Team

Jahanshah Josh Nazmiyal
Founder & President

Cyrus Nazmiyal
Vice President

Sina Nazmiyal
Vice President & General Counsel

Andy Yoon
E-Commerce Director

David Vega
Accounts Manager

Meet Violet 1

Violet Gene Sciandra
Editor

Andres Mercado
Digital Imaging

 

Jahanshah Josh Nazmiyal

Founder & President
Email: josh@rugandkilim.com

Growing up in Tehran and coming to the United States in 1978 as a student at Washington D.C.’s American University, Jahanshah Josh Nazmiyal soon after opened his first atelier showroom in Short Hills, NJ, enjoying one of the most widely regarded collections of Oriental rugs with a passion for their history of inspiring European and 18th-Century counterparts. After opening his first trade-only showroom in New York City — following a prosperous career in wholesale antique carpets — 2020 marks Josh’s 40th anniversary with Rug & Kilim and the long-anticipated opening of his new showroom in Queens, home to a treasury of antique, vintage, mid-century-modern, Scandinavian, Moroccan, European, and custom rug collections complemented by the largest international archive of diverse Kilim.

Cyrus Nazmiyal

Vice President
Email: cyrus@rugandkilim.com

Operating out of Rug & Kilim’s New York showroom, Vice President Cyrus Nazmiyal oversees sales and operations while continuing to expand the award-winning team with phenomenal success. An honors cum laude graduate from the School of Hospitality Administration at Boston University and an alumnus of Brant Lake Camp, Cyrus embodies the standard for a service-oriented approach in his business philosophy, proven by the essential, admirable relationships he’s cultivated with his clients. A honed student of his craft with a passion for private label opportunities, Cyrus is driven to provide a family experience to our partners, valuing relationships above everything.

Sina Nazmiyal

Vice President & General Counsel
Email: sina@rugandkilim.com

The youngest son of Josh Nazmiyal and younger brother to Cyrus, Sina Alexander Nazmiyal is the newest of his name to join the family business at Rug & Kilim. A Bachelor of Political Science from Indiana University who then graduated from Toro Law School in 2019, Sina spent several years in litigation and personal injury law with prestigious firms before choosing to lend his invaluable experience to the growing team.
Though he’s certainly hit the ground running since his long-anticipated entry — having already made an impressive reputation among our clients and colleagues — Sina strives to complement both his father’s ambitious energy and his brother Cyrus’s natural leadership with a passion for innovating organization, driving expansion, and exploring communication at the most exciting stage of the firm’s meteoric rise.

Andy Yoon

E-Commerce Director
Email: andy@rugandkilim.com

Moving from Cleveland, Ohio, to New York City following his master’s degree in 2016, Andy Yoon joined the Rug & Kilim family in 2018 continuing an impressive and consistent career in e-commerce. A cum laude graduate of Andrews University with an honors MBA in Marketing from La Sierra University, Andy has become a pivotal voice for our team’s online partnerships while maintaining the same standard of courtesy and accommodation Josh Nazmiyal prides himself on offering our trade partners. Key to developing our website and sum digital presence, Andy supports multiple departments while spearheading innovation, mindful expansion, and communication with new clientele to keep pace with the digital future of our industry with the standard we’re known for internationally.

David Vega

Accounts Manager
Email: david@rugandkilim.com

Celebrating an exciting first year with our team, David Vega represents Rug & Kilim as Accounts Manager to new and established partners in the Caribbean, Florida, and South America, proving rapidly successful in his efforts to develop exciting relationships and growth in the region. An honors bachelor of science in Finance from Nova Southeastern University and former Vice President of Finance for the American Marketing Association, David has since enjoyed several years as a reliable broker in the design and textile industry. Backed by his belief in mutual respect and courtesy, David shares Josh Nazmiyal’s love for design and building relationships as a reliable and knowledgeable representative of our collections; always seeking collaboration with creative designers from all backgrounds.

Meet Violet

Violet Gene Sciandra

Editor
Email: vi@rugandkilim.com

A proud native of Buffalo, New York, Violet Gene Sciandra originally joined Rug & Kilim as Copywriter and quickly rose to the role of Editor, supported by a diverse background in multimedia writing, a studious passion for our field and a natural affinity for leadership. An honors cum laude bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing from SUNY Purchase, Sciandra’s experience as an award-winning reporter, published author, and multidisciplinary editor in news, publishing and education were linked by a common love of art and creation that led to joining our team. Now working with Josh Nazmiyal to put a voice to the beauty of our collection and explore editorial opportunities, Sciandra believes in the immutable value of research, communication and education in sharing the beauty and history of every piece with our discerning clientele; essential tools to tell its story.

Andres Mercado

Digital Imaging
Email: digitalimaging@rugandkilim.com

A son of Ecuador continuing his exciting career in New York, Andres Mercado joins Rug & Kilim as our lead photographer heading up our Digital Imaging Department. As a proud Bachelor of Graphic Design from UTI, Andres ensures the best qualities of our full collection reach our audience, communicating all the energy and love in Josh’s favorite pieces to bring our brand to life with an eye for the new they both share.

Among the most passionate creative voices on our team, Andres’ background as both a prolific creator and teacher of analog and digital photography has been key in recapturing the most essential elements of our craft.