It's in Our Genes
A Family's Heritage
The Afkari name has been synonymous with antique rugs and carpets for over 100 years. Since his childhood years in Tehran, when he would play on his family’s rugs for hours, endlessly fascinated by the weaves, colors, and patterns, Richard Afkari’s passion for the world of carpets and rugs is reflected in his life’s work and entrepreneurial spirit.
A Local Start
A Global Reputation
Despite a comfortable life surrounded by family and a successful business in Iran, Richard’s curiosity and adventurous spirit brought him to the United States in the early 1980’s. After spending a year understanding the American art rug market, he opened up his first showroom on Madison Avenue.
Ultimately, the showroom was moved to 59th and Third Avenue, opposite the D&D building, where Richard was more accessible to the design community and better able to serve it. A second location was opened in Connecticut. The newest, most spacious showroom at Park Avenue and 29 th Street is the culmination of nearly four decades of recognition and collaboration with the most important names and institutions in the industry.
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