Victor Behar, carpet manufacturer and retailer.
Isaac Behar (he preferred to be known as Victor) came from Istanbul in Turkey and set up in business in Sauchiehall Street c 1900 as a supplier of oriental carpets, rugs and other articles of furniture. He established a successful business with a reputation for high quality, importing carpets and rugs from India, Afghanistan, Persia and Turkey. V Behar & Co was the original manufacturer of the Raheb Turkish Pile Carpet, made in Scotland from imported materials. The company employed skilled craftsmen and women from eastern countries to repair and reweave damaged carpets.
The business expanded through the acquisition of the long-established London firm, Cardinal & Harford, and after the First World War bought a massive German owned carpet factory in Tabriz, Persia. Behar also had interests in India and Turkey as chairman of The Indian Carpet Manufacturers, and director of The Levant Carpet Manufacturers.
Today, Behar Carpets claims to be Scotland's leading retailer of carpets and flooring products, with a network of fifteen stores throughout Scotland.
Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 052 BAI
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning
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