Fran Jasper featured in TOPS Magazine
Fran Jasper Frances Lee Jasper Oriental Rugs 1330 Bardstown Rd, Louisvillewww.francesleejasper.com Frances Lee Jasper Oriental Rugs sits in an 1890s firehouse on Bardstown Road. Fran founded the company in 1980 after earning a degree in design from the University of Louisville, and completing additional studies at Parsons School of Design in New York City. While still in college, Fran spent her entire savings in one day on five oriental rugs that she had seen at an estate sale. Even though those rugs were not her taste, she recognized that they were very good quality, and from that purchase, a career was born. She honed her skills as an apprentice at a retail rug shop, and spent several years studying the history, repair, and business of oriental rugs before opening her own store. For almost 40 years now, she and her business partner, Joe Tousi, have maintained the reputation of selling the finest quality new and antique rugs. They also offer skilled expertise in the field of cleaning, restoration and appraisals. Fran listens carefully to clients as they speak about purchasing a rug, about where they want to place it in their home, and the budget they have to work with. Once the parameters have been established, Fran and her well trained staff search for the perfect selection of rugs that meet the criteria. Fran travels the world searching for decorative and unusual rugs, most recently in Turkey, India, and Morocco. She is an active philanthropist, focusing on issues she cares deeply about…. mental health, historic preservation, and animal welfare. She has served on the boards of Wellspring, Whitehall and Locust Grove. Fran believes in giving back to the community that helped build Frances Lee Jasper Oriental Rugs.
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