Dover Rug & Home Proudly Sponsors Harvard University’s Pakistan Business Conference

As a local business with strong ties to Pakistan, Dover Rug & Home is very much immersed in the topic of business relations in the country. For three generations, the Jafri family has been designing, weaving, and exporting fine, hand-knotted rugs and carpeting from Pakistan, and even operates a manufacturing facility in the country. We were thrilled at the opportunity to be able to sponsor a recent Pakistan business conference held at Harvard University on April 26th, 2012. Moderated by Professor Lakshami Iyer of Harvard Business School, the conference, titled Rising Above the Tide, focused on the current challenges regarding entrepreneurship and business in Pakistan. The evening featured contributions from distinguished presenters, prominent Boston-area Pakistani businessmen, and Harvard University students. A panel comprised of renowned experts and businessmen, such as presenter Dr. Ishrat Hussain, the former governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, and keynote speaker Munir Akram, the former Pakistan Ambassador to the United Nations, discussed the importance of building regional economic integration as a means to foster economic and business ties, especially between Pakistan and India.

Standing: (l to r) Shahid Khan; Barry D. Hoffman, Consul General of Pakistan (Boston); Muhammad Mudassir Tipu from the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, Mahmud Jafri, President of Dover Rug & Home; Dr. Khalil Khatri of Boston; Dr. Sharukh Jalisi, Boston Sitting: (l to r) Mariam Chugtai, Chairperson of the event and Muhammad Aamer, Commercial Counsellor at the Consulate General in New York City

We are honored to be a part of such an impactful dialogue about issues that are truly meaningful and relevant. Mahmud Jafri, CEO of Dover Rug & Home, said he was “very proud to be associated with such an engaging and important discussion,” especially since he considers strengthening Pakistan’s business relationships to be extremely imperative.

Mahmud Jafri, President, Dover Rug & Home, Barry D. Hoffman, Consul General of Pakistan in Boston

For more information about the conference, visit the Harvard Pakistan Student Group website at

Photo credit: Harvard Pakistan Student Group

All About Laminate Flooring

When people hear the word “laminate,” sheets of paper covered in plastic often come to mind. But to the surprise of many, laminate material can also be used in flooring.

Laminate floors have become an increasingly popular choice over the years, due to their resilience, durability, and affordability.  Laminate flooring is a great choice for any room, especially in kitchens. There are many benefits to using laminate floors, including:

  • Able to realistically imitate the look of natural materials, such as stone, tile, and wood
  • Stain, scratch, and dent resistant
  • Resist burns, moisture, fading from sunlight, and the impact of dropped objects
  • Extremely durable
  • Requires less upkeep than carpets, hardwood flooring, or natural materials
  • Only maintenance is regular sweeping and occasional damp-mopping
  • Warranties can range from 10 years to a lifetime
  • Can be installed anywhere in the home
  • Much cheaper than hardwood flooring, but with the same look
  • Easy installation
  • If the floor does happen to get damaged, it is usually very easy to fix
  • Doesn’t attract nearly as much dust, allergens, and pet dander as carpeting—good for people with allergies
  • Variety of styles to choose from

So next time you are choosing flooring options for your home, consider laminate flooring. If you have any questions about how to select the best flooring for your home, please feel free to contact us directly or post a question below!

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