In 1963, I started in the carpet business, then in charge to buy commercial carpets for the wholesale trade. Soon I realized that my favourites were the Tribal pieces and old Kilims. In the mid sixties, I started to travel to Anatolia, Iran and Afghanistan. The latter was my best loved country. Wild but wonderful people, fascinating nature and old Beloudj- and Torkaman carpets in great numbers made these trips a highlight of each journey to the East. All these decades, I have seen political hardship, revolutions, wars, riots and economical problems, but nothing could stop me from travelling to these countries. Meanwhile, my major source that has maintained its vital importance is IRAN. As a result of my close relationship to experienced dealerfriends throughout IRAN (Mr. Ahmad Zamani,
Ali Shahi and Aki Abbassi), I am in a relatively comfortable situation, since without these knowledgeable dealers based in Iran, no trader interested in old carpets can find anything rare and attractive. My love to Iran brought me to speak and write Farsi and also develop respect to Iranian traditions and hospitality. Hopefully our team will be able to continue to work still a longer time, provided we can find the carpets we want to carry.