1 How did you get your start?
I was born into the trade. My grandfather started our business in Esfahan, central Iran, and I am the third generation. We focus on handmade, naturally dyed Persian carpets from modern to semiold and antique.
2 Have you noticed any recent collecting trends?
We have noticed the trend for minimalism and muted colours decreasing and a move back towards more traditional decors. Carpets with more colour are being purchased as well as brown furniture.
3 What is one great discovery you have made?
On a buying trip I discovered a 9ft 10in x 6ft 7in (3 x 2m) antique Tehran carpet with a stunning tree of life design and soft blue background [shown above]. It was folded up outside a dealer’s showroom in the bazaar, almost forgotten and hidden away. It is a gorgeous piece. Looking at it has brought me many hours of joy.
4 Who do you admire in the trade?
I would say my late father, with his honesty, integrity and attention to detail. One of his biggest lessons he taught me was to be good to your people and they will be loyal and good to you.
5 What are you bringing to LARTA?
Some gorgeous antique carpets from across Persia that have recently arrived to us, including a rather special Farahan. We traditionally have hosted four exhibitions per year. Due to the current conditions we don’t have anything set in stone but watch our website for updates.
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