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V. Behar and Co

From Graces Guide

of 300 and 302 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

  • 1896 The company was established by Victor Behar, a carpet manufacturer and retailer from Istanbul. In due course, the business expanded by the acquisition of Cardinal and Harford, an old-established London business of oriental carpet importers.[1]
  • 1914 Eastern merchants and Turkey carpet manufacturers. Specialities: Turkey carpets, Raheb Turkish pile, British-made carpet, eastern carpets, British Axminsters in seamed and seamless squares, stair carpets, parquetries and wall panelings to suit all periods, linoleums printed to special designs, high-class draperies, chintzes, blinds, materials for chair coverings, tapestries, curtains dyed with special fast shades, vegetable dyes, antique furniture and reproductions; complete furnishings of hotels, hydros, churches, clubs etc.[2]

V. Behar Limited was incorporated as a private company, with capital of £30,000, to acquire the business of Eastern carpet importers, house furnishers and decorators.[3]

1920 Victor Behar negotiated the purchase of the largest carpet factory in the world, in Tabriz in Persia, which had been in German ownership before the war. The price paid was around half a million pounds and the factory had 24,000 local workers, to which 1,000 British employees were to be added.[4]

1965 The company went into voluntary liquidation.[5]

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Sources of Information

  • National Records of Scotland BT2/9282