As Jacobsen Rugs nears 100-year mark, staff is split on carpet business future (video)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Brent Goodsell began selling fine imported carpets at Jacobsen Rugs in 1976.



a room filled with furniture and a large window: Many rolls of rugs for sale at Jacobsen Rugs in Syracuse.


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Many rolls of rugs for sale at Jacobsen Rugs in Syracuse.

Back then, he was one of 25 Jacobsen staffers showing handwoven rugs to buyers in the Dey Brothers department store. Thick seller logs from the 1970s and ’80s showed large daily sales. Some logs listed dozens of customers in one day, each paying thousands of dollars. Business was strong.



clothes hanging on a wall: Jacobsen Rugs keeps many different yarns and threads to make small carpet repairs in-house.


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Jacobsen Rugs keeps many different yarns and threads to make small carpet repairs in-house.

Today, Jacobsen Rugs has a staff of four and the sale logs are thin. The last decade has been peppered by start-and-stop announcements of the shop’s final days.



a room with a large window: Many rolls of rugs for sale at Jacobsen Rugs in Syracuse.


© Katrina Tulloch | ktulloch@syracuse.com/Katrina Tulloch/syracuse.com/TNS
Many rolls of rugs for sale at Jacobsen Rugs in Syracuse.

In 2010, Jacobsen held

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