It was relatively a slow day yesterday (Sat. 08/29/2009). We received 3 rugs from 3 different customers for cleaning and sold one area rug. A couple of friends showed up for a brief chat. We did some rug repairs.
I left work at 5:00 pm to visit the Los Angeles International Rug Show held in Los Angeles Convention Center. This rug show is being held in South Hall J. The show was very organized. I had registered online and picked up my badge from the registration booth. I met a few friends and some of the exhibitors. Paul Shaper of the Shaper Productions was there presenting his company with having a table there. I met Peter Woodaman of RugInsider magazine. I also had a chat with Kayvan Rahmanan of the French Accent who had a booth. They have participated from New York City. They produce and import very decorative rugs. There were few other rug producing and importing companies from out of town and out of state. people from rug producing countries could not participate in this show. This was to protect the exhibitors from unfair competition from the suppliers who do not have many kinds of costs and expenditure U.S. companies have.
Los Angeles is a big market and it will not remain a slow market. The situation will definitely change and Los Angeles rug market will deserve to have its own rug show.
Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)