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Love those " Paki's"

I had the very great good fortune back in 1991 to meet one of the most knowledgeable, not to mention kindest gentleman in this business; Mr. Ernst Einstein one of the founding partners at Einstein Moomjy.


Mr. Einstein (and he will always be Mr. to me!) and his twin brother Ted, were born into the business in Germany. Their father was a rug merchant in Frankfurt. Sensing the Nazi regime will destroy them and their lives, they fled before the war began to France. Ted came to the United States in 1947 to start a business and was followed by Ernst 8 years later. Settling in New Jersey, they met both Albert and Walter Moomjy in 1955 and as they say, the rest was history. I worked in the Paramus Route 17 store headed by Walter Moomjy. Walter is probably still out there somewhere hanging up rugs from a scaffold! He was quite the character, and he just loved any type of rug be it hand knotted or machine made. Albert Moomjy started a rug importing business named MER rugs and mainly imported pieces from China. Ted Einstein loved rugs too, but he also was instrumental in getting these domestic and overseas carpet manufacturers to produce beautifully made wall to wall carpeting for the company. A large inventory of primarily wool carpeting hailed from Belgium, Spain, and England, and for this young woman going on to a retail floor for the first time after years in custom land at Edward Fields, it was quite the eye-opening experience.


Now, to Ernst. I met him when he oversaw the North Plainfield, NJ store on Route 22. Early on in my career I met a wonderful couple who wanted to have a unique and special rug for their family room. They lived in Summit which was close to the Plainfield store. I scheduled a date with Mr. Einstein to see what inventory he might have and it was there that he took this " hand knot rug rookie" by the hand and went over the differences and nuances of rugs from where he felt ( and I agree) were the four predominant countries that were importing rugs for the American consumer; Pakistan, India, China and Turkey. He had a love and passion for the Persians, but sadly because of the embargo of Iranian items, they were difficult and almost impossible to bring in. That is why in the years after 1977, the costs of these treasures had skyrocketed. Mr. Einstein taught me that the Persian rugs are the finest in technique, dyes, and styling and the wool is the absolute finest on the planet. Next, he felt that Pakistan rugs were a close second followed then by China, Turkey and then Indian.

When one hears of the name of my business, The Rug Garden, you may think that I have such a love with floral designed rugs. Like a mother with lots of children, one should not show any favoritism, but I do seem to always gravitate to the geometrics or tribals, although quite a few florals have graced my homes throughout the years.

Picture #1 shows a Pakistani Red Bokara which I first heard was also called " Elephant Feet" in the trade. I can't count how many of these rugs I have sold in my career and in such a myriad of colors; greens, blues, black, rose, and ivory. I love this style because I refer to it as a " bridge" rug. Many times, I have recommended this style for dining rooms and do something bolder in an adjoining room. I have sold it with contemporary, traditional and transitional furnishings.



Next picture shows a Pakistan Kazak design which again is available in a multitude of sizes and color ways. The knotting on them is so fine and they just "pop" in a room.



Last photo is a Pakistani Kashan pattern that is " programmed" for the Western Markets (US and Europe). Since the 1980's Pakistan has certainly ramped up their productions to have so many of their patterns available in " standard" sizes; 3 X 5, 4 X 6, 6 X 9, 8 X 10, 9 X 12 and 12 X 14.



Hope you learned something from this blog and the others that I have on our website, theruggarden.com.


My passion, like Mr. Einstein's, is rugs and certainly reach out to me with any questions you may have.


Until the next time... Spring is on its way!

With regards, Deb

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