About Us

Pride of Persia Rug Co. is a full-service Oriental rug company in Houston, Texas specializing in older and unusual genuine Persian rugs along with high-quality newer rugs from around the world. Our selection of beautiful hand woven rugs, from antique collectors' items to modern decorative pieces, is simply outstanding. Contemporary rugs and custom rugs complete the collection next door in our sister shop, Postmodern Traditions. Our full range of Oriental rug services includes wash and repair, basic maintenance and major restoration.

Pride of Persia is just inside the 610 Loop at the Houston Design Center, behind Star Motor Cars, at 7026 Old Katy Road. Click here for a map or call 713-522-7870 for directions and an appointment. Our hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.

Whether you are a rug connoisseur, design professional or market novice, you are certain to find treasures at Pride of Persia. We strive to give every customer our full attention, so please call or email us today for an appointment.

About the Partners

When Mehdi Abedi moved to Houston in 1981 to complete his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Rice University, he also returned to his rug roots. Mehdi says, "One of the first sounds I ever heard was the sound of weaving." All four of his sisters were accomplished weavers in Yazd, Iran. His daily route to school took him past the boiling dye pots and brightly colored wool hung to dry in the alleys. 

Beginning with just 10 small Hamadans in 1981, he built an extensive collection and a loyal clientele. A few years later, he began teaching other enthusiasts about Persian rugs through continuing education courses. 

Lisa Slappey arrived in Houston in 1991 to complete her Ph.D. in English at Rice University. She soon joined Mehdi in selling Persian rugs by private appointment. To display the growing collection, they acquired exhibit space in Carolyn Thompson's Antique Center of Texas in 1996 and Pride of Persia Rug Co. was born. The shop later expanded to feature about 4,000 rugs in a showroom of nearly 8,000 square feet. 

In March 2009, Pride of Persia grew again by opening a beautiful new showroom in the Houston Design Center. This shop features an extensive collection of antique and unusual Persian rugs from the cities, villages and tribes of Persia, along with select lines of new rugs from around the world. 

To meet the growing demand for Tibetan-style rugs, Abedi and Slappey opened Postmodern Traditions Custom & Contemporary Rug Gallery in June 2011. This showroom is in Suite 170, adjacent to Pride of Persia's showroom, at the Houston Design Center.