On each trip to Afghanistan, at every base, consulate or embassy we visited, Alex and I would meet with soldiers, diplomats and their staff to teach them about the host country’s rugs. We had a lot of fun doing this and I think we really helped the men and women we met feel more confident about the carpets they were seeing in the bazaars. Our names became somewhat known and the people we met passed our names around. Not that we were ‘rockstars’, but when we got to a new post, we could pack a room full of inquiring minds. After all, there’s not much, other than rugs, to bring home from Afghanistan that would remind your few good times ‘in country’.
I have been in the rug business for 46 years now. I believe that rug weaving is an art, and I am committed to doing what I can to preserve the life and integrity of the industry. That’s why I’m pleased and honored to have been accepted to serve on the Board of Directors for the Oriental Rug Retailers of America.