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Esmail Navab Safa

Mr. Esmail Navab Safa
one of Iran's most renowned poets and lyricists, and the founding father of Navab Brothers Oriental Rug Company.
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Sam NavabSam Navab studied management in England and United States and has a B.S degree from university of Wisconsin, Stout. Sam left Iran for Cambridge and later Bourenmouth, England in 1974 to study political science. A year later he left England for India to acquaint himself with political thought in the Indian subcontinent and studied in New Delhi for a brief time, but decided that his destiny laid in other pursuits. He arrived in the U.S in 1977 and has lived in Minnesota ever since. In fact neither involvement in business nor (for that matter) oriental rugs has had deep roots in the Navab clan. Sam Navab's initiation in to the rug business was purely accidental; best referred to as "kismet" in the orient, and not an inherited family trait. Sam began his rug career in 1984 as the manager of Taher Oriental Rugs at International Market Square in Minneapolis but later decided to start his own business with his brother Farzan in 1988.


Farzan NavabFarzan Navab came to the U.S in 1976, initially arriving in Chicago to study English Language at Mondoline college and then pursuing fine arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he graduated witha B.F.A in filmmaking. After working at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in the early 1980s, Farzan accepted his brother's offer of joining him in the rug trade in 1986. Farzan has had the "Rug Bug" ever since and has been transformed into a rug enthusiast.

Jimmy Wallace Trio

  Tibetan Monks - Blessing Ceremony
Rugs and jazz coexist peacefully as the
Jimmy Wallace trio plays at the Navab Brothers' annual "Rug Bash".
  Tibetan monks performing a blessing ceremony at Navab Brothers.
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