Since it is my last few days in the city, I had to visit my favorite store, ABC Carpet & Home, yesterday evening. I first found the store last summer when I interned near their store on Broadway and 19th Street. Every item, even if it doesn’t work with my tastes, is unusual and pretty. I never leave without having tons of ideas for my home.In 1897, an Austrian immigrant named Sam Weinrib sold used carpets and unusual fabrics from a pushcart in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. His son, Max, turned the business into a discount carpet store. In 1961, Max’s son Jerome moved the business to the current location and, along with his daughter Paulette, in the 1980s, created the world’s largest rug and carpet store. I love to browse the six floor emporium because it feels like you are in a bazaar of beautiful things. The mix of antiques with artist made accessories is enough to inspire anyone. I am always overtaken by the number of chandeliers that hang overhead and the stacks of decorative pillows. Shoppers can always find a small gift or buy themselves something, like a luxurious bedding set. The store never ceases to amaze me and I am sad that I will now only have the internet to satisfy my ABC fix at www.abchome.com (although they now have locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Harrods’ in London, and Delray Beach, Florida).
I took some photos of the entrance and store windows, which are shown above. Looks like I need to incorporate some orange into my life! Below are pictures from their site of the inside of the store. Besides selling beautiful things, the company is trying to make the world a better place with their ABC Home & Planet Foundation. I love this store and think that everything about it is perfect. They even have a showroom of the luxurious Hastens beds! You can shop, take a break by testing out the mattresses, and then grab some chocolate or a bite to eat.