Family Business: Martinous Oriental Rug Company


Martinous Oriental Rug Company

Little Rock, AR


David Martinous, owner of Martinous Oriental Rug Company, has been heavily involved in his family-owned business for the past 51 years.

Martinous says his business is based on high ethics, strong morals and great service.
“Our family business is unique because of the years of experience in what we do, who we are and how we conduct our business,” he says.

He says the biggest change his business has seen is the Internet.

“More and more people are buying online, there’s so much more to choose from… My biggest competitor is the Internet, not other stores in the state,” he says.

David Martinous’ father, Carl, started the business with David’s uncles, Shamel, Phil and Ben and his father’s cousin, Charles Malick.

Martinous’ mother, Dorothy carried on the business in Fort Smith and Little Rock in 1958 shortly after Carl passed away from cancer.

In 1966 David took over the company.

“Rugs have always fascinated me… I feel like I was born to be in the business. I love what I do.”

Martinous says it’s important to give back to the community.

He says he is very proud of what he has done. He also thinks his family would be very proud him.

Martinous’ wife, Cynthia, has also been a huge supporter of his business.

“I think they would be very proud about how I’ve carried it on and I expect it to be carried on in the future in the same way,” he says.

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