It is said that you would be at the best in your profession when you are growing in that environment. That is how I started in the rug business - beginning in Tehran learning from my older brother who was an artist, sculptor and rug collector. During his college years, he collected many fine Persian rugs. I always accompanied him as a curious young teenager and learned a lot about the artistry of fine rugs.
Later on, after graduating from high school, I went to Germany to continue my education. In 1963, during my college years in Germany, I started importing Persian rugs and introduced them to my friends in Germany where I was studying. My humble beginnings allowed me to finance my collegiate studies in Germany and also to start up my own business in selling rugs. I continued in the rug business up to my graduation from college in 1968.
Upon graduation in Germany, I moved to the United States in 1969. I went to Columbia, Missouri for post-graduate study at the University of Missouri. I continued in the rug business in Missouri.
In the early 1980s, I moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and opened up a store on 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati. I was importing, buying and selling many new, semi-antique and antique rugs from rug manufacturers around the world. I had customers from all over the United States.
During the mid-1980s, I was approached by Closson's company. (Closson's was a business established in the late 1800s.) Specifically, Mr. Alfred Burton Closson approached me about joining their company in downtown Cincinnati. I was affiliated with Closson's from the late 1980s up to the early 2000s.
Later on, we opened a new showroom at our current location on 9689 Montgomery Road (1/4 mile north of downtown Montgomery). We have been serving thousands of happy clients in the Greater Cincinnati area and from around the world.
When I retired in 2009, the business was run by other members of my extended family. Because of my love for the artistry of rugs and the relationships with my clients that I had built over the years, I am still active as an adviser and buyer of fine rugs from around the world for the company.