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Ben Soleimani built his name on rugs. Now he’s going after the whole home
Many in the design business look back on childhoods filled with memories of rearranging the family furniture and stashing shelter magazines under beds—Ben Soleimani’s upbringing was more dramatic. The son of a prominent rug dealer in Iran, he was only 7 when the country began to convulse in the early stages of the revolution that would overthrow the Shah, install the Ayatollah Khomeini in power, and transform the Middle East. “I would hear machine guns at night and people in the streets screaming—even though we found out later that the machine guns were tapes they would play just to scare people,” he tells host Dennis Scully on the latest episode of The Business of Home Podcast.
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