I joined the carpet biz in 1999 as the 4th generation of the family to do so. We’ve been at it since 1911, since when the family has expanded from the original home base of Isfahan in Qajar Persia all across the Middle East and beyond. Beirut became the nexus but the outlook was always international. And so it continues. We established wholesale and retail outlets in Zurich, Jeddah, Riyadh, and were regulars in both London and Cairo and various places in between. All the while buying and selling high quality rugs of all sorts. The journey is outlined on my main website https://www.hadimaktabi.com/journey which presents the principal focus of my day to day work.

What you see on these pages is a summary of the last 100 years through knots and threads. Hundreds--indeed thousands—of exquisite carpets bought and carefully selected by us from all across Asia and that lived in our retail galleries and warehouses. Some of the newer ones were acquired by me in the early years of my career before I became a full time antique rug dude. The majority, however, were bought by my father and grandfather in the period between 1930 and 1990. They are living traces to a forgotten world, one that has disappeared but whose colors and textures remain.While not rare or old as antique artworks, these carpets retain a distinctive charm and aesthetic appeal that set them out from the commercial fare you may see today. Think of it this way: some of the countries where they were produced don't exist any more and weaving in the others stopped 20 or 30 years ago. Such types are no longer available in the market.

Some of these carpets were in our various stores in Beirut. Others came from the galleries in Saudi or the warehouses in Zurich, Cairo and London. Some are recent enough to be called new and others virtually antique; yet in a way most of them may be called vintage. They are in new condition but were made sometime in the middle of the last century. The last steps of an artistic tradition thousands of years old in Turkey, the Caucasus, Persia, Central Asia and beyond

The best thing? Most of them are seriously on heavy sale. I want to focus exclusively on my antique rug trade and academic career so have decided to offer this big family collection of younger carpets at dramatically reduced prices. Please browse the pages and get in touch if you have any questions. I hope you find something you like. The process is easy and fluid. If you know what you’re looking for then the carpet of your dreams will be with you this time next week. Until then, #rugnroll!