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Welcome to Surrey's award-winning The Oriental Rug Gallery Ltd, a solely independent company of Rug Specialists, Rug Dealers and Master Rug Craftsmen, established in Wey Hill, Haslemere. ::::: Step into a World of Wonderful Weavings at The Oriental Rug Gallery Ltd and explore treasure-trove collections of fine quality, hand-woven weavings sourced along the Silk Road. Choose from hundreds of rugs, Oriental Carpets, kilims, tapestries and cushions in stock, where our latest fabulous array of decorative and stylish weavings, specifically designed to give your interior that added WOW! factor, have just arrived! We also undertake a full range of expert rug and tapestry repairs, restoration and bespoke alteration services, professional deep-wash cleaning using our specially-devised RugRescue system, and stain and corrective treatment works and services for all types of damaged, stained or dust-worn rugs, carpets, kilims and tapestries. We also provide insurance-approved Written Valuations, a specially-devised Rug and Tapestry Wall Hanging Technique and professional Anti-slip Rug Underlay Services. All works and services are undertaken in our Gallery's custom-built Repairs, Restoration and Cleaning Studios - all under one roof! So contact us today! :::::
RUG FAMILY LINEAGE
Four generations of Master Rug Craftsmen a

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FOUR GENERATIONS OF MASTER RUG CRAFTSMEN EXPERTISE!
WEAVING THE FOUNDATIONS OF HERITAGE

Originally founded by Anas' great-grandfather Mehdi Nahawendi (his father's maternal grandfather), the family established the Ajami Oriental Rug Gallery – the first-ever hand-woven Oriental Rug and Carpet Gallery in Hamadiah Bazaar – originally built by the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II, in the ancient city of Damascus, in 1910.

As a young man, having been encouraged to apprentice by his father – a Merchant trader along the Silk Road during the Ottoman Empire – and through Letters of Introduction, Mehdi travelled to Iran to begin the traditional eight-year rug apprenticeship.

As a rug apprentice, Mehdi was set to learning the complex skills and expertise involved in dealing, trading, weaving, cleaning and restoring Oriental Rugs & Carpets and Antique Rugs by renowned Masters in the rug and carpet field. After studying in Iran, Mehdi's Rug Craftsman apprenticeship continued in Turkey and then in, what is known today as, Baluchstan and Turkmenistan.

Mehdi went on to become a Master Rug Craftsman, blending and honing his skills and expertise with his family's invaluable merchant trading links, with tribal rug-weaving families across the Central Asian plateau. Over time, Mehdi's reputation as a Rug and Oriental Carpet Specialist, Rug Dealer and Master Rug Craftsman 'par excellence' grew, and the Ajami Oriental Rug Gallery family business flourished.

 
GENERATIONS OF RUG SKILLS & EXPERTISE

Mehdi's passionate enthusiasm, success and rug expertise encouraged his three sons (including Anas's Great Uncle Kasim) and his four daughters to follow in his footsteps. All of whom became excellent Rug Specialists, Rug Dealers, and Master Rug Restorers and Rug Cleaners in their own right.

This new generation of skilled Rug Specialist men and women saw the family's Oriental Rug and Carpet legacy spread worldwide, as their families in turn, travelled and settled in the US, Denmark, Lebanon, France and the UK. Mehdi also initially taught other willing apprentices, whose later generations became the senior oriental rug dealers that you see in Damascus today.

Like his Grandfather Mehdi and his Uncle Kasim before him, Anas' father Suhil also choose to follow his passion for hand-woven rugs and carpets and complete the traditional eight-year Master Rug Craftsmen apprenticeship. He intially began his apprenticeship foundation with his Uncle Kasim at the family's Rug Gallery, with its Restoration and Cleaning workshops, before travelling on to continue his specialist rug studies under the tutorlidge of Masters of the Rug Craft across Central Asia.

As well as being a highly respected Rug and Carpet Specialist, Rug Dealer and Master Craftsman, Suhil is also the former Director of the Ajami Rug Gallery – now officially retired, and was previously a long-standing Middle East Chamber of Business & Commerce Merchant Member. Notwithstanding, he continues to share his knowledge and years of experience in the hand-woven rug and Oriental carpet field, with those eager to learn Rug Lore, from a long established and upstanding Master of the Rug Craft.



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