SHOP BY COLLECTION
THE STORY BEHIND JB FINE RUGS
“My father was a self-made man who came from humble beginnings in Punjab. He started his career in Hong Kong and eventually came to Canada where he set up a successful shop first in Winnipeg and subsequently in Vancouver,” explains his son George Sandhu. “He had a great eye and an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of rug making. One of his pleasures was his annual buying trips to Asia where he would do the rounds and select only the finest for his Canadian customers.”
“Dad would put aside some of his favourite rugs after each buying expedition,” he continues. “It is these treasures that will be on public display for the first time and offered for sale.”
Mr. Sandhu’s collection of rugs is from Persia, East Asia and West Asia. Each rug is handmade and unique and will never be duplicated. They are priceless in that the handmade rug industry has been decimated due to political instability and unrest, which makes them even more precious and rare.
Having succumbed to the travel bug, Bakhshish Sandhu arrived in Hong Kong at the age of — in 1971 without any formal training or financial support from family or friends. After working in several sectors he decided to pursue his passion for art, antiques and rugs. Determined to be his own boss, he opened his own rug shop in 1973 in Hong Kong, which he successfully operated until 2001. He moved to Winnipeg in 1990 where he operated a second store on Academy Road in Winnipeg from 1990 to 1995. His final store was in Vancouver, which he operated from 1995 until his retirement in 2001. Now for the first time in two decades, we are offering this remarkable collection to the general population.