What our customers say about us
In the Acknowledgements section Parsons thanks Shir Khosrow Paiwand
“whose superb collection of old Beluch rugs he so generously placed at my disposal.” These additional carpets have apparently been provided by Mr. Paiwand. Dinie Gootjes now reports on Turkotek that Mr. Paiwand and his younger brother have, as so many Afghans, moved in the meantime to Canada where they maintained their carpet business in Ontario. On December 5, 2009, they opened their new carpet shop in Mississauga in the Greater Toronto Area where they displayed a dozen of the rugs illustrated in Parsons’ book. According to Dinie Gootjes, the pieces have not been shown to the public since the 1980s
"On a recent trip to Canada, we were pleased to visit Shir Paiwand, one of our rug dealer friends from Afghanistan, who has recently opened a rug shop in Toronto. In Kabul he stressed condition in his inventory of old rugs and this is still true of his current inventory. It has been s time since we have been in a rug shop in the United States or Canada with as extensive an inventory of new and old Baluch and Turkoman rugs, and it was a pleasant experience. We saw some roomsize Turkoman and Baluch pieces of a quality; condition, and age that we have not seen for years. Certainly recent shipments from Afghanistan that we have seen had little to compare with these. "