Leading Ladies 2019

Leading Ladies 2019: Roz Rustigian

Owner, Rustigian Rugs

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RUSTIGIAN RUGS offers a wide selection of hand-woven rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting, from traditional to contemporary and custom, primarily sourced from Near- and Middle East suppliers and allied American importers.

Roz Rustigian developed her work ethic and business acumen at the side of her father “Rusty,” who founded Rustigian Rugs in 1930. Her appreciation of the world’s cultural opportunities and refusal to accept traditional barriers have opened doors to her as a woman that would have been unimaginable in her father’s time and that have anchored her continued success in one of the world’s most male-dominated industries.

After three decades overseeing the growth of Rustigian Rugs and a lifetime immersed in fine carpets, Roz is in high demand as a consultant and bridge builder. Some of her many invitations and honors include:

  • Advisor, Istanbul Carpet Exporters Association, sponsored by the Turkish government

  • Advisor, inaugural USAID-sponsored Rug Fair in Kabul, Afghanistan

  • Two-time President, Oriental Rug Retailers of America

  • 2001 Retailer of the Year, AmericasMart in Atlanta, Georgia

In January 2019, Roz traveled to the international Domotex exhibition in Hanover, Germany where her accomplishments were celebrated at the Carpet Star Retailers of the Year ceremony. One of five honorees worldwide, she was honored with the Exemplary Rug Specialist Shop award, presented by Carpet! magazine. 

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