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Baltimore-based rug designer has grown to top importer from Nepal
Baltimore-based rug designer has grown to top importer from Nepal

Steve Cibor loaded his Ford Explorer with a few samples of Tibetan rugs and drove for days along the East Coast in 1994, trying to persuade retailers to sell the expensive hand-woven pieces. "Nobody bought it — but they gave me ideas," Cibor said. "In the rug industry, people know what will sell." Tamarian Carpets, the Baltimore-based rug importer and design company Cibor founded, has come a long way in the 20 years since then. The company is now a top rug exporter from Nepal, where the ancient craft of rug making is one of the country's biggest industries. The company's wool rugs, hand-knotted in Nepal, retail for thousands of dollars at a network...

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