You wouldn’t think talking about pile fiber content, knot density, hand-spun silk, and Tibetan wool would put a sparkle in a guy’s eye, but for Barry Amiri, the proud owner of Antique Rug Company and The Rug Affair, it’s the only thing that does.
Barry has dedicated his life to learning everything there is to know about the artistry, craftsmanship and business of bringing the best in rugs to discernible customers. For nearly 30 years Barry Amiri has built a thriving business doing what he loves most — importing and selling the highest quality hand-made rugs and cultivating long-lasting relationships with the customers he serves.
His customers might say a keen eye and artist’s hands are the reasons for his ability to spot treasures from trash with one touch, but this expert earned his reputation as a trusted consultant through education and hard work. Barry is one of only seven senior rug appraisers in the US certified and accredited by the American Society of Appraisers.
With an unstoppable passion for life and his life’s work, Barry Amiri continues to further his expertise beyond the technical by keeping current on all the leading contemporary rug designers and manufacturers. In 2005, The Rug Affair & Antique Rug Company expanded their Los Angeles rug showroom to include several new collections showcasing the latest trends in rug design. The new lines included a major collection of Tibetan rugs in designer rug patterns, modern and contemporary rugs and fresh transitional designs.
Barry and his charming wife, Dina who helps run their L.A. showroom on La Cienega Blvd., have long been respected by consumers and top designers for their ability to source the very best in antique and decorative rugs with the highest level of personal service. The company’s rare antique Persian and Oriental rugs, specialty rug offerings and premium rug services set them apart from other showrooms in the community. Both showrooms are highly regarded sources for superbly crafted traditional and contemporary rug designs at affordable prices.
“Our core policy has always been to select rugs for their look, style and artistry-insisting on quality materials and craftsmanship throughout”, says Barry Amiri. “Rugs are fine art for flooring and should bring something special to each environment,” adds Barry. “I want to give my customers the same level of quality and beauty that I’d want for my own home.