I’ve been involved in the rug industry since the early 70’s. As owner of Fine Rugs of Charleston I have traveled numerous times to Afghanistan where many of my hand woven rugs for sale in my showroom are made by weavers in the remote villages. I am an advocate for the villagers who wish to continue this rare rug weaving tradition that passes down from generation to generation. I am most passionate about supporting the women who do most of the weaving and also for preventing child labor.
In my Charleston, SC showroom my staff and I are committed to the Interior Designers of South Carolina and elsewhere by providing the highest quality and most well priced floor fashion for their clients. For wholesale customers, I have two collections of hand knotted wool rugs exclusively for Interior Designers and design showrooms.
Supporting the women of Afghanistan who make the top quality hand-knotted rugs in my showroom is very satisfying, and I have many friends in the Afghan rug villages. Being an advocate for these artisans is also the socially responsible thing to do. These families are usually in a cycle of poverty. The tradition of weaving hand-knotted wool rugs by hand for centuries is passed down from one generation to the next, sometimes for hundreds of years. My frequent travels to the rug making countries are on behalf of my commitment to perpetuate rug making as a profitable income for the men, women and children. In addition to my direct support I am very involved in Arzu Studio Hope.
I am actively involved in the rug trade, on a global scale:
- Incoming President of the Oriental Rug Retailers of America (ORRA)
- Brand Ambassador of Arzu Studio Hope
- Subject Matter Expert at Afghanistan Reconstruction Task Force
- Member of the Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force, US Department of Commerce