Now in its 85th year, Persian Rug Company has spanned four generations. In the 1920’s, J.A. and Najebe Munson began selling dry goods and cleaning rugs in a small shop downtown at the corner of Main St. and Central Avenue. Najebe, the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, was born and raised in Chattanooga, but J.A. came as a young man from Lebanon with the promise of employment from a distant relative. The couple eventually opened a business that focused on the cleaning and repairing of oriental rugs. Around the time of the depression, the family constructed a new building at 818 Main Street where the business continued to operate under the ownership of their youngest son, Fred Munson, until he passed away in 2007. The company is now owned by their grandson, Chris Munson and his family. Chris has recently been joined by his daughter Jessica Ellis who is an interior designer by trade. She is on hand to assist customers who may need that extra help to choose a rug that would work best with the style and colors that they are working with.
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