In the latest issue of Salisbury Life Magazine there was a focus on family run businesses and specifically fathers & sons working in business together. Koroush & Darius where asked to be interviewed and talk about their experience in working with Masoud and running a family business. Below is the feature in full.
What are your first work-related memories of your father?
Koroush: I was about 6 years old and our father had just come back from a buying trip in Persia with a chest filled with ceramics and Persian art. He told me Aladdin had helped him get these pieces.
Darius: I was very young our father came home with a giant wicker horse standing up on its hind legs that reached around 7ft in the air. He had bought it when visiting the Caspian sea and had fallen in love with it.
How has your father guided you both professionally?
He set up the third generation of the family business here in the UK having to start from scratch after the 1979 revolution in Iran. We have always been inspired by the story of his struggles in a new country, setting up a new business. He proved to us that with hard work and determination anything is possible.
Did you both always intend to follow in his footsteps?
Growing up surrounded by beautiful carpets and hearing stories of his buying trips to Persia it was hard not to fall in love with the business and want to follow in his footsteps.
When did you start working with your father?
We both joined the family business during the summer of 2014, Koroush had recently finished an internship with the Jack Wills marketing department and it felt like the next logical step in his career. Darius had just finished university and felt ready to join the family business straight away.
How do you all get on working together?
Its always been very professional and, when any ideas for the future are discussed, we’re always involved in the process.
What have you both been able to bring to Bakhtiyar?
When we first joined the business we were tasked with redeveloping the company website and online presence. It was a great way to show our father the skills and abilities we had learnt at university and internships.
Why is working with your father special to you both?
As the fourth generation in this business we take pride in preserving both a family tradition and also the cultural tradition of Persian carpet weaving which has been passed down through the generations for thousands of years.
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