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J W Jennings' 50th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 14:18 11 January 2011 | UPDATED: 17:32 20 February 2013

Chris Vin and Isaac Gorjian.

Chris Vin and Isaac Gorjian.

The streets of Tewkesbury came alive with a sight more accustomed to the Arabian Peninsula as Clare Jennings of Oriental rug specialists J W Jennings arrived at the showroom on camel back.

The streets of Tewkesbury came alive with a sight more accustomed to the Arabian Peninsula as Clare Jennings of Oriental rug specialists J W Jennings arrived at the showroom on camel back.

The event was staged as part of J W Jennings 50th anniversary of trading in Tewkesbury and Clare was welcomed by a crowd of guests who had been invited to a reception to celebrate the occasion.

In 1960, Tewkesbury joined the famous carpet centres of the East when Jack Jennings opened a specialist Oriental rug shop. For over forty years he helped establish friendship and close relationships with weavers and tribes-people who even now still help select the finest examples of their work for J W Jennings.

Today Jacks daughter Clare Jennings continues the family business with frequent buying trips to the major carpet weaving countries, where the rugs are still made in exactly the same way as they have been for thousands of years. On her travels, she also searches for unusual artefacts and objects, from small wooden Indian elephants and painted papier mache boxes to intricate Persian copperware and beautiful pencil boxes.


Photography by Shaun Thompson

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