Hadji Rahimipour has been the Director of Bonhams Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets Department in San Francisco since 1989. He started at the company in 1983, where he began his career in the antiques auction industry and developed a thorough knowledge of rugs and carpets.
Prior to his position at Bonhams, Rahimipour resided in Teheran, Iran where he collected and sold rugs as a part-time job and hobby, in addition to his studies.
Rahimipour's education spans various disciplines: He studied at London's College of Mechanical Engineering, and earned his BA from the College of Teheran in Physical Education and Physical Therapy. Aside from these studies, he actively pursued an interest in art - and especially in rugs.
While Rahimipour specialises in rugs, his expertise also includes automobiles, a knowledge he often puts to use as an appraiser at Bonhams. In his personal time, Rahimipour has participated in both professional and amateur soccer. He was an acclaimed forward with the Persepolis club, one of Iran's top teams, as well as playing for the Iranian National Futbol team. He continues an interest in soccer, volunteering with local sports organisations in northern California.