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Hossien Garakyaraghi and Ahmed Loghmanian, center back, gather for an Old Town Masterpieces employee photo May 7. The landmark Oriental rug store will be closing its doors May 31 after 35 years in business on King Street.

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Old Town Masterpieces closing after 35 years.

They grew up together in Iran, and in 1971, Ahmed Loghmanian and Hossien Garakyaraghi made the move to America to study at George Washington University. But it wasn't long before the pull of the family business back home beckoned them to open Old Town Masterpieces, a landmark Oriental rug store closing its doors after 35 years in business. “I think he met George Washington,” Loghmanian said in jest to Garakyaraghi, his lifelong friend and brother-in-law. “That's how long we've been here.”

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