We picked up few rugs last week for cleaning and repair from Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California. The client said she would have a party and friends coming over in a week and she needed at least one of the rugs by Thursday (last night). The rugs were not ready and the big 10' x 14' rug she needed most was not dry. If a rug is cleaned and not dried properly it would smell bad so we have to deliver the rugs to our clients when they are completely dry.
We gave her a rug last evening around 6:00 pm so when her friends come over, she would have a rug on her floor in the dining room!! We will deliver her rugs on Monday, in 3 days. She was so grateful and happy with our customized service and lending her one of our own rugs. She called this "Doing Business As Unusual"!
We had our Thursday weekly meeting of BNI Money Makers Chapter this morning from 8:00 to 9:30. The attendance was a record high.
I am the only rug specialist in the group. When I introduced myself, I talked about a 5' x 7' Persian rug which was sold in an auction in London two months ago for $9,500,000. This rug was made in Kerman in south Iran some 400 years ago. I added good Persian rugs are good investment.
We have 34 members in our chapter which is one of the largest chapters of BNI in the region. Everybody is a professional and I love this group. We receive business from the members or their referrals. It is also educational and fun to attend these meetings.
I was going to the post office at 2:00 pm today and it was 98 degrees. Very hot day in Los Angeles. The rug market has been very slow. We hang a 5' x 8' rug outside of our store every day and put it on sale for $69. We change the rug everyday if it is not sold so when we say "Today Only", our customers do not lose their trusts on us.
You want to save money and do not professionally deep clean your rug and put it in a plastic trash bag and leave in the basement or garage. Moths will have a party at your expense and invite their friends and family members over and celebrate. Look what happens to your hand made beautiful rug after one year.
Moth loves wool (read protein)and feed from it. Moth does not like cotton (read cellulose). The larvae is inside the pile of rugs and as soon as situation permits (darkness and humidity), they grow and infest the pile which is wool. They bite the knots and eat the wool.
I am a member of BNI Money Makers chapter in Los Angeles. BNI stands for Business Network International. This networking organization works based on referrals. BNI was founded in 1985 by Dr. Ivan R. Misner. It is founded on the philosophy that "Givers Gain". It brings together small business professionals in an environment structured to encourage the building of relationships and the exchange of referrals.
We have 34 members in our chapter and meet every Thursday from 8:00 to 9:30 am in the Rancho Park Golf Course restaurant. We do networking and get to know each other. Then we refer business to our chapter members. There is only one member from each profession. This prevents unfair competition and any kind of conflict of interest between our members.
We picked up a very old hand knotted Hamedan rug for cleaning and repair. This rug was severely damaged. We saved it and did the repair. We re-did the selvages on the sides and secured the fringes on the ends.
In my earlier post, I mentioned a tapestry which was cleaned by a group of wall to wall carpet cleaners. We cleaned and restored this tapestry as much as we could. When a tapestry with cotton foundation and wool face has shrinking problem, there is so much we can do. I am posting few pictures of this tapestry after we worked on it.
A customer brought in a beautiful tapestry which was poorly cleaned by wall to wall carpet cleaners. It had tens of wrinkles and it had shrunk because of using harsh chemicals. No disrespect, but wall to wall carpet cleaners do not know the fiber and construction of rugs and tapestries. They maybe familiar with the fiber of carpeting which is nylon or olefin. They should not use the same type of chemicals on wool and cotton. Cleaning hand made Oriental/Persian rugs is a totally different specialty.
We picked up a moth damaged rug from a public storage. This is what happens if we store our rugs in a dark and humid place without having it professionally deep cleaned and wrapped in acid free paper. This is a hand knotted rug with cotton foundation and good quality wool pile. We deep cleaned this rug to make sure that the moth, eggs and larvae are out of the rug.
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.