My older son Ashkan graduated today from CSUN (California State University Northridge) here in Los Angeles. He received his bachelor of Science in Information Technology & Information Systems. For a father and mother, this is one of the most beautiful moments of all time to attend the graduation of their kid!
Ashkan is only 23. He established his own company in 2007. He has It Chair, Inc. Ashkan and his team of young energetic experts do Search Engine Optimization and web designing. He has written a book in his field of work. He is very good at what he does.
A Customer brought in a rug for cleaning and repair. This rug ended up in the trash can due to severe moth damage it had. It was left in storage for five years without being professionally cleaned and properly wrapped.
On Saturday May 8th, I participated in the Oriental Carpets: An Introduction Course at UCLA Extension. It was for half a day starting at 9:30 am. I loved every moment of this class. Chris Fager was the instructor. The handout was well prepared with a fine resource list followed by a very useful rug glossary.
The last section of the class was a rug tour. There were many samples of the rugs on the floor and on the walls from around the world. The students could have ideas of the rugs Chris Fager talked about. Chris is a very knowledgeable and humble man. He has taught this course for nine years at UCLA Extension. He holds a B.A. from Colgate University; and JD, Boston University. Chris Fager is an oriental carpet collector, scholar, and author. A world traveler, he has purchased rugs in Europe and Asia. Chris Fager and has written about the rug world for the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Times Magazine and the international rug journal Hali.
It would be good if UCLA Extension could have rug courses at different levels such as introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in which students could participate and would have more time for in depth discussion.
Anyway, I enjoyed this course a lot and found it very useful.
Rug Blog is a wonderful way to communicate with those who care about rugs of any kind. In this blog, I, Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay) write about my everyday experience with Persian, Oriental and area rugs, and the people that I meet and talk with. I live and work in Los Angeles, where I have a rug gallery. I love my job. It is full of excitement. I hope you enjoy your visit and share your ideas and comments with me.
Rug is my PASSION. I grew up with it since it was my family business and my father's job. I have a bachelor's degree in Industrial Management, a Master's degree in Business Administration, MBA and a second Master's degree in Educational Planning and a Ph.D. in Educational Planning from the University of Southern California, USC in Los Angeles. I am a Board member to the Iranian Carpet Exporters' Association based in Tehran. I am a member of the Textile Group of Los Angeles, TGLA. I am a Board member to the Textile Museum Associate of Southern California, TMA/SC. I am also an Industry Partner to the American Society of Interior Designers, ASID Los Angeles Chapter with more than 1,700 members. I am also the Editor in Chief of the "Iranian Hand Woven Rug" quarterly. I have a rug gallery in Los Angels. I am also the president of the Iranian American Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles. I have an active rug blog: http://rugmaster.blogspot.com/. In this blog, I, Dr. Khosrow Sobhe write about my everyday experience with Persian, Oriental and area rugs, and the people that I meet and talk with. They may be customers, friends, designers, or just ordinary people. I meet them in my rug gallery on 1655 South La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles (Tel. 310-770-9085) or else where.