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Mousaian Oriental Rugs, the area’s oldest store for sales and service of handmade Oriental rugs and a family business spanning four generations, announces its relocation to The Shops of Oakwood. They are currently located at 1918 Brown Street and will move to 2419 Far Hills Avenue in the Shops of Oakwood, next to William Rife Jewelers, on August 1, 2011.
Mousaian Oriental Rugs was established in 1922 as a small specialty business and has grown steadily for almost 90 years. This move marks the fourth location for the family-owned business. In 1987 the business relocated from Victoria Avenue in Dayton View to the Oregon District. In 1999, it moved to its current location on Brown Street, near the University of Dayton campus.
The history of Mousaian Oriental Rugs can be traced through its various moves. The original location in northwest Dayton marked the era of Joseph and Helen Mousaian, who assumed the business from founder Simon Kirkjian (Joe’s uncle), when the business was located behind the family home. In 1986 the business was passed on to daughter Susanne (Mousaian) Weaver and her husband, Paul. They moved to the Oregon District, and later to Brown Street, dramatically expanding its retail operations. With its large showroom and Brown Street presence, the business continued to grow for the past 13 years. In 2008, the next generation of the business was signaled with the addition of the Weaver’s daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weaver, who developed its distinctive website and e-communication strategies. The Shops of Oakwood is an ideal location for this modern, yet nearly century-old business. The quaint hometown location on Far Hills Avenue is as rich in tradition as the business itself.
According to Susie Weaver, “Mousaian Oriental Rugs and the Weaver family are extremely excited to take this next step in the business’ long history as we approach our centennial. We look forward to celebrating a century serving the Miami Valley as Dayton’s oldest Oriental rug retailer.”