Erik is the founder and innovator of our Hand Knotted masterpieces. A 26 year military pilot, Naval Officer and veteran of the Iraqi war - He graduate of the College of William & Mary, where he played baseball. Fly Navy!
Following in his father's footsteps, Aziz has been looming and selling handmade carpets to the military servicemen and women for over 40 years. Aziz is an Artist and Unbelievable talent! Thank you Aziz for being on the team...
Master Businessman, Friend & CEO of his multigenerational family business, 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!
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!
Who We Are
A Veteran Owned Small Carpet 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, Hand Knotted 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.
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.
Hand Knotted 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.