I shop locally, primarily, so I go to the Decorative Center Houston and the Houston Design Center. For me, they have everything that I need.
Do you have a favorite source for buying your rugs?
My two favorite places are River Oaks Rugs and Rubin’s Custom Rugs. They both offer wonderful service. They are always professional and helpful.
Do you shop online at all, use catalogs, or deal directly with salesmen?
No, I do not shop online for rugs. My customers and I need to see, touch, and feel the rugs.
Do you have a favorite style or fiber of area rug? If so, why?
I like neutral color nylon shag rugs with interesting textures and also animal pattern rugs. Sometimes my customers have their own rugs, often antique Persians that they have no intention of getting rid of, so I must work around those with the decor.
Do current fashion trends or styles enter your decision of buying rugs for your clients?
Yes fashion of course influences me, as the showrooms I go to have the latest colors and trends with their samples and new items.
Do you have any suggestions as to how the industry can serve designers better?
Essentially designers need local showrooms to have lots of samples and to be kept up to date. That is very important.
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