These people are thieves with a capital T ! - The owner/manager is in jail now for many years, Saeid Maralan. - But this is what he and his wife, who currently works in the San Clemente and Laguna Beach stores, did to me....He picked up my natural silk 9x12 rug and another natural silk 5x3 rug for cleaning. This was about 8 years ago. - I gave him $350. cash for the cleaning and pick-up and delivery from my house in Ladera Ranch. - A day later, a woman called me from the store, who I now believe to be his wife. She told me that one of the store managers wanted to buy my rug from me. I told her no, it was not for sale. She told me that I could pick out any 2 rugs in the whole store in exchange for my 1 large silk rug. I again said no thank-you. A few days later another store owner called to again ask if I would sell my rug, as the store manager wanted it. Again, I said no thank-you. A few days later, Saeid Maralan called to say that my rugs had been cleaned and they were ready for delivery. He asked me if I would like the 2 rugs to be wrapped. I told him yes, that would be nice, was there an extra charge? He said no, no charge. - The next day he delivered my 2 rugs all wrapped nicely in heavy brown paper. He said I should take good care of them, they were so nice and also so valuable, which I already knew. He said that they were worth about $48,000. together. I thanked him and he left. - I was preparing to move soon, so I figured I would not even have to open the wrapped rugs, as they were going into storage in a few days. Yes, you guessed it.....they did go into storage for about 5 years. When I got them out of storage and opened the wrappers...different rugs. And not just different rugs, but old, cheap cotton rugs soaked in animal urine and stains. - I called the store when I finished cleaning up the contents of my stomach off the floor. Of course no one knew me or knew of any such rugs, no manager, no nothing without receipts, which of course I didn't have. So basically, I was had. I had nothing, no proof.\r
I have since gotten over this tragedy for the most part. And learned several lessons, I have also intended to still meet up with Maralan's wife in San Clemente one day, but who knows, I mean, where would it get me? - --- Whenever I get the chance to trash this 'rug gallery', I will.