JAMES CITY-After 50 years in business, Shaia Oriental Rugs is on the move.
The business relocated from Jamestown Road to a larger, more accessible space on Foundation Street in New Town at the end of April just a head of its golden anniversary celebration events the first weekend in May.
“We had a grand opening party and anniversary celebration with some of our best customers and others that have been important to us over the years,” said owner Frank Shaia. “It was a great time.”
Frank Shaia’s brother, Joseph Shaia, first started the business in January 1973 in Merchants Square in downtown Williamsburg. Frank Shaia joined him to help run the business a year later and has been at the helm as sole owner of the Williamsburg location since 1978. Through the years, Shaia Oriental Rugs has had other shops, locally in Virginia Beach, as well as in Nashville, TN, and in Dallas and Houston in Texas. Frank Shaia also travels to antique shows across the nation as part of the business.
Shaia Oriental Rugs specializes in the sales, cleaning, repair, and appraisal of new and antique rugs from around the world.
“Currently, our best rugs come from Afghanistan,” he said. “The greatest rugs are produced by the greatest overseers. Who produces the rug has so much to do with it. People ask me all the time what I look for when I am buying a rug. My answer is ‘pretty, pretty, harmony, pretty, and the final thing is condition.’ Our motto is art on the floor, rugs as art.”
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