Firstly, tell us how you came to start up Abee Rugs.
Before this, I was selling rugs in Kuala Lumpur with my cousin under a different brand. After 25 years in the business and having a deep passion for rugs, I wanted to establish my own brand and also have something that I can be proud of. So I started Abee Rugs – named after my wife – on the first day of 2012.
What is ‘in’ right now in terms of carpet trends?
In recent years, the trend is leaning towards a more sophisticated look with muted tones. The washing of the carpet is not as bright as what we are accustomed to see on Persian rugs. You need to take a closer look to make out the patterns. These rugs ‘settle’ nicely on the floor and highlight the furniture. I am constantly studying the trends by working closely with interior designers and reading design magazines to make sure Abee Rugs have the most appealing and attractive selection of Persian rugs.
People tend to think Persian carpets are one-dimensional in their looks. What do you have to say about that?
That is not true at all and it is a misconception I am trying to change. There is a perfect Persian rug for any space and occasion. No matter the style or theme, be it Oriental, posh or Scandinavian chic, I am confident that I am able to recommend a carpet that will complement the overall look of a space.
Share with us what you enjoy most about being in this business.
When customers say good things about me and my company, it is a feeling I cannot put into words. This is my passion. I love carpets and I love marketing. The more involved I am, the happier I become. I believe when you are 100% focused on what you are doing, others will follow. There may be people copying our style but I am not concerned. I know I am on the right track and I will not be relinquishing the title of ‘Carpet King’ anytime soon.