“Fine Lifestyles Magazine” Covers Abrash Gallerie

Check out Abrash Gallerie in Fine Lifestyles Magazine! This article very honestly represents what Abrash Gallerie works hard to be for it’s clients.

 

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The Beauty of Buying Trips

Buying TripA few times a year, I travel to various places in the world to help bring in fresh merchandise to the store. I love being able to find new one-of-a-kind pieces that tell a story. When a customer takes this piece of art into their home, it’s not only exciting for me, but they always seem to be so happy with their purchase. I like to believe it’s not only because they like the way their house looks now, but because they love bringing in the story of the piece to their home.

Back in February, I had the opportunity to travel back to Turkey to find some great merchandise for the gallerie. I walk through the shops where they’re carried and become filled with the excitement of knowing that more stories are to come. As I look at each piece, one by one, the producers of the pieces tell me about what I’m looking at, and I absorb it like a sponge. How exciting is it that this art of handcrafted items is still alive and well?

Beginnings

It wasn’t long ago that I found my inspiration for starting Abrash. It was a lengthy process that took an unsatisfying job, patient soul-searching and the support of my family (especially my husband and 2 beautiful daughters).  Naturally, my growing passion for oriental rugs had a lot to do with finding this great joy in my life.

It has been approximately 11 years since I left the banking world through a series of systematic “reorganizations” happening after the Y2K crisis.  At the time, I was not the happiest soul to be laid-off from my job/profession.  I didn’t really enjoy what I did, but I hadn’t considered what other possibilities existed for me out there either.  Sometimes we have to experience a struggle to explore and discover new and better options in life: a blessing in disguise.

I always loved the arts but didn’t go to school for it.  I was brought up with the notion that if you become an artist, you would starve.  But what about loving what you do in life?  I guess that is a luxury to many in this universe.

My beginnings in the carpet world started with a visitor who came to Cleveland to give a lecture at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Her name is Josephine Powell, an American nomad. She is the source of inspiration who widened my horizons and ignited my passion for the woven arts.  During her visit to Cleveland, Josephine was staying with Dede Moore, a kind lady who owned a rug gallery in Shaker Heights.  When Dede offered me to help her in her gallery, I felt consumed by the thrilling opportunity to learn this art form.  I wasn’t getting paid for what I did, but it didn’t matter, I was really enjoying myself in this so-called role as an ‘apprentice’.

Two years passed by, and I felt I needed to continue this journey on my own.  I needed to combine my passion with a viable business idea.  I was actually quite scared to start a venture on my own without any retail experience.  After knocking on every door for available space, I found an existing design store that was interested and proposed to share some of their space.  There, I learned more about what it meant to work in the industry and provide hand-woven oriental rugs to clients for interior decorating purposes.  Another five years passed by and it was time again to move on and be a completely independent entity.   Abrash, my third daughter :-) , was born December 2006 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.