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Oct 16, 2019 10:15 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village Merchant Wants Rug Shop To Live On Through Foundation

Hans Boujaran, owner of Boujaran Rugs in Southampton Village. ANISAH ABDULLAH
Oct 16, 2019 10:55 AM


After 24 years of decorating the floors of local residences, Hans Boujaran is looking to close the doors of his Southampton Village rug store, Boujaran Rugs — and is hoping a local charity foundation will take it over.

Mr. Boujaran, who grew up in Iran, created and sold collections of antique, contemporary and decorative hand-woven rugs in his Main Street shop, made out of materials from manufacturers and dyers overseas.

The fine quality, precise skill and intricate designs that make up his rugs have led them to be featured on the covers of magazines and purchased by affluent buyers to adorn their homes.

But his collections are not selling, he said, and he no longer wants to operate a business around an art form that is not being appreciated enough.

“I studied many different arts, and I wanted to make a collection — but what’s the point if my collection from 2009 to 2016 hasn’t been sold the way I wanted?” he said, noting that he has more than a thousand rugs in his possession. “And now I have to be liquidating them, discounting them. What’s the point of creating another piece of art?”

Mr. Boujaran said that his reason for wanting to shut down was not because he could no longer afford to keep the space, as was the case for other Southampton Village businesses that had to close over the years.

Instead, he explained that if he continued the business longer, he will “die like an old man,” because he is not receiving the support from the community that he wished he had.

“You know, when you’re a painter — an artist — you need your brush, you need your paint, you need your canvas. If they take them away from you, it seems like they took your heart — they took your soul — because you need to create,” he said.

Instead of completely shutting down, which he said would make him feel as if he wasted the last 24 years of his life, Mr. Boujaran said he hopes that his business will live on through a charity foundation that will either teach the craft to artists and locals, or translate other artists’ work onto rugs. His passion for rug-making coupled with his giving nature makes him wish the art form will remain, and possibly grow, within the community for a long time, he said.

He recently reached out to several customers who are connected to local foundations to see if there is an interest, although he has not yet heard back. He is even offering to assist whoever takes it over and provide his expertise and resources.

“If an artist’s works need to be done, I can have it done in Afghanistan. We can find weavers to do it,” he said. “I have the capability of doing it.”

The end of this chapter does not make him sad, however, as he said he knows he will find fulfillment in future endeavors.

Although he does not have a solid plan for what he wants to do next, he has been teaching weekly online classes on spirituality and the science of energy — topics he has been studying for the past five years — and wishes to further explore and understand those studies.

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Another vacant storefront in Southampton - time to innovate.
By Mouthampton (439), Southampton on Oct 18, 19 10:19 AM
Time for landlords to get real.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 18, 19 3:49 PM
I stopped by this store and Mr. Boujaran was quite a treat to meet. The Village should figure out how to do a business improvement district "BID" like they have in parts of the city. Stores like Mr. Boujaran's are Cultural assets to the town and someway, somehow grants should be provided so they can exist or the village retail corridors will lose all their charm and value. I know that this can be done because I've been involved with such in the past. If the Mayor wants to reach out, consultation ...more
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton Town, NY on Oct 19, 19 2:25 AM
I stopped by this store and Mr. Boujaran was quite a treat to meet. The Village should figure out how to do a business improvement district "BID" like they have in parts of the city. Stores like Mr. Boujaran's are Cultural assets to the town and someway, somehow grants should be provided so they can exist or the village retail corridors will lose all their charm and value. I know that this can be done because I've been involved with such in the past. If the Mayor wants to reach out, consultation ...more
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton Town, NY on Oct 19, 19 2:25 AM
I stopped by this store and Mr. Boujaran was quite a treat to meet. The Village should figure out how to do a business improvement district "BID" like they have in parts of the city. Stores like Mr. Boujaran's are Cultural assets to the town and someway, somehow grants should be provided so they can exist or the village retail corridors will lose all their charm and value. I know that this can be done because I've been involved with such in the past. If the Mayor wants to reach out, consultation ...more
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton Town, NY on Oct 19, 19 2:25 AM
I stopped by this store and Mr. Boujaran was quite a treat to meet. The Village should figure out how to do a business improvement district "BID" like they have in parts of the city. Stores like Mr. Boujaran's are Cultural assets to the town and someway, somehow grants should be provided so they can exist or the village retail corridors will lose all their charm and value. I know that this can be done because I've been involved with such in the past. If the Mayor wants to reach out, consultation ...more
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton Town, NY on Oct 19, 19 2:26 AM