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Magic Carpet flies on

Photo submitted by Paul and Eileen Jorgensen

The Magic Carpet, which has operated for 33 years in Nevada City, will continue to fly, as its owners have announced an agreement for the business to be operated under new management.

The owners originally announced in March 2012 they planned to close the business but have since found another option to keep operating.

“Paul and Eileen Jorgensen are happy to announce that The Magic Carpet is going to continue providing fine Oriental rugs and beautiful ethnic artifacts under new management,” a news release stated Wednesday. “In the process of liquidating the shop’s inventory for their retirement, owners Paul and Eileen recently began a conversation with old friends and rug lovers Peter Cohen and his wife, Carolien van Straten, about the possibility of keeping The Magic Carpet flying.”



Now that possibility has become a reality, the Jorgensens announced.

“As of tomorrow, the shop will close for restoration and inventory and then, in the middle of February, will open under new management,” the Jorgensens stated in an email to The Union.




Cohen and van Straten will reopen the Magic Carpet in February, the release states. The Jorgensens will continue as buyers for the business and plan to travel the world, sending back gems for the foothills’ distinctive clientele. Expert washing, repair and appraisal services will continue as usual, they announced.

“The Magic Carpet would like to express heartfelt gratitude to its customers who have come by and shared their appreciation and concern about the Magic Carpet closing and supported the plan to continue. Their voice was heard,” the Jorgensens stated in the release.


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