of his holiness) suddenly called me and asked if I wanted to meet the Dalai Lama? For years…

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