Aziz Atiyeh emigrated to America from Amar El-Husn, Ottoman Syria in 1897 at the age of 17. To finance his trip and provide him with enough capital to start a business, his family sold a substantial herd of Arabian horses. Initially, Aziz worked in Pennsylvania as a supplier, buying Oriental rugs and linens from New York importers and reselling them to peddlers. By 1900, Aziz decided to move West and came to Portland because it was said to be home to many former Northeasterners with a “taste for fine rugs.”
A. Atiyeh opened its doors for business in downtown Portland on Washington Street in 1900, and Aziz soon found the market he had anticipated. Two years later, he sent for his younger brother George and the business became A. Atiyeh & Bro. (picture above). Their display of Persian rugs won a Gold Medal at the City’s Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905. At the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in 1909, Atiyeh’s won another triumph, a Grand Prize over the competitors. They were also awarded the Grand Prize for the finest exhibit of Oriental rugs at the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco and the Panama-California Exposition in 1916. These awards are on display in the current Showroom.
While George remained with the store in Portland, Aziz moved to New York City in the 1920’s to establish a wholesale rug importing operation, traveling to Kerman, Persia (now Iran) to set-up their own looms for weaving rugs. The Atiyeh rugs produced there, called Kerman deLuxe, are considered the finest made.
The Atiyeh Story
Our well-trained team of employees has accumulated over 500 hundred years of floor covering knowledge and expertise.
At Atiyeh Bros., we are passionate about providing you with the service you deserve. We value both your business and the opportunity to build a solid relationship. The Atiyeh Bros. team is proud and qualified to be your advisor in all your rug and carpeting choices. With advice given in your home or office and with accurate no-obligation estimates, we will work together to demonstrate our capability to bring you beautiful, quality floor coverings. Atiyeh Bros. will ensure that they stay that way through our expert cleaning and repair centers.You can count on us to be up-to-date with the latest industry technology. Our professional installers are top notch as confirmed by industry certifications, and our products and cleaning techniques are of the highest standard and in accordance with all manufacturer’s warrantees and specifications. Atiyeh Bros. employees are licensed and bonded with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (#3590) and the State of Washington Dept. of Labor and Industries (Construction Contractor Registration #ATIYEBI066CD). We routinely sponsor regional training sessions and send our staff around the country to have the opportunity to obtain certifications.
Our industry certifications include:
Certified Rug Appraiser by the Oriental Rug Retailers of America & USPAP
Certified Wool Care Specialist by Wools of New Zealand
Certified Firm and Certified Cleaning Technicians by the cleantrust (IICRC)
Elite Showroom Partner of the Wools of New Zealand
Karastan Gallery of Design Dealer
Association of Rug Care Specialists Certified
World Floor Covering Association
As a founding company of Portland and Oregon, we strive to be a responsible corporate citizen with our community involvement. Corporate giving and volunteerism are core values at Atiyeh Bros. We stay involved through active participation at the highest levels in the following organizations:
The Salvation Army
Oregon Humane Society
United Way of Portland
Rotary International – Portland and Eugene Chapters
Portland Rose Festival Foundation
The Royal Rosarians
Kiwanis Club of Portland
The Oregon Club of Portland
Oregon State Government
Our committed knowledgeable people make the difference and we’d like to extend a warm welcome to visit us at any of our facilities.