Sunday, February 10, 2008

Persian Bakhtiar Rugs, Gabbeh Rugs, and Again Area Rugs

We were very busy yesterday from morning to late afternoon. We sold many pieces of area rugs of different sizes. We do not make that much money on area rugs, but it brings us traffic and people notice our rug gallery. My passion is Persian rug, but with this kind of slow market, selling area rugs beside our main line of Persian carpet is a little help financially. A very nice couple who are our customers drove all the way from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. They had a very nice Persian Kashan rug10 x 14 with us for cleaning and selvages repair. They picked up that Kashan Rug. They also needed a 6 x 10 hand knotted Persian rug in bright color. We had three pieces. After comparing the pieces, they could not decide and said they might return tomorrow before they drive back to Las Vegas.

In the afternoon, I had an appointment with a customer in
Beverly Hills. They had three rugs which needed cleaning and some repair. They needed to have a price quotation first to be able to compare our prices with other rug dealers. I told them you can compare our prices with other dealers, but how are you going to compare our service and the quality of our work with other people. After few minutes of negotiation and explanations on how we work and how we take care of the rugs, they were convinced to give us the job. We took one 6 x 9 rug, and should return tomorrow around noon to take the two other pieces.

On our way back around
6:00 pm, we received a call from our store asking for some prices and information on a pair of Armenian Persian Bakhtiar signed rugs we had. A customer was asking few questions. This customer had selected two other super fine Gabbeh Qashqai rugs from our own production which were put in his car. When I got to my store, he was about to leave. We chatted for a few minutes and he left. He has a very cute one year old boy. This little boy had lost his patience and the father had to leave. He took four Persian carpets with him to see if his wife (a wonderful and cheerful lady) likes them.

I got home after 7:00 pm while I was supposed to work until 4:00 pm. A couple of rugs were picked up by two rug dealers who had left them with us for stain removal. It was a busy day.

Khosrow Sobhe

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