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Oscar Isberian Rugs Celebrates 100 Years in Business

The third-generation family business with three Chicagoland locations, turned 100 years old in January

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Oscar and Sarkis Tatosian celebrate the 100th anniversary of their third-generation family rug and carpet business. 
CHICAGO -- Oscar Isberian Rugs, the third-generation family business with three Chicagoland locations, turned 100 years old in January.

To celebrate this landmark anniversary in Chicago, the Tatosian family - curators, collectors and purveyors of fine new and antique rugs and broadloom carpet - will roll out a grand celebration across the next 12 months, which will include special designer events; unique anniversary savings coupons; $100 off on rug cleaning; a much-anticipated hardcover 2020 catalog and much more. 

"Our grandfather, Oscar Isberian, would be so proud of how we've built the company he founded in 1920, especially in light of how the area rug industry and retail business at large have changed so drastically in the last 25 years," said Sarkis Tatosian, co-owner along with his brother Oscar. 

Oscar Isberian, founder of the eponymous Chicago-based retail rug company, in his car holding an Oriental rug.

As the legendary story goes, it all started with eight rugs and a wheeled cart.  That's when Oscar Isberian, a young man from Wilmette, Illinois, co-founded Oscar Isberian Rugs with his brother Megerditch. The brothers traveled the world, discovering towns and villages where rug weaving was a way of life, and carpets were a family's most prized possession. The brothers brought back the best of what they found to sell in a shop that grew into Chicagoland's premier Oriental rug retailer, Oscar Isberian Rugs.

Today, the third generation of brothers, Oscar and Sarkis Tatosian, run the business for the family, which includes their two sisters, cousins, their mother and a growing staff of more than 40.

"We could be on a Smuckers' jelly jar," joked Sarkis Tatosian, in a nod to The Today Show's endearing segment that celebrates centenarians' 100th birthdays with their photos adorning jam jars.

The original Oscar Isberian Rugs store above, and the expanded store below.

Oscar Isberian Rugs always has been about building lasting relationships and, of course, helping to make homes extraordinary. The three showrooms in Chicago, Evanston and Highland Park, Illinois house more than 10,000 new and antique rugs and the finest selection of high-end broadloom carpeting.   

"After three generations, this 100th Anniversary is one for the record books. It's a reason to celebrate as we remember my grandfather, Oscar Isberian, all of the staff, that we also consider family, and all of our business partners around the globe. To our customers, we thank you for your continued trust. We love searching the world for rugs that bring style to your homes and joy to your families. We are proud and grateful," Sarkis Tatosian said.

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