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?

Love From Abrash

I woke-up @ 6 am Sunday morning.  Everyone is still sleeping, even the city.  I am out of town traveling to bring some more beautiful art to Abrash.  Sun rays are beaming in the sky, and I am sipping my tea.  That is how a good day starts…

GrandBazaarOver the last decade of my life I fell in love with one thing I always had an appreciation for and enjoyed throughout my years on this planet; hand-made oriental rugs & interior design. I truly believe “Home is the Reflection of the Soul”.  In today’s society, we each live different levels of stress in our lives.  When one comes home, it is soothing to one’s soul to feel the passion, love, comfort, peacefulness and beauty of life.  A house becomes your home when it is filled with colors & designs that reflects your spirit.  A hand-made rug, whether it is contemporary or traditional can be the art on your floor. Remember, each knot is patiently woven with villagers who painstakingly weave them to make a living.

I feel fortunate to meet those weavers & visit their villages on the Silk Route.  To me, their work resonates love for the dyeing art-form of hand-made rugs.  Believe it or not, I love all of the rugs I bring to my gallery , and if I had a choice I would not sell any of them; I guess that is a committed marriage :)

Happy Valentine’s Day to all who live to love and love to live.

Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth

Oriental rugs are a ‘blind’ item for most people.  Trust in the dealer is the most important factor in your purchase – trust that you are being shown the most beautiful rugs of each type – well made and fairly priced.  Here are some tips on quality…