1st Bid Auction is a Family Business
Since 1916, the Mashihi Family has curated a vast collection of fine, vintage, antique rugs and tapestries and fine arts from around the world. We have always been the source of unique and rare antique rugs and tapestries for interior decorators, clients, and celebrities throughout the United States and abroad. We also have been a consultant and an appraiser for many important estates. We are known to be accurate and fair with our estimates, prices, evaluation, and expertise throughout.
Moossa Mashihi (right) was the founder of the Mashihi family Art & Rug business since 1916. He moved from Persia to Cairo Egypt where he curated one of the best collections of fine Persian rugs. He also dealt with many decorators and royalties. Most of them were impressed by the rare and unique quality that they bought.
The Mashihi family legacy begins with Moossa Mashihi, the grandfather of Victor. In the early 20th century, Mashihi senior deeply admired the art and crafts of his native Iran and was a pioneering promoter of Persian art in the Global North through a network that he cultivated among royal families and other dignitaries. Khan Moossa’s love of the arts extended to European tapestries. Upon his passing in 1975, Victor’s father became the head of the Mashihi collections, expanding the business and also deepening the family’s commitment to humanitarianism.
In 1975, Victor Mashihi took the reins and moved the business to the United States, expanding to two design centers located in New York, and Washington, DC. At the same time, the family’s legacy to help others, be fair and leave the world a better place has only been strengthened. That effort includes support to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Tennessee) in 2011.
We also have been a consultant and an appraiser for many important estates.
We are known to be accurate and fair with our estimates, prices, evaluation, and expertise throughout.