Dover Hosts Qais Akbar Omar’s Book Signing

Qais & Mahmud

On Wednesday night, we hosted an event we have been anticipating for a long time, a book signing and presentation by Qais Akbar Omar, author of the internationally acclaimed memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers and manager of a family carpet business in Kabul, Afghanistan.  As part of a “Globe Insiders” event with The Boston Globe, Omar shared the story of his family’s remarkable survival against unbelievable odds, living through a brutal civil war and Taliban rule. With the help of pictures of the Fort of Nine Towers and other sites mentioned in his book, Omar explained why it is important for Americans to understand Afghanistan’s rich culture, history and traditions. Even though autographed copies of his book were available for purchase, we were thrilled to see guests walking into the event with their copy of the book already in tow. Omar was clearly thrilled by the turnout and eager to share his story.

Audience

Hosting this event meant a great deal to Dover Rug & Home because like Omar, we feel it’s very important to share a culture and heritage of a very important and misunderstood region in the world (with our CEO, Mahmud Jafri, being from Pakistan). It’s also important to us to share the tradition of rug making, which we feel is the world’s most intricate and beautiful art form. We want to thank Qais Akbar Omar for sharing and touching us all with his story, The Boston Globe for helping organize such a great event and the many guests who helped make this night so special. The energy and excitement was extraordinary and we are grateful for the overwhelming support and interest into a region not normally exposed to.

Qais & Mahmud

Book Signing

Dover Rug & Home Fall Events

We are pleased to sponsor several events this fall that offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the culture, history and tradition of rug making and the countries where these pieces of art are created:

Qais
Book signing & presentation by Qais Akbar Omar, Author of internally acclaimed memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers
Wednesday, September 25th from 6:30PM-8:30PM
Dover Rug & Home- 721 Worcester Road, Natick (Rte. 9), MA 01760
Free event, pre-registration is required. To register, go to https://qaisaomar.eventbrite.com/

Learn of a family’s remarkable survival against unbelievable odds as Qais Akbar Omar, manager of a family carpet business in Kabul, Afghanistan, tells the story of living through a brutal civil war and Taliban rule from his memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers, which New York Times Book Review says is “…mind-boggling yet matter-of-fact. “A Fort of Nine Towers” is the memoir of a childhood in ’90s Afghanistan – a riveting story of war as seen through a child’s eyes and summoned from an adult’s memory.” Autograph copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Colors

The Colors of India – a celebration of culture and the art of rug making
Saturday, September 28th; Tuesday, October 1st; Thursday, October 3rd from 6:30PM – 9:00PM
American Islamic Congress – 38 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Free event, pre-registration is required. To register, go to https://colorsofindia.eventbrite.com/

Presented as part of Boston’s first, semi-annual ARTWEEK celebration, this presentation is a “cultural experience” that offers a rare glimpse into the world of rug-making, with a showing of the acclaimed documentary “The Colors of India.” Also enjoy traditional Indian food, beverages and music.

The Art of Rug Weaving – A Rug-Making Journey
Saturday, October 19th; Sunday, October 20th from 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Dover Rug & Home – 721 Worcester Road, Natick (Rte. 9), MA 01760
Free event, no pre-registration is required.

Presented as part of NATICK OPEN ART STUDIOS (NOAS), enjoy live weaving demonstrations and learn from experts the “stories” behind some unusual antique and oriental rugs. Enjoy the award-winning documentary “The Colors of India” (on-going) and bring in your oriental rug to receive a FREE appraisal.