co-owner of Shahin
Shahin Rug Gallery is a two-store
business owned by a pair of
brothers dedicated to the art of
beautifully crafted rugs enjoyed
for pleasure and preserved for
value. Their newest retail location
is located in San Rafael, where
brother Asghar Shahin is happy to
be of service.
How long have you been in the rug business?
I started importing rugs in 1995 and had my first retail business in
Appleton, Wis. I moved my successful business to Southern California and
then joined my brother up here in 2011. Today, Shahin Rug Gallery has
stores in both Napa and San Rafael.
Do you enjoy your work?
I very much enjoy what I do. As long as I can remember, rugs have been
Jocelyn rose, owner at Boo Boo’s Best
Boo Boo’s Best sells lovingly made raw dog food from a vet-designed
recipe, using only 100 percent grass-fed, pasture-raised beef and lamb
from Marin Sun Farms, organic vegetables, sardines and other delicious
goodies for a complete meal. It is available exclusively direct-to-consumer
via delivery in San Francisco and Marin.
The slogan of Boo Boo’s Best is “From Farm to Fido … Dog Food as Nature
Intended.” A raw, meat-based diet is what dogs are designed to eat. It is
what they would eat in the wild, and I believe that when they eat a raw diet,
they are healthier and happier. Consult your vet before switching to raw.
Have you always fed your dog a raw diet?
No. In fact, I was hesitant about raw at first. But our dog had terrible
digestive issues, which resulted in him having almost nonstop diarrhea,
and led to him being extremely underweight and malnourished. Finally,
our vet suggested that our dog might be unable to handle processed
dog foods and could benefit from a raw diet. When we changed, he was
immediately and dramatically better.
Why did you start making it yourself?
With so many pet food recalls recently, I was reminded that with
commercial products, many of the ingredients aren’t real, whole foods.
my passion. I enjoy researching each rug’s origin, age and artistry and am
very adept at appraising, identifying and restoring all types of old and new
Do you offer rug cleaning and repair?
We take pride in having the most skilled, highly trained rug care
professionals in the industry. We don’t just clean your valued rugs, we
wash them — and offer free pickup and delivery as well. We’re the
experts, so you don’t have to worry.
Do you offer other services?
We offer fringe repair and replacement, water damage restoration,
tea washing, hand bathing of oversized rugs, pet deodorizing and
deep cleaning, installation and carpet pad customization, and on-site
estimates and consultation.
Do you have a company slogan?
The beauty of our Oriental rugs can be your timeless treasure.
Shahin Rug galleRy, 831 FouRth StReet, San RaFael, 415.457.7847; 1320
Second StReet, napa, 707.255.0500; ShahinRuggalleRy.com
I wanted to know exactly what
my dog was eating. The meat
from Marin Sun is such high
quality, it is what my husband
and I eat, and it’s what I feed my
dog and (hopefully) yours.
What are some of the benefits
of a raw diet?
Some of the benefits include
relief from allergies and
digestive ailments, smaller, less
smelly stool, less gas, a bright
and shiny coat, healthy teeth and
gums, reduced shedding, fresher
breath and healthier weight. Some studies suggest that dogs that eat raw
live longer, healthier lives.
Can’t dogs get sick from raw food?
It is always possible, but it is unusual. Remember, dogs are designed by
nature to digest and process raw meat. Their stomach acid is extremely
strong and their food spends more time in their stomachs than ours does,
which gives the acid a longer time to kill any pathogens.