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Meet Robert Rickun of CMCD Carl Marias Carpet Design in West Hollywood Design District

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robert Rickun.

Robert, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My father was in the floor covering business and I worked with him part time, putting myself through undergraduate and graduate school. When I moved to California, I was not able to find a teaching job so, I fell back on what I knew floorcovering. When I moved to Southern California in 1991, I “graduated” to high end designer showroom experience. Which opened a whole new world for me.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When I moved to Southern California it was a bit of a struggle. I was not use to selling such high-end products. I was not used to dealing with Interior Designers. I was not use to long turn around times for an order. Since so much was custom, it could take months before an order would be completed.

The opportunity to come to CMCD in 2002 was exciting. Carl Marias had owned an operated the carpet store since 1948. When I came on board, I was given the opportunity to turn the showroom into one of the best Floor Covering Showrooms in the country.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
CMCD is a high end Designer Showroom on Beverly Boulevard. We are known for our great selection, impeccable service and competitive pricing. We specialize in rugs, wall to wall carpet and hardwood. We have a remarkable selection of custom rugs made in Nepal, Thailand, Argentina and India. We can offer custom designs and custom colors on all of our products. We have wall to wall carpet, mostly in wool from all over the globe. We have a complete selection of hardwood but specialize in custom hardwood designs. Our craftsmen are capable of on site and factory finishing. We are especially proud of the fact that we can accomplish any task that the designer requests. We are able to install all of our products. We ship and install all over the country.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I played in a number of different rock bands. Very active, very talkative, flamboyant in a rock and roll sort of way. Loved music, art and fashion. Time travel, castles etc. were high on the list.

This of course, is why I able to interact so well with interior designers. I have a taste in esthetic and I am able to offer opinions when asked.

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