Solomon and son Kaveh stand in front of a rug designed by a Boston Renaissance school student
Picture Courtesy of The Patriot Ledger © 2003
Quincy Schools to
Benefit From Rug Competition
One wouldn't think
an Oriental rug company and a school-to-work
The two have organized
an art contest in which Quincy middle school students are competing
to design the most dazzling Persian rug. The winning design will be
selected by Mojtabai and other judges on May 15 and will be sent to
Nepal to be made into a rug by Mojtabai's crafting associates.
Mojtabai, a 60-year-old
Boston resident and owner of the newly opened
He said rug merchants
from all over the country and from as far as
His grandparents had
a small rug shop in Tabriz and his family was in the
He left Iran in 1973
after finishing medical school and noted,
After stops at postgraduate
school in London and at Boston University, he
Mojtabai decided to relocate again, this time to Quincy, but he didn't want the success of the first program to be lost in the move.
Enter Arthur Keough.
Keough is the executive
director of the Quincy School Partnership. He said
The former Quincy College
academic dean has resurrected and restructured what he called a "mundane
situation" from one that had just one business partner when he
took over in 1988 to one that now has more than 120.
"We want to introduce the youngsters into the world of work by exposing them to all sorts of things in the career field," he said.
Keough said the art contest is for students with a flair for art.
"We want to show
that what they're conceptualizing on a piece of paper can be turned
around and sold on the open market," he said.
"If I choose a job I love, I'll never work a day in my life." ·