The Mir family dynasty started with weavers – handmade shawls and needlework eventually progressed into handwoven carpets. In the late 1800s in Kashmir, the Mir family brought their carpets to the British army, who were stationed in India. They went on horse carts, travelling across the country to both enlighten the public to their craft, and sell their tasteful carpets. They were successful, and at the turn of the 20th century Mir Ghulam Hassan & Sons was created – a business that would eventually be known as Lotto Carpets Gallery.
The Mir family has spent six generations carefully creating and curating elegant carpets. Mr Abid’s great-grandfather wove ultrafine carpets by hand until he lost his eyesight late in life – but even then, all it took was the sound of a carpet being thrown on the floor for him to tell you the exact make and quality of the carpet.
In 1978, Mr Abid travelled to London, where he had a warehouse on Bond Street that supplied his beautiful carpets to the entire South-East Asian market. In 1981, he decided that a move to Singapore was in the cards, and brought his stunning collection with him.
Lotto Carpets Gallery was named after Mr Abid’s favourite carpet – the Lotto Ushak; a hand-knotted Turkish carpet conceptualized in the 16th century, and characterized by a stylized, lacy arabesque pattern. This beautiful carpet was so influential to Mr. Abid that he incorporated it into the company’s logo.