The Covid-Free Kids Charity Auction

The Mashihi family legacy begins with Moossa Mashihi, 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 three design centers located in New York, Maryland, 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 strengthened. That effort includes support to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Tennessee) in 2011

Ten charities have been identified to receive ten percent of the auction proceeds. By now, with enough people vaccinated, the auction can be held in-person. Additionally, it will be livestreamed for the convenience of auction lovers everywhere, by online auction platforms Veno Art, Liveauctioneers, Invaluable, Bidsquare, and Drouot Online (Paris), These international auctioneers will manage bidding of a wide and unique selection of top-quality floor and wall coverings, paintings, sculpture, photography, and home furnishings offered by Fine Rugs NY, Veno Art, and Chevy Chase Design Center.

The auction will take place September 19-20 in the Washington, DC, area, according to Covid-19 protocols for in-person gatherings and by livestream. Each day there will also be exhibits, meet-the-artist sessions, and educational and cultural presentations.  

  • Victor Mashihi: Auction Sponsoring Director, Owner of Mashihi Collections and Design Centers
  • Vahid Bichoupan: Rug Department Director
  • Dulce Gonzalez: Assistant Director I
  • Victor Lutes: Assistant Director II

Other Team Members: 

  • Saeid Keshmiri: Lead Rugs Expert 
  • Faraj Mizrahi: Sales Department Director
  • Hannah True Seards: Sales Manager
  • William Damaso: Transportation Department