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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 and silk. 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!

    Harley Davidson Motorcycles
    $179.00
    Made as Sample only for the former CEO of HD Owners Group - it is available by special order only.
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    Grambling State University Tigers
    $179.00 - $299.00
    Grambling State University opened on November 1, 1901 as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School. It was founded by the North Louisiana Colored Agriculture Relief Association, organized in 1896 by a group of African-American farmers who wanted to organize and operate a school for African Americans in their region of the state.

    Grambling is our first HBCU masterpiece. It was custom made for our great family friends CAPT J, US Navy and COL L, US Army. Once the samples are gone - it is available by special order only.
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    University of Texas Longhorn
    $179.00 - $299.00
    The University of Texas at Austin opened with one building, eight professors, one proctor, and 221 students — and a mission to change the world. Today, UT Austin is a world-renowned higher education, research, and public service institution serving more than 51,000 students annually through 18 top-ranked colleges and schools.

    We custom made this amazing burnt orange color and carpet custom for friends CDR L, US Navy and former boss General B, US Army. Once the samples are gone - it is available by special order only.
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    Penn State University Nittany Lions
    $179.00 - $299.00
    In 1855 Penn State was chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under a land grant. Today it is one of the most prestigious and loyal alumni associations in the country. They have a long tradition of superior academics and athletics - and now two amazing carpets to honor their University!

    To my oldest friend Sergio - this one is for you and your Nittany Lion family!
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    Villanova University Wildcats
    $179.00 - $299.00
    Villanova University is a community that "seeks to reflect the spirit of Saint Augustine by the cultivation of knowledge, by respect for individual differences and by adherence to the principle that mutual love and respect should animate every aspect of University life." The University is a Catholic Augustinian community of higher education, committed to excellence and distinction in the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge.

    Our samples were made for a few of my ROTC friends - once the samples are gone - it is available by special order only.
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    United States of America - State of Texas Flag
    $169.00
    After numerous requests, we introduce our newest flag in honor of all those who love this great state & who have suffered in the recent months due to the powerful storms. To my friends Scott P & Adrian V - I honor your great state!
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    The United States of America Flag
    $169.00
    The most beautiful thing we have created; & One of the most beautiful American Flags you will ever see! Carefully knotted with White Silk and Red/Blue Wool. It has three straps on the back top of each carpet so it can be honored on any wall in your home.

    I honor our country which I still serve for over 2 decades with this hand made beauty which will last you a life time!
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    University of Pennsylvania Quakers
    $269.00
    Made as Sample only for the COL J, US Army Surgeon - it is available by special order only.
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    United States Air Force Academy Falcons
    $179.00
    Airpower leaders, long before the Air Force was a separate service, had argued they needed a school, dedicated to war in the air, at which to train the country's future Airmen.

    The Academy has provided the Air Force and military with a corps of officers dedicated to upholding the high standards of air superiority and service in the skies. We honor the over 50 year history of this service academy and its nearly 37,000 young officers' who have served their country.
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    University of Florida Gators
    $179.00 - $299.00
    The University of Florida is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university on a 2,000-acre campus in Gainesville, Florida. It origins trace to 1853 and has operated continuously on its Gainesville campus since September 1906.

    One of my heroes - CDR John Kistler (my grandfather) along with around ten of my family members are alumni. This carpet was created upon request by one of my wife's friends battling Cancer - may God Bless her, my recent passed mother Janis and all Gator fans in the world!
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    University of Virginia Cavaliers
    $179.00 - $299.00
    The history of the University of Virginia opens with its conception by Thomas Jefferson at the beginning of the early 19th century. The university was chartered in 1819, and classes commenced in 1825. Its mission to develop tomorrow’s leaders who are well prepared to help shape the future of the nation and the world.

    This amazing Carpet lives up to the high standards and quality of all Wahoos and will make them proud!
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    Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
    $179.00 - $299.00
    Kappa Alpha Psi was the vision of 10 great men in the school year 1910 - 11, the night of January 5, 1911, "on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana, to sow the seed of a fraternal tree whose fruit is available to, and now enjoyed by, college men everywhere, regardless of their color, religion or national origin".

    I am honored to have had my friends - Lew M and Dr. Jackson for the inspiration to create these amazing carpets. I am privileged to also strive toward a tomorrow of promise, productivity and influence with this heirloom for the men!
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    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
    $179.00
    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority began as the vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University in 1908. The sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of over 290,000 members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and commitment to servant-leadership both domestic and international in its scope.

    Thank you again - Bettye J for the inspiration to create these amazing carpets. I am privileged to have already made & shared so many new friendships within AKA!
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    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
    $179.00
    Omega Psi Phi (ΩΨΦ) is an international fraternity with over 750 undergraduate and graduate chapters. The fraternity was founded on November 17, 1911 by three Howard University juniors, Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman, and their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just.

    I am honored to have had my friends - Robert and Bettye J inspire the creation of these amazing carpets. I am privileged to have already made & shared so many new friendships with this carpet creation.
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    United States Military Academy - WEST POINT Black Knights
    $179.00 - $299.00
    West Point is an exceptional honor reserved for our nation’s most promising students. USMA's role in our nation's history dates back to the Revolutionary War with a long list of prestigious military leaders like President Eisenhower, General Patton and my former bosses, General Odierno and Thomas.

    These carpets are arguably our most beautiful collection to date designed with USMA's newest logo!
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    United States Naval Academy - Midshipmen
    $25.00 - $299.00
    Midshipmen are persons of integrity. They learn the strongest form of HONOR, COURAGE and COMMITMENT in Annapolis; then pay it forward with dedicated service to our country!

    The USNA is our prototype behind the ABC vision (thank you to my wife, Lydia, class of '98.) The Midshipmen are strong as seen in my amazing wife & beautiful Navy Blue and Gold masterpiece. Go Navy, beat Army!
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    Virginia Tech Hokies
    $179.00 - $299.00
    If a "Hokie" is a "loyal Virginia Tech fan," then Hokie's worldwide will be thrilled with our one-of-a-kind masterpiece. This carpet highlights one of the most under valued aspects of a carpet making - which is the creation of color. The carpet's maroon color is one of the hardest colors we have had to master to date using our natural vegetable dyes.

    Dedicated its world class alumni - like my sister Amy, old friends Jeff S and all the Biagas family... Go Hokies!

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    North Carolina State University Wolfpack
    $179.00 - $299.00
    NC State was founded by progressive and innovative thinkers in 1887; their belief was colleges should not be reserved for a select few and the children of farmers, mechanics and other workers should have access to the opportunities and benefits of higher education.

    The essence of our carpet embodies this same progressive innovation and its colors are as rich the university's school pride... To my fellow Naval Aviator Admiral S - Thank you for believing in our VOSB - Go Wolfpack!
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    The College of William & Mary Tribe
    $179.00 - $299.00
    W&M may be the 2nd oldest college in the United States - but it is first in our hearts. The Tribe are the athletic teams for the College of William & Mary, where Erik played baseball for 4 years.

    W&M is famous for firsts: the first U.S. institution with a Royal Charter, the first student honor code, the first college to become a university, the first law school in America and the first Greek-letter society (Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776). Go Tribe!
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    Virginia Military Institute Keydets
    $179.00 - $299.00
    The Virginia Military Institute has been called "the West Point of the South." Founded in 1839, it is the nation’s first state-supported military college. Proud of their time-honored mission to produce educated, honorable men and women who will serve the nation and their communities as leaders in their personal and professional lives.

    To my business partner & friend, Tim Hyatt - VMI Football '79- these beautiful carpets were created with "wisdom and courage" for you and your fellow Keydets!
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  • Event Finder

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

    Our 2018 Schedule is still being finalized - keep checking for updates...

    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.

    USNA Alumni House - Midnight Madness Holiday Shop

    December 7, 2017 (Thursday) - 247 King George St, Annapolis, MD 21401

    ABC is excited for the 1st each year to be invited to Historic Ogle Hall - home of the great USNA alumni. We will introducing our one of a kind carpets just in time for Christmas. We are excited and gracious for the opportunity and love to earn your business!   Historic Ogle Hall from 4 - 10 p.m.

    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.....

    MCCS Henderson Hall Christmas Event - Arlington, Va

    December 21-24, 2017 (Thursday-Sunday)

    Back to support the MCX HH - Thanks to all those who served another great year in 2017.. come see us in the outside event tent just outside the main store - 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 / Marine Corps brothers and Military Family.....

    MCCS Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia

    Jan - Feb 2018

    ABC will set up a carefully chosen inventory of traditional handmade carpets inside the Atrium Area @ MCX Henderson Hall. In Early January 2018 - We traveled to our supplier for Afghan carpets (Kazaks and Chobi) and brought home nearly 200 new pieces. We would love to flop some carpets and earn your business!

    A.K.A 110th Anniversary Commemoration (D.C.)

     

    January 11 - 14, 2018

    ABC will be honored to participate in this fantastic celebration! Details are pending for event.

    Omega Psi Phi Undergraduate Summit, Atlanta, Georgia

    January 19 - 20, 2018

    ABC is heading south to Atlanta, GA to our first ever IUGS to start the year. This will be the first introduction of our brand new handmade carpets to the future leaders. We would love earn your business and are very excited about the event opportunity.

    Falcons Landing Military Carpet ExplorationDay

    March 2018

    ABC is honored to head a few miles down the road to meet some real heroes and bring our one of a kind HANDMADE carpets to some amazing Falcon Landing Veterans. We will bring styles from around the globe and have a few educational events from the construction process to the preferred cleaning methods. Falcons Landing is a continuing care community for over 430 active seniors who reside in Independent Living. Join us @ Falcons Landing, 20522 Falcons Landing Circle, Potomac Falls, VA

    NEX Bethesda, Maryland

    Mar - Apr 2018

    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 Kazak's. We would love to flop some carpets and earn your business!

    NEX Norfolk, Virginia

    May 2018

    ABC will return to our hometown and where we started this all. Our set up will be carefully chosen inventory of traditional handmade carpets inside the main entrance near Starbucks. You won't want to miss our new selections arriving with nearly new pieces from India and Afghan styles. We would love to flop some carpets and earn your business!

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s 68th Boule - Houston, Texas

    July 7, 2018 - July 13, 2018

    ABC is heading south to Houston, Texas to our first ever AKA Boule. 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.

    Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Boule - Dallas, Texas

    July 12, 2018 - July 15, 2018

    ABC is heading south to D , Texas to our first ever AKA Boule. 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.

    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's 81st Conclave - New Orleans, LA

    July 20, 2018 - July 24, 2018

    ABC is participating in its second event this week attending our first Omega Psi Phi Conclave. This will be the first introduction of our brand new handmade carpets to all the fraternity men.


    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.

    Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.'s Grand Boule - New Orleans, LA

    July 18, 2018 - July 22, 2018

    ABC is continuing our southern swing to New Orleans, LA to our first ever Zeta Phi Beta Boule. This will be the first introduction of our brand new handmade carpets to the sorority. We would love earn your business and are very excited about the event opportunity.

    MCCS Henderson Hall, Arlington, Virginia

    July- August 2018

    ABC will set up a carefully chosen inventory of traditional handmade carpets inside the Atrium Area @ MCX Henderson Hall. July 2018 - We traveled to our supplier for Afghan carpets (Kazaks and Chobi) and brought home nearly 200 new pieces. We would love to flop some carpets and earn your business!

    NEX Bethesda, Maryland

    August- September 2018

    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 Kazak's. We would love to flop some carpets and earn your business!

  • 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!

  • Contact Us

    Send us a message to get on our mailing list or to inquire about custom orders such as, but not limited to, class reunions, national Greek chapters, etc...