Owner & Founder
Having an innate gift for design, Jasper backed it up with a degree in design from the University of Louisville and also attended Parsons School of Design in New York City. Jasper’s eye for quality was firmly rooted very early on. When she was just a college student she took her entire savings and bought five rugs at an estate sale. Even though they were not to her liking, she knew they were quality rugs. Taking them to a rug store she traded them for rugs more to her taste. Six years later, equipped with knowledge, she went out on her own and bought the firehouse which now serves to house an enormous collection of oriental rugs. Fran’s love of design can be seen everyday in the active selection of both new and antique oriental rugs through her travels to India, Turkey, and Morocco to name a few.
When she is not at the shop or traveling, Fran finds time to serve on numerous charity boards including Wellstone Hospital and Whitehall. In addition she is an active philanthropist for the Kentucky Humane Society.
I was born in Tehran, Iran. My father was manufacturer of Persian Meshad and Shiraz rugs, which are two different states in the country of Iran. He sold rugs all over Europe, especially London, Milan, and Hamburg. Eventually I moved to live with my aunt’s family in Italy but at age of 17 I moved to New York where I opened my own store and met many European rug dealers. I traveled across the United States in search of antique Oriental rugs for these dealers, which is how I learned my knowledge of the antique rug business. Through my traveling I met Fran Jasper in Louisville and we went into business together. I sold my businesses in other cities and have lived in Louisville for the past 35 years. Our business continues to grow and is doing better than ever.
Kristin graduated from the University of Louisville in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and has always had a passion for design. Prior to coming to FLJ, Kristin worked in property management at a large scale luxury apartment community in the local Louisville area and then moved on to work for a local custom drapery manufacturer before arriving at the firehouse. In her free time, Kristin can be found renovating her home with her husband and daughter.
Senior Sales Associate
A native of Louisville, Kyle began working working at FLJ as a delivery driver in January of 2012 and found a natural fit on the floor of the shop helping Fran and Joe select rugs for customers. Kyle has a unique love for antique oriental rugs coming out of the Caucasus Mountains. This style of textile developed from a culture that expressed gratitude for anything that provided comfort or beauty, hence the a boldness and deep sense of unity which is unsurpassed in the world of antique Oriental rugs. Stop in to see Kyle and learn about his knowledge of rugs which continues to grow to this day.
Danielle’s story begins in 2007 when she began working for her Aunt Fran at FLJ but eventually she moved on from Louisville in order to pursue Master’s degree in Art History with a focus in Islamic Art at the University of Massachusetts studying under the great Walter Denny. So bound with the knowledge of this mesmerizing culture, interwoven in history and art, she set out to travel to various parts of the Middle East. Morocco was her first stop and immediately became fascinated! She was captured by intricacies of the people who had been weaving carpets for hundreds of years for utility rather than decorative purposes. So now she works with Frances Lee Jasper Oriental Rugs remotely and loves the ever changing and evolving duties that come with it.
Delivery Driver/Sales Associate
We’re looking for a new delivery driver here at Frances Lee Jasper Oriental Rugs and are looking for a person who is committed to customer satisfaction, has a strong work ethic and promotes friendly interaction with customers. Please note that the job will require some heavy lifting.
Call 502-459-1044 to Apply