The Landry & Arcari Experience
Our mission is to provide the finest rugs in the world at the lowest prices while treating our customers to the best service possible. When you visit Landry & Arcari, we take the time to learn about your needs and then to share our design expertise and product knowledge so you can make your choices with confidence.
What to Expect
Come into our Boston store and you'll usually find Jerry Arcari, Debra Freelove and Saeed Kobiakov, shown left. Any one of them can help you find the hand-woven oriental rug or broadloom carpet you're looking for.
The Boston store has a gallery-like setting with high ceilings and an open floor plan. Rugs are draped on the walls from supports which are raised and lowered at the push of a button by the same mechanism used for garage door openers. This is a very helpful device since we specialize in over-sized rugs and have carpets up to 18 x 27 feet and on occasion, even larger. However, customers can easily look through our sample rack of 6 x 9 feet rugs on their own. Our Boston location also carries our full line of broadloom carpeting and area rugs.
(Garage parking is available beneath our building, which fronts on St. James, Stuart and Arlington Streets. Bring your ticket up with you and we'll validate your parking for up to two hours.)
In Salem, Bernie Pine, Jeffrey Arcari, Ken Gurley, and Mary Donovan (below from left to right) will help you look through our expansive new showroom of hand-woven oriental rugs from all over the world.
The Carpet Mezzanine of our new Salem building has everything you could want organized in an easy-to-shop display. We have the most exquisite Wiltons from Belgium, hard-wearing patterned Axminsters from England, futuristic woven vinyl from Sweden, technologically advanced fibers from the U.S., decorative and exotic grasses from Asia and the Pacific, and fine New Zealand wool carpets in the broadest array of colors and patterns you can imagine.
In either store, you are welcome to take rugs home on approval, since it's a good idea to see them in your house before you make your final decision.
We look forward to your visit and to helping you find the rugs of your dreams.
Gerard Arcari is a noted expert on Oriental rugs. His interest in oriental rugs began forty years ago when he apprenticed under an oriental rug expert from Beirut. After years of learning the history, art and care of oriental carpets, Jerry led sales and buying for the rug department of Jordan Marsh in Peabody, Massachusetts.
In 1981, Jerry Arcari and his wife Connie bought the established Landry Brothers Upholstery Furniture, which had been established in 1938. They changed the business from one that sold oriental rugs as an adjunct to furniture to one that concentrated on oriental rugs and interior design. Landry & Arcari Interiors soon became the Massachusetts's North Shore's most outstanding resource for oriental rugs and interior design. In 1993, when Connie retired, the store became devoted solely to oriental rugs and broadloom carpeting. In 2002, Landry & Arcari expanded by opening a showroom in Boston's Back Bay.
A Family Business
Jerry has passed on his knowledge and enthusiasm for oriental rugs to his children, Jay Julie, and Jeffrey. Julie is the CEO. Jay is the Broadloom Carpeting Manager. Jeffrey, as, Oriental Rugs Manager, is buyer of hand-woven rugs and has developed our overseas rug productions. Jeff makes frequent visit to overseas rug weaving area to personally select stock for the store. Further more Jeff's expertise in antique oriental rugs enables Landry & Arcari to have a thriving business in the field. Jerry continues to play an important role in the business in a role as senior advisor and in other capacities, particularly public relations and retail sales.
Together, they have made Landry & Arcari a highly reputable, thriving business with one of the largest, most outstanding collections of oriental rugs and carpeting in New England.
Commitment to Value
Landry & Arcari is committed to offering exceptional carpets honestly priced, along with outstanding customer service. We travel several times a year to visit weavers all over the East, often to remote villages where westerners are rarely seen. Since we purchase our rugs directly from the weavers, we get the best quality rugs and you pay the best prices (without the costly middlemen mark-ups).
Commitment to Education
Landry & Arcari demonstrates their commitment to consumer education by offering several lectures a year at area historical societies and museums, as well as at the stores. Ask about our lectures on antique rugs, new rugs, rug weaving, and rug repair. They are free and open to the public. Our most popular presentations are interior design lectures given by guest designers. Please join us!
Committment to the Community
This interest in educating the public about orientals has led to a unique private-public sector partnership between Landry & Arcari and several non-profit organizations. For the past fifteen years, Landry & Arcari has held very successful benefit rug sales and exhibitions to raise funds for the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Strawberry Banke Museum of Portsmouth, NH, the Knights of Columbus, and WBUR Radio of Boston, among others.
Commitment to Integrity and Consumer Rights
Jerry has been the President of the Oriental Rug Dealers' Association of Massachusetts, and he has served on the Board of Directors for many years. He is also a member of the Oriental Rugs Retailers Association. The goal of both organizations is safeguarding the consumer by establishing ethical guidelines, and educating buyers about oriental rugs and dealers.
Commitment to Our Weavers
We are proud to offer work and a meaningful opportunity for advancement to the families involved in our weaving projects. In rug-making regions, weaving is a sought-after occupation as it is much less demanding than farming, the predominant source of income.
Landry & Arcari is a member of GoodWeave, www.goodweave.org, an international nonprofit organization devoted to building schools, programs and opportunities that give children back their childhoods by ending child labor in the handmade carpet industry in South Asia. The GoodWeave label on a rug assures that the rug is child-labor-free.
Landry & Arcari has donated significently to the cost of building a new school for our Indian weaving community. This project is also funded by the non-profit organization The Barakat Society, www.barakatworld.org.
(Left) Since construction at the Bhadohi school is done by hand, beautiful arches and columns do not cost extra. (Right)Jeffrey Arcari helps lay brick in the new school in the Bhadohi, India.
(Left) Women in India wear beautiful saris even when working construction. (Right) These bicycle-driven carts transport children to and from school.