From all of us here at Persian Gallery New York , we would like to wish our clients, colleagues, family, and friends all a Merry Christmas, a belated Happy Chanukah, and a Happy New Year! Seasons greetings from our families to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy and safe Year End Winter Holiday season, safe travels, and a coronavirus free holiday!
The year 2020 was definitely a memorable one, and despite the difficulties and challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, we thank you all for making this year one we will never forget.
For those who are interested in our annual Year End Winter Holiday sales, you can visit our online shops on such popular websites as 1stDibs, Chairish, Etsy, and eBay, as well as our own PGNY Outlet. Items are available with free domestic shipping and amazing discounts through the end of the year. In-store or curbside pickup options are available for last minute holiday shoppers. Special pricing is also available to trade members. Visit our Buy It Now page to browse some of our most exciting sale offerings.
Happy winter holidays to you all, and we looking forward to helping you find the perfect antique rugs and tapestries for your decorating needs throughout the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weekends! We look forward to seeing you all in 2021!
From all of us here at the Persian Gallery New York team, we would like to wish our clients, colleagues, family, and friends all a Happy Thanksgiving holiday weekend! Whether you are staying home or are visiting family this holiday, we hope you are all healthy and safe, and observing COVID-19 safety guidelines.
The PGNY.com staff is thankful for so many things this holiday season, including our collective health, peace, safety, and togetherness, and our wonderful clients, colleagues and friends who have helped to make this year such a memorable one, despite the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic.
For those who are interested in our annual Black Friday sales, you can visit our online shops on such popular websites as 1stDibs, Chairish, Etsy, and eBay, as well as our own PGNY Outlet. Items are available with free domestic shipping and amazing discounts throughout this Black Friday weekend. Special pricing is also available to trade members. Visit our Buy It Now page to browse some of our most exciting sale offerings.
PGNY will be presenting our anniversary party online via Facebook Live, and will give viewers a brief history of our 49 years in business, a discussion with our staff and select colleagues, a glimpse into our midtown Manhattan showroom, a peek at several exciting product reveals for the Fall season, and a special 49th anniversary toast!
From all of us here at Persian Gallery New York, including the extended Hakim family and our staff, we would like to wish you all a Happy Easter, a Happy Passover (Chag Sameach!), a Happy Nowruz (Eideh Nowruz Mobarak!), and a very happy Spring Holiday season to all!
This year’s Spring Holidays have had a much different feel to them than those of previous years, in that the main thoughts in everyone’s minds has been about the global pandemic from the COVID-19 Corona Virus outbreak, as opposed to the global celebration of the start of the Spring season, and its observance across different religions, nationalities, and cultural and ethnic groups.
We here at Persian Gallery have also been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, as we operate our business out of our office and showroom in Midtown Manhattan, and Manhattan and the entire New York metro area have been on lock down for the last three weeks as a result of the pandemic.
As such, for the last three weeks, our office and showroom have been closed, and we have been working from home, with reduced staff and ability to connect with our colleagues and clientele.
This closure has coincided with the holiday celebrations for Easter and Passover that would normally cause us to take days off in other years, but in that case has been an unexpected closure of three weeks and counting, with no definite end point in sight.
Despite our prolonged “out of office” situation, we are still sending out shipments for our clients periodically, and our annual Easter and Passover Sale is in full swing across all of our online sales platforms, from our online stores on 1stdibs, Chairish, Etsy, eBay, and Invaluable, to our very own PGNY Outlet right here on PGNY.com.
Happy Spring Holidays to you all, and we wish you and yours health and safety in this difficult time. We hope to see you again soon, and look forward to the day when the COVID-19 crisis is nothing but a distant memory. Blessings from our homes to yours!
It’s Friday, February 14th, and it’s Valentine’s Day! Millions of people across the United States and throughout the world will be spending a small fortune on Valentine’s Day chocolates, candies, flowers, and dinners to express their affection to their one true love.
But what if you what if you only love the person from afar, and they don’t necessarily love you back??
That was the problem faced by a handsome young man named Paris eons ago. He fell in love. He fell in love, hard. And with a real beauty. Not just any beauty. The most beautiful woman in the world. Literally! Paris fell in love with Helen of Troy, who was renowned for being the Most Beautiful Woman In the World at that time. Problem was, she wasn’t a resident of Troy, where Paris was the Prince, and the most eligible bachelor in the land.
Helen belonged to a rival country, Sparta. Beyond that, she wasn’t exactly single and ready to mingle. She was married. And married to not just anyone. She was married to the King of Sparta, the fearsome Menelaus.
So what’s a love-struck young Prince Paris supposed to do? Just forget about Helen and pick one of the other beautiful ladies from Troy, instead? Start his own version of The Bachelor? No! Not if the Greek Gods had anything to say about it!
Paris brought his complaint to Zeus, the King of the Greek Gods. Zeus, being the crafty King of Gods that he was, made Paris a deal. You help me, and I’ll help you. You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.
You see, Zeus had his own pre-Valentine’s Day problems to deal with. His three best gals, Hera (Zeus‘ sometimes wife, and Queen of the Gods), Athena (Zeus’ warrior daughter from another Greek Goddess baby-mama), and Aphrodite (Zeus‘ sometimes flame, and the Greek Goddess of Love), were all giving Zeus the business, asking him to choose which one of them is the Most Beautiful Greek Goddess! Even Zeus, the King of the Greek Gods, knows better to choose between his wife, his daughter, and his mistress!
So Zeus made a deal with Paris. You choose between the three Greek Goddesses and decide which of them is the most beautiful. Give the one that you choose this golden apple. When you choose, I’ll reward you with something really great, anything you want!
Aphrodite, not wanting to lose the beauty contest and tarnish her reputation as the Goddess of Love, takes things a step further. She tells Paris that if she chooses her, she’ll make sure he gets the one reward he truly wants. She’ll make sure Zeus, who wasn’t exactly famous for honoring his word, would give Paris the one woman he truly wanted, Helen of Sparta, turning her into Helen of Troy!
Paris wastes no time, and gives Aphrodite the golden apple. Aphrodite rejoices! Zeus is off the hook! Now, Paris wants Helen! Only problem is, the Greek Gods and Goddesses are always a bit crafty and mischievous in the way they interact with humans, so Aphrodite tells Paris that Helen is his, as long as he can get himself into Troy and steal her away from King Menelaus. As in Trojan Horse. As in Trojan War. And the rest is history!
And that history is depicted in this magnificent antique tapestry from Persian Gallery New York depicting the climactic moment in which Paris is about to decide which goddess gets the golden apple. To view the piece in full, and to browse other amazing antique tapestries on our website, click through the link below!
On January 7, 2020, Farokh Hakim of Persian Gallery Company passed away. One of the founders of Persian Gallery, along with his brothers, Ike and Sam Hakim, Farokh, or “Frank”, was a veteran of the oriental rug trade for over forty years.
Born in Iran in 1934, Farokh spent his early years in Tehran, before spending two and a half years in the nascent IDF during a stint in Israel in the early 1950s. He returned to Iran after that, and joined his father, Soleiman Hakim, in the oriental rug business. The rug trade took him all around Iran, from Tehran to Mashad to Shiraz, and then later, to Europe, with stops in England, Switzerland, and beyond.
After several years of traveling Iran and Europe and learning the ins and outs of the rug trade, Farokh started his own family in Iran, marrying his wife Effat in 1964. They had their first daughter, Nancy shortly thereafter while still in Tehran, before traveling to Israel in 1969 and having their second daughter, Natalie. Farokh and the family returned briefly to Iran, where his wife and daughters stayed. Farokh ventured off to the United States to be reunited with his brothers, Ike and Sam, who had gone to the U.S. prior to that to pursue their college educations.
Once in the United States, Farokh, Ike and Sam agreed to carry on their father’s oriental rug business in New York. They created Persian Gallery Company in 1971, and started as a retail operation on Third Avenue. Over the next several years, the business underwent many changes, with the three brothers switching from retail to wholesale, and with the youngest brother, Sam ultimately leaving to start his own venture, Hakim Oriental Rugs.
Farokh and Ike continued with Persian Gallery, and followed the movements of the oriental rug trade around Midtown Manhattan, from Midtown on 28th Street and Fifth Avenue, to the West Side in the Potamkin Building, and later back to the East Side on 30th Street and Madison Avenue, and finally at their current location a couple of blocks away on 31st Street between Madison and Park Avenues.
Farokh’s nuclear and extended families from Iran and Israel rejoined the brothers in New York, after which Farokh and Effat had their third child, their son Rodney. The family and the business both grew throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and the extended Hakim clan were among the first members of their Persian Jewish Community to relocate from Queens to Long Island, setting down roots in and around Great Neck, New York.
Farokh continued to contribute his time and energy to expanding operations at Persian Gallery over the next two decades, crisscrossing the Northeastern U.S. in pursuit of the best carpets he could find. He was renowned throughout the rug industry for his good taste in rugs, his negotiating skills, his kindness, and for his penchant of walking around town with giant 200 pound rugs slung over his shoulder.
After his three children were all married, and Farokh and Ike’s sons, Rodney and Robert, were both added to the Persian Gallery team, Farokh retired from the rug trade in 2009. In the ensuing years, he battled Parkinson’s and other diseases, and after many years, finally succumbed to his ailments.
Farokh Hakim is survived by his wife, Effat Hakim, by his daughter, Nancy Dilamani and her husband Alfred, and by their children Steven (and wife and children) and Michael (and fiancee) Dilamani and families; by his daughter Natalie Hakimian and her husband Edmond, and by their children David and Daniel Hakimian (and wife Shannon); by his son Rodney Hakim and his wife Dorit and family; by his brother, Ike Hakim; by his sister Mehri Hakim; and by his late brother Sam Hakim’s wife Debora Hakim and children.
He will be missed by his family, the Persian Gallery team, rug industry peers, friends, family, and the by extended community.
From all of us here at Persian Gallery New York, we would like to wish our clients, colleagues, friends and family very happy Winter holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! We wish you safe travels in this Christmas and New Year’s holiday break, and blessings and peace to you and your families.
We thank you all for your business and friendship over the course of the past year, and with 2019 coming to a close, we look forward to an even bigger and better year in 2020.
Our Buy It Now page is a compendium of hundreds of pillows, rugs, and tapestries which are on sale across a number of popular online marketplaces, including 1stdibs, Chairish, Etsy, eBay, and Invaluable. View the full collection of these items via our Buy It Now page on our site, and then follow the links for each individual item to its online purchase page via the selected platform that it appears on. Alternately, visit the PGNY shops on each of those online marketplaces to see which items are for sale in those locations. All marketplace items are available with free shipping in the Continental United States!
The PGNY Outlet is an online marketplace within our own website in which dozens of our vintage and antique rugs are available for sale at heavily discounted prices. Items on our Outlet page can be added to shopping cart right here on our own site, with instant checkout available, and payment processing powered by PayPal. Again, all Outlet items are available with free shipping in the Continental United States!
Whichever of our online marketplaces you shop in, we look forward to helping you find the perfect vintage and antique floor coverings and wall hangings for your interior decorating needs. For questions or assistance with your orders, your inquiries, and any other special requirements, contact us directly by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (212) 683-2699. We will be happy to assist you! Happy holidays, and happy new year!