Naumi Tadross founded the Oriental Rug Company of Tadross & Zahloute in 1897, in New York City, importing and distributing to merchants in America. Naumi also had his own looms in Sultan Abad, Iran, and Tientsin, China, where rugs were woven to his specifications. The principles in Michigan were Naumi’s nephews Naseem and Saliba Zahloute, brothers. Naumi was very interested in health and owned three hotels with public mineral baths located in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. The rug company was also located there and deliveries were made by horse and buggy.
In the early 1900s they moved the company to downtown Detroit at Grand Circus Park on Adams Avenue where it thrived until after the Depression. In the 1930s a larger display room was needed, and the company moved to Madison Avenue across from the Detroit Athletic Club.
After attending school, Naseem Zahloute’s son, Robert, helped with the business. He joined the Army and spent his time in the Radar Division. When he was discharged in 1957 he wanted to surprise his dad and without calling, went directly to the store. The surprise was on him – the store was closed due to an automobile accident that his father had been in. Naseem asked Robert to fill in for a couple of weeks. That was over fifty years ago and Robert is still running the business today.
The business moved from Detroit to Birmingham in the late 1970's. Since 1995 Tadross & Zahloute provides in-home services from Bloomfield Hills, and is available by phone, fax, email, and personnel appointment.
Along the way, Mr. Zahloute has helped educate many people about the benefits of owning Oriental rugs. He has taught Adult Education classes for Wayne State University, and seminars at various Rotary Clubs, the War Memorial in Grosse Pointe, and The Village Club.