Meet Our Staff of Antique Rug Experts
Antique Rug Experts – At the Nazmiyal Collection, we believe that we have assembled one of the best teams of antique rug experts in the business. Our team of antique rug experts and antique rug specialists is made up of some of the leading authorities in the field. With decades of personal experience in the antique Oriental rug world, our experts are intimately familiar with the full range of antique rug styles, as well as vintage and mid-century styles.
Whether you are interested in classically designed antique Persian rugs and carpets or mid-century Scandinavian kilims, our rug experts are here and ready to answer any questions that you might have. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with us with any inquiry that you have, whether you are considering purchasing an antique carpet in general, or if you have a specific question about a particular product. The process of choosing an antique carpet might seem intimidating, but our experts are here to assist you every step of the way. At the Nazmiyal Collection, we take an education-oriented approach to the world of antique rugs and carpets. Take advantage of our resources, and let us make your carpet purchasing experience as pleasurable as possible.
“I have been in the business of buying and selling antique rugs for over thirty years (since 1980). Antique rugs and carpets are my passion and my tastes are quite eclectic. My taste varies based on the merits of each individual rug – ranging from early, classical pieces to Art Deco and Modernist rugs. What matters to me primarily is the beauty and quality of a piece. I buy with my eye and with my heart. Living in New York, the Mecca of the rug world, and traveling extensively, I have the opportunity to search constantly for the best pieces that are available. My wide experience and contacts in the rug world enable me to buy competitively, to acquire quality pieces for the best value, and to pass this value along to our customers. My goal at Nazmiyal is to give our clients the finest rugs with greatest range of choices at the best value.”
Contact: Jason Nazmiyal
General Manager & Antique Rug Expert
“As general manager of the Nazmiyal Collection, since 2001, I have been striving to make sure that the customer is our primary consideration. However important the rug may be, the customer should always comes first. It is my job to find out what our customers need and to see that those needs are met to the highest professional standards. In achieving this goal, I am doing my best to assure that the greatest attention is paid to the smallest of details. Nothing makes me happier than seeing our clients find the rug that is right for them. Seeing the joy on a clients face is the greatest reward”.
Omri has written for a number of online and print publications and is the current antique carpet and rug expert on a number of online websites that deal with antiques.
Contact: Omri Schwartz
Showroom Manager & Antique Rug Expert
Alen Erfanian was born in Iran, where his father was an established rug dealer. He has been surrounded by fine carpets his entire life – especially antique carpets and Persian rugs. Professionally, Erfanian came into the carpet world from a background in the garment and fashion industry. Erfanian has been living and working in New York since 1989. For more than twenty years, he has worked with Albert Karmely in a variety of capacities, and is a respected figure within the world of antique rugs. In Erfanian’s view, carpets have very much the same properties as textile and fashion design; the reason why people prefer certain pieces all comes down to the the details: “It’s all about color, We all look with an individual eye or taste, and everyone’s taste is different or distinctive. But a trained eye will always recognize what is beautiful and exceptional in a carpet. When a carpet is great, we know immediately.”
Contact: Alen Erfanian
Director of Nazmiyal Rug Auction
Farhad Langaroodi has been in the rug business since 1985, when he worked for Nazmiyal in Morristown and Short Hills, New Jersey, running operations at those stores for over 20 years. During this time he learned all aspects of the rug business, both retail and wholesale, including management and customer service. He grew the business over the years, eventually managing over 30 people. In 2015, Farhad moved to California to work as the regional manager for Stark Carpets. He brought his rug experience and amiable demeanor to the west coast, until his return to New York City to take over the position of Director of E-commerce and auction at Nazmiyal Collection. Customer service is a top priority for Farhad. He is continually focused on providing the most seamless rug buying experience for each and every customer. He works closely with interior designers as well as the general public, using his rug expertise to help them find the best carpet for their space. He is always happy to answer any questions you may have.
Contact: Farhad Langaroodi
Director of Modern and Contemporary Rugs
Working for Nazmiyal felt like the most natural progression of his desire to learn more. Now Aaron has been working with Nazmiyal from over a decade, from his humble beginnings and simple duties to eventually managing and running a retail rug showroom. His curiosities continued evolving, which led to working directly with manufacturers in China, India, Pakistan, and Nepal. After extensive training in program and custom capabilities, he climbed the ladder to become the vice president. Understanding all aspects of the rug sales environment, from wholesale to retail, he is always in tune with market trends and able to treat the customer the way he would want to be treated.
With changing business culture and the growth of e-commerce, Aaron found himself with again another opportunity to return to Nazmiyal as the Director of Modern and Contemporary Rugs. Here, he is best able to apply his extensive education and passion with new modern rugs and bespoke creations.
Contact: Aaron Ward
Director of Marketing
Sarah Trojan moved to New York City after graduating college to work at the Nazmiyal Collection. With a background in Marketing, Computer Information Systems, and Psychology, she manages the company’s social media channels, advertising, and public relations.
Joining the Nazmiyal team was an easy choice for someone who wanted to gain experience in the design and art world. Sarah enjoys developing creative ideas for advertising and social media campaigns, executing them through design, and interacting with the customers across social media platforms.
As the company continues to grow, there are more and more opportunities to implement new and fresh marketing, so she is always having fun keeping up with the latest trends in rugs, carpets, and design.
Contact: Sarah Trojan
Kitty Vargas joined Nazmiyal in 2008 as the bookkeeper for the company. She has plenty of years of experience doing bookkeeping at other companies before her time at Nazmiyal, but she considers Nazmiyal to be her most exciting job yet.
According to Kitty, she never found something that could bring excitement to a job like bookkeeping until she discovered Nazmiyal and beautiful antique rugs. She can’t help but be amazed thinking about how she is surrounded by these beautiful rugs every day when she goes to work.
Contact: Kitty Vargas
Hichem Kelia moved to New York from Lille, France where he studied engineering and then continued on to earn a master’s degree in business. At Nazmiyal, his area of expertise is web development.
He has created and continues to manage the Nazmiyal auctions website, handles SEO, as well as does product photography and editing. Hichem’s passion is to create something (like the website) from scratch and continue to help it grow.
He loves Nazmiyal because the small team setting provides the perfect opportunity for cohesion, teamwork, and skill building, while at the same time providing a challenge to work at the largest antique rugs company in the world.
Contact: Hichem Kelia
Nazmiyal Collection Antique Rugs and Vintage Carpets
About Nazmiyal– Since 1980, Nazmiyal has been the New York antique rug dealer with the most extensive collection of carpets, and the most specialized and user friendly website. We have invested years of effort into making sure our inventory represents the most unique and special rugs of every origin, size, and style, to make it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Our efforts and expertise are well known, which has made Nazmiyal a natural magnet that constantly attracts those looking to sell rugs. Even within the busy New York rug market, Nazmiyal provides a major point of focus for its clients, whether they are interior designers, antique rug dealers, or private retail customers. If you’re in the market for an Oriental carpet, New York is the place to be, and within the city itself, the place to be is Nazmiyal.
Visit Our Manhattan Rug Showroom
Visit Our Rug Showroom — Nazmiyal is recognized as one of the premier New York Oriental and Persian carpet dealers since we opened our doors in 1980. Our Manhattan gallery is home to an extensive catalog of antique and contemporary rugs, encompassing every style, size and era. Nazmiyal’s New York City gallery houses some of most exquisite masterpieces on the market. A collection of this range and quality is based on years of experience and effort in acquiring the preeminent pieces from sources worldwide.
Nazmiyal Antique Rug Gallery NYC
“A superb collection of Antique Oriental Rugs, Vintage Carpets & Antique Persian Rugs”
31 East 32nd Street, Floor #2
New York, NY 10016
+1 (212) 545-8029
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
*Gallery Now Open Saturday – 9:00 – 5:00 pm
Jason Nazmiyal’s Collection
In the antique rug world, the Nazmiyal name / brand is well respected. But as a general consumer, you might not necessarily know anything about Nazmiyal Collection. Therefore, a certain level of trust must be established. Jason Nazmiyal has established the company in 1980, building it from the ground up. Jason understands all too well the value of hard work and over the years he has built a reputation for providing the some of the service, caliber of inventory and value.
From his humble beginnings, Jason had a vision and worked tirelessly to achieve his goal of becoming one the best purveyors of antique rugs and carpets. Since he did not come from a wealthy family, he had to work hard to build his company and inventory. He was able to do this by reinvesting the profits back into the company for decades.
Every piece that sold gave him the ability to buy a better piece. As the caliber and size of his collection grew, so did his following. One by one, designers, collectors, consumers and auction houses became true supporters. A vast majority of the new clients that he attained became lifelong customers and many became close friends.
So what is it about the Jason and the Nazmiyal Collection that has so many people coming back again and again?
For starters, Jason has, by the trade standards, one of the largest and most varied collections of antique carpets. Not only is the inventory large in number, it is also quite significant in its caliber. His ability to appreciate the beauty of all textile art has enabled him to adapt his buying habits to align with the current trends. The fact that his inventory is always up to date has made him a magnet for some of the top peoples in the fields of interior design as well as collectors.
The inventory aside, perhaps due to his humble beginnings, Jason is extremely sensitive to price points. Realizing the hard work that goes into making money, he does whatever he can to ensure that his price points will be lower than any other competitor. His goal is to sell as many good caliber rugs as possible. This constant cash flow is one of the core reasons why he is able to continually search the globe and acquire, on a daily basis, some of the best examples of their kinds.
While the vast majority of the pieces he buys are in very good condition, some are just too beautiful to pass up. The piece he buys that need to be restored is part of his overall philosophy. By restoring a beautiful or rare example, he is in essence breathing new life into it. Painstakingly restoring the rugs, in the most proper way, ensures that that piece will remain in the world and appreciated for years and generations to come. Just the thought of all those pieces that would have been lost forever is enough for those who care about this beautiful art form to support his life’s work and passion.
By becoming a Nazmiyal client, you are not only assured to get a beautiful piece and great value, you are also helping to ensure the survival of countless pieces for current and future generations to enjoy and appreciate.