A Family Affair
It all started when…
The Ipek - A. Ipektchi GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1952 in Hamburg by Abolghassem Ipektchi. However, the history of the Iranian family business Ipek can be traced much further back. Already the name suggests the business field of the Ipektchi family.
In Turkish “Ipek” means "silk" and the “Chi” at the end means as much as a craftsman, thus someone who works with silk. Therefore, it is not at all remote that Abolghassem Ipektchi's great-grandfather Hadji Nasrollah Ipektchi already lived and worked as a textile and silk trader in Tabriz in the second half of the 19th century, thus setting the course for today's carpet business. Tabriz belongs to the Azerbaijani part of Iran, which is why Azerbaijani Turkish is the first language. For this reason, the family origins in the Turkish language.
In 1942, the family moved from the northeastern part of Iran to the capital Tehran, and just 10 years later, Abolghassem Ipektchi moved to the port city of Hamburg, where he founded the import and export business.
The company ventured to take its first steps in Hamburg's famous Speicherstadt next to the port, which already had a century-long tradition of trade, and thus the small family business found itself in the best company between Indian spice suppliers and South American coffee importers.
Abholghassem Ipektchi quickly made a respectable name in the busy world of importers and, above all, customers. His calm nature and the correct "Hanseatic" handling of the business made him a trustworthy partner and with a great passion for his profession and his extensive knowledge, he became a specialist for the Persian carpet, far beyond the borders of Hamburg.
In 1984, Dr. lli Ipektchi joined the company of his father as a medical doctor and supports the further expansion of the company.In the early mid-90s, the warehouse in the Speicherstadt had reached its maximum utilization volume, which is why the grown-up importer moved to the Borsteler Chaussee in order to be able to map the expanded offer in a larger warehouse.
In 2007, Abholgassem Ipektchi, affectionately known as “Senior” by his employees, passed away. Ever since Dr. Ali-Reza Ipektchi is directing the company.