Located on the corner of 10th and Glisan in the historic Pearl
District of Portland, OR, Tufenkian’s 8,000 square foot showroom offers
the design community an exciting and convenient shopping experience.
All of Tufenkian’s carpet designs are deeply rooted in artisan and
cultural traditions while simultaneously focusing one eye on the
unexpected. New this season is a selection of styles characterized by
bold colors and large-scale graphic design. In addition to its Core
Tibetan and Armenian lines, Tufenkian offers the Designers' Reserve
Collection, a collaboration between James Tufenkian and designers such
as Barbara Barry, Mark Pollack, Kevin Walz, and Vicente Wolf.
The Showroom's inviting environment and knowledgeable staff make it
easy to select a carpet for immediate delivery or to design custom rugs
for your clients. A full range of contract, residential and hospitality
services are offered, including new hand tufted options in wool and
Additionally, located next door is the Tufenkian Portland Outlet Store – the only outlet center for classic Tufenkian Artisan Carpets in
the country that features discontinued designs or colors, samples,
antiques, and special purchases from around the world. These Tufenkian
originals are available to designers and consumers at tremendous savings
of up to 70% off retail prices every day, all year long.
515 NW 10th Avenue,
Portland, OR 97209
Toll Free: 800.928.6671
Showroom hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m; Saturday 10:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meet our Staff
Derrek Becker, Tufenkian Outlet Web Sales
Derrek joined the Tufenkian Portland staff in June 2011. He obtained his M.A. in Interior Design from Washington State University, Spokane where he wrote his thesis on place attachment and material culture in North America. He also has a B.A. in Interior Design from California State University, Fresno. Derrek has a broad knowledge of art, design, color and space planning. He will use his extensive interior design skills and over fifteen years of personalized sales experience to delight long distance clients across the Nation and abroad.
Nora Van Stelten, Showroom Sales
Nora joined Tufenkian in June 2013. With a B.F.A. in studio art and 14 years in the interior design field, she offers clients an artful, authentic experience. Nora has extensive knowledge of custom furnishings, fabrics, reupholstery, flooring, lighting, window treatments and space planning. Her career began in Minnesota, working in her mother’s furniture showroom. Branching out to work in Montana and eventually Oregon, she has earned the respect of a discerning clientele and developed lasting relationships. Her appreciation for design, craftsmanship, history and luxury has sparked her passion for Tufenkian carpets. She’s proud to represent a company that is socially and environmentally responsible. Nora enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, being outdoors and exploring the beautiful Northwest.
Merridy Gerlach, Showroom Manager
A solid design background, a commitment to customer service and a strong appreciation for the Tufenkian core values have guided Merridy in our Portland Showroom since 1997. Merridy’s design aesthetic and knowledge of the hundreds of Tufenkian carpets is invaluable to her many new and returning clients as she steers them towards the optimal rug for their particular needs. She weaves easily through large and small scale projects, juggling both intricate custom work, complicated installations and first time buyers. Understanding that a happy client is a return client, Merridy is hands-on from selection thru installation. Treating the rugs like the artwork they are, she revels in explaining the rich history and social responsibility behind the Tufenkian brand and making each client see the multi-faceted beauty of each Tufenkian carpet.
Trent Jacobs, Shipping and Receiving
Trent joined Tufenkian in 2011 and has over 6 years experience working with handmade carpet showrooms in the Portland area. He holds an Associates in Professional Music with an emphasis in Audio Engineering from Portland Community College and also studied music at Portland State University.
Kam Sisco, Operations Manager/Sales Support
Kam joined Tufenkian in 2007. For over seven years Kam worked in the Architecture & Engineering industry where he played many different valuable rolls and tasks including contract management, project administration, marketing support and accounting. He holds a Certificate of Accounting from Portland Community College. Kam attended the University of Oregon where he studied theatre arts and music. He is currently back in the academic world and is pursuing an Applied Associates of Science in Business Management and will graduate in June 2013. Kam's diverse skill set in the administrative and operations field makes him a great asset to the Tufenkian team.
Dave Weidkamp, TufenkianOutlet.com Manager
Working with Tufenkian since 1997, Dave has a bachelors degree in Sociology and Religious Studies and worked four years in commercial banking and an adventure travel business before joining Tufenkian full time in 2002. Two years later David pioneered the internet businesses of Tufenkian selling closeout rugs via TufenkianOutlet.com, providing the opportunity to work with both interior designers and their clients across the country. In 2007 he developed the concept of the The Tufenkian Archive which in 2011 was renamed the Portland Outlet Store and is currently the only Tufenkian owned store in the country devoted to closeouts and sample rugs. Drawing from authentic, handmade carpets from our Armenian and Tibetan collections, the Portland location also blends in special purchases such as antiques, traditional Gabbeh and Heriz designs from Iran.