When I moved Fine Rugs of Charleston from upper King Street in downtown Charleston to our current location in the upper peninsula, I had a couple of objectives. I wanted to improve the customer shopping experience by offering a spacious, modern showroom and better (and free) parking. I also wanted to invest in what I believed to be an up-and-coming area of Charleston. That’s why I’m excited to announce the arrival of a new neighbor: 1600 Meeting Street.
Last last year, on my way to Afghanistan, I spent a few days in the United Arab Emirates. While I was in the capital city of the UAE, Abu Dhabi, I visited the newly completed Grand Mosque. It is open to the public except on Fridays. I went to see the beautiful building, but I also wanted to have a look at the largest rug ever woven.
A recent front page article in the Charleston Mercury paints a colorful picture of how my colleague Alex Zahir and I are working to help the rug weavers in Afghanistan create a more sustainable economy and why we believe the Sheep to Shop initiative has the power to save the handcrafted rug business.