WEBER ORIENTAL RUGS SELLS BUSINESS TO TAMPA BAY DEALER
Weber Oriental Rugs has been sold after 40 years in St. Petersburg, Fla., as former ORRA leader Michael Weber retires.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Weber Oriental Rugs Inc., billed as St. Petersburg's oldest established rug dealer, has closed its doors after nearly 40 years serving the Tampa Bay region of Florida.
Established in 1975, Weber Oriental
Rugs specialized in hand-knotted new, semi-antique and antique oriental rugs to
fit the needs of consumers and complement decorating styles.
Michael Weber, who along
with his wife Phyllis owned the business, said he was looking to retire for several
years but was waiting for the right buyer who could carry on the tradition he
worked so hard to establish. He finally agreed to sell the business to a Tampa
Bay rug dealer. The deal was expected to close by early December. "It is
99 percent done," Weber said. "I don't want to jinx it by telling you the
name until it goes through, although I know it will."
Michael Weber said the entire
inventory from his 2,000 sq. ft. showroom would be acquired by the purchasing
retailer. "It has been a great run, and I have enjoyed every minute of it,"
said Weber, who got into the business in the mid-1970s, became one of the
industry's leading executives. Weber is the past president of the Oriental Rug Retailers of America,
Inc. (1992-2003); he also served as chairman of The Oriental Rug Retailers'
Association's Oriental Rug Appraisal Certification Program; Weber was with ORRA
when it developed the Certified Rug Appraiser program in 1979. The
program is an exhaustive examination that certifies an individual to be an
appraiser of oriental rugs. He
became a Court & Insurance
Approved Rug Appraiser.
During his decades as a rug retailer in St. Petersburg, the Webers earned a sterling reputation for customer service and thorough knowledge
of oriental rugs, in particular
new hand-knotted and heirloom, which they happily shared with their customers.
Michael Weber helped ORRA
develop its Certified Rug Appraiser program (which continues today) in 1979.
In fact, dozens
of reviews on social media raved about the Webers as business owners, and Mike
Weber's knowledge of oriental rugs.
-"I have shopped in more than 100 stores around the
world and this was the best experience in purchasing rugs I have ever had."
-"They have beautiful hand knotted rugs
and explained how the rugs are made. We would highly recommend these very
professional and courteous people to both family and friends. They are the
-"The knowledge of the owner about handmade rugs amazes
me each time I am in their showroom."