Atiyeh Bros. History

Tradition and Craftsmanship – Atiyeh Bros. History as Oregon’s rug and carpet experts.

Many of our newer customers are curious about Atiyeh Bros. history. We are a local, family-owned business that started in Portland in 1900 by two brothers, George and Aziz Atiyeh. They moved here from New York when they heard Portland was a good market for finely crafted, handmade Oriental rugs. So you could say, Atiyeh Bros. started Portland’s desire for handcrafted wares over one hundred years ago!

The Atiyeh brothers built a successful business, with a strong focus on customer service. Eventually, Aziz moved back to New York and started a rug wholesale and distribution company. George stayed in Portland to run the store. He and his wife had three sons, Edward, Richard and Victor, who eventually joined the business. Edward and Richard served in the military during World War II, and after returning home, joined their brother Victor in the family business. Post WWII, Atiyeh Bros. expanded their business to include the cleaning and care of the fine rugs they sold by building an innovative cleaning plant in SE Portland.

After many years as a successful businessman, Victor Atiyeh also served 20 years in the Oregon Legislature and was elected Governor of Oregon from 1979 to 1987. During his service he established trading ties with Asia, led Oregon through a severe recession and even cut his own salary to help balance the budget.

Third generation family members David Atiyeh and Tom Marantette led the business from 1987 to 2010, consolidating showrooms in the Portland area into a large, modern facility in Tigard and adding a second cleaning facility in Eugene.

Today, the fourth generation of Atiyeh family members is active running the business. The customer service principles that Atiyeh Bros. was founded on back in 1900 remains today.