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  • Welcome to American Books & Carpets

    American Books & Carpets was launched to showcase our unique product line of alma mater, fraternity/sorority carpets and an upcoming military children book series. Since 2012, our business has earned a reputation for high quality carpets and outstanding customer service leading to contracts with the major military retail stores: Navy Exchange, Marine Corps Exchange, and AAFES. We are now expanding our vision to colleges near and dear to you.

  • Carpets

    We are thrilled to be the first company to Americanize under the Fair Labor Standard Acts one of the oldest and least understood art forms in the world – hand looming.​ Each carpet is made of vegetable dyed fine wool (80%) and silk (20%). The crafting of a single carpet in the Pakistani Silk Touch-style entails a five-step process from a digital logo to a finished product which can take several weeks. Handmade Art because your Alma-matters!

  • Books

    Celebrating Everyday Heroes - Our children books were inspired by the times Lydia or Erik (pictured in the team section) were deployed and their children had to cope with separation anxiety. From the need to explain why mommy or daddy had to depart on a mission, sprung forth the first installment of what we hope are many books detailing the everyday responsibilities of working military parents -- including those who stay-at-home.

    My Hero Series Presents

    My Mommy is ...

    The first of 8 books coming in Early 2018 - My Mommy is & My Daddy is a Sailor.

  • Who We Are

    A Veteran Owned Small Business 

    Our initial roots stem as a traditional handmade carpet company providing military customers fair market value masterpiece carpets. Until Lydia, a Naval Academy graduate, had the brilliant idea to commission a custom made, hand loomed carpet with said Academy’s logo, American Books & Carpets was born. After the positive response the sample carpets received from Naval personnel during our traditional rug flops, we decided to expand the vision.

     

    Books & Carpets 

    Erik’s first flying tour in the US Navy 20 years ago took him to the Middle East, where he discovered his passion for handmade carpets and established a lifelong friendship with a family of renowned carpet dealers. After nearly 18 years in the cockpit for the Navy - Erik's Mentor, John Biagas (pictured below) inspired him to follow his entrepreneurial spirit and pursue his passion of "flying carpets"! These two lifelong "wingmen" hope this business venture will serve as a platform to educate children as well as help bridge the divide between two great cultures.

     

    Family Heirlooms

    Authentic handmade carpets are much more than a floor rug. Each carpet is a unique piece of art and pride. When cared for, they will last a lifetime and in many cases will pass down from generation to generation.

     

    Giving Back 

    American Books & Carpets aims to contribute to a charitable cause with every company sale. We have done extensive charity work with product donations to benefit auctions & hosting fundraisers for non-profits.

    Paradise-for-All Fundraiser

    Southampton, NY

    Erik (right), Arlene, and Sergio Caballero step-and-repeat at the Social Club in Southampton, NY. An event hosted in 2015, raised awareness for the only fully accessible Bed and Breakfast in the Hampton -- The Edgemere Inn.

    The Oakleaf Club

    Greater Washington DC

     "In recognition for our continued commitment and generosity! Because of us, they are able to fulfill their mission of -- Serving Those Who Serve Their Country." 9.14.2014

    Fashion for Fighters Gala for Navy Safe Harbor Foundation

    The Embassy of New Zealand - District of Columbia - June 2017

    Honored to be a featured Sponsor of the Navy Safe Harbor's 3rd annual FASHION for FIGHTERS International Fashion Show at The EMBASSY OF NEW ZEALAND: Featuring Ambassador Tim Groser; Navy Safe Harbor President, RADM (retired) Chris Cole

     

    Inspired by the military community, NSHF was created to efficiently identify and meet the needs of recovering Sailors, Coast guardsmen, merchant marines and their families. NSHF will fill the gaps of current non medical provisions through collaboration with Federal and community resources. NSHF wants to ensure that every service member is given an opportunity for full recovery by providing financial assistance, respite care, special equipment, transportation, recreational opportunities, and other services. The Navy Safe Harbor foundation is dedicated to supporting the recovery of seriously wounded, Ill and injured Sailors, Coast guardsmen, and their families by assisting them with the resources not currently provided by government or community resources.

  • TEAM

    Where East Meets West

     Photo credit: Leonardo Flaiban via Visual hunt / CC BY-ND

    Erik P. Doye

    Owner

    Erik is the founder of American Books & Carpets. He is a 20 year military pilot, Naval Officer and veteran of the Iraqi war. He is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, Class of ’97, where he played baseball. Fly Navy!

    Photo credit: Robert Bejil Productions via VisualHunt / CC BY

    John F. Biagas

    Mentor & Lifelong Friend

    John is a successful business owner, a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the youngest of 14 children. His drive, leadership, example and vision have been inspirational. Thank YOU John for leading by example for me!

    Photo credit: Robert Bejil Productions via VisualHunt / CC BY

    Asim Adil Shah

    Loomer

    Following in his father's footsteps, Asim has been looming and selling handmade carpets for over 30 years. I could not do it without his patience, focus and belief in my vision. Thanks Asim!

  • Event Finder

    We are available for month-long shows at major retailers, pop-ups at college events and private rug-flops.

    Our 2017 Schedule is still being finalized - keep checking for updates...

    MCCS Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia

    Jan - 13 Feb 2017

    ABC will set up a carefully chosen inventory of traditional handmade carpets inside the Atrium Area @ MCX Henderson Hall. In Early January 2017 - We traveled to India and brought home nearly 200 new pieces. We would love to flop some carpets and earn your business!

    NEX Bethesda, Maryland

    Feb 23 - 20 Mar 2017

    ABC will set up a carefully chosen inventory of traditional handmade carpets inside the lower level @ NEX Bethesda. You won't want to miss our new selections arriving with nearly 200 new pieces from India and 100 Afghan Chobi's. We would love to flop some carpets and earn your business!

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference

    Mar 27-30, 2017

    ABC is heading south to Raleigh, North Carolina to our first ever AKA event. This will be the first introduction of our brand new handmade carpets to the sorority. We also will unveil two NEW AKA carpet styles. We would love earn your business and are very excited about the event opportunity.

    Ring Ceremony & Legacy Admissions Events

    Apr 29-30, 2017

    ABC is honored and has accepted one of the most sacred events each year at North Carolina State University - the Legacy and Fellowship of the Ring events at the Bell Tower. Our team can be found at the Talley Student Union and University's bookstore - introducing our first 150 handmade carpets to the Wolfpack alumni past, present and future. We are excited and gracious for the opportunity and love to earn your business!

    Omega Psi Phi Second District Conference

    May 4-7, 2017

    ABC was invited and is humbled to accept our first District Conference in Rye, NY. This will be the first introduction of our brand new Omega Psi Phi Handmade Carpets to 84 chapters and nearly 2500 members that represent the 2nd District. We would love to earn your business and are very excited for the opportunity!

    Kappa Alpha Psi Grand Chapter Meeting, Orlando, FL

    July 18-22, 2017

    ABC is truly looking forward its first introduction of our brand new Kappa Alpha Psi Handmade Carpets at the Grandest event of all. We will be introducing two new styles and our first new size in the fraternity carpet line. We would love to earn your business and are very excited for the opportunity!

     

    Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will welcome to Orlando more than 10,000 members, their families and associates for the organization’s 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting (conclave) on July 18-22, 2017.

    Omega Psi Phi Leadership, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Aug 2-6, 2017

    ABC will travel to the Ohio for the first time ever to join in the friendship of the Omega Psi Phi team. Friendship is essential to the soul.

    Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift - I hope my creation will give back to this amazing strong team of fraternity brothers. Thank you for the opportunity.

    MCCS Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia

    Sept 13 - Oct 02 2017

    ABC will set up a carefully chosen inventory of traditional handmade carpets inside the Atrium Area @ MCX Henderson Hall. On 1 Sept - We will travel overseas and bring home new AFGHAN KAZAKS and Kokass styles never sold before!! We would love to flop some carpets and earn your business!.

    NEX Bethesda, Maryland

    Oct 2017

    ABC will set up a carefully chosen inventory of traditional handmade carpets inside the lower level @ NEX Bethesda. You do not want to miss our new selections from Iran, India and Afghan. We would love to flop some carpets and earn your business!

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Mid-Atlantic NWVA Cluster

    Oct 28 2017

    A 1 Day Shopping Opportunity 1 mile from my home!   We are honored to participate in our 2nd AKA Event to date at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® 2017 Mid-Atlantic Region NorthernWestern Virginia (NWVA) Cluster to be held at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel, 7920 Jones Branch Dr, McLean, VA 22102. The Vendor Exhibition is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and look forward to showing our "Christmas Carpets" to the 600 amazing members and families in attendance.

    The Bodacious Bazaar and Art Festival

    Nov 10, 11 & 12, 2017

    A 3 Day Shopping Extravaganza in my hometown of Hampton Roads. ABC will visit for the first time the Hampton Coliseum. The Bodacious bazaar and Arts Festival is the perfect chance to get your Christmas shopping done a little early this year. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list!! Featuring College Carpets and NEWLY Loomed Afghan carpets - Hampton Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Dr., Hampton, Va.

    The Bizarre Bazaar - The Christmas Collection

    November 30 & December 1 & 2, 2017

    A 3 Day Shopping Extravaganza in the world famous Richmond Motor Speedway. ABC will visit for the first time the Richmond Area. Four Exhibition Buildings filled with fabulous unique gifts for everyone on your list! A beautiful holiday marketplace with 500 juried exclusive exhibitors and more than 100 new exhibitors only seen at The Bizarre Bazaar®. Located at the Richmond Raceway Complex with free parking. Featuring College Carpets and NEWLY Loomed Afghan carpets.

    The Little City - 25th Annual Holiday Gift & Craft Show

    December 2-3, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday)

    The wonderful "Little City" of Falls Church, Virginia hosts a 2 Day shopping expo in my DC "home". ABC will visit for the first time this wonderful community event. This is the perfect chance to get our one of a kind hand loomed items introduced to Northern Virginia!! Featuring College Carpets and NEWLY Loomed Afghan carpets - Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street.

    Walter Reed Medical - A Christmas Giving Event w/ NEX

    December 4-8, 2017 (Monday-Friday)

    Back to support the NEX Bethesda - the store that started it all! As Christmas is a time for giving - a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Oak Leaf Club of Bethesda! Thanks to all those who serve.. come see us on Main Street inside the hospital - we will have our Silks and College Carpets on show case and ready to have a special gift for the season! Happy Holidays to all my Navy and Military Family.....

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