Twenty-five years ago Stephen Miller opened the Stephen Miller Gallery in 1991 after 40 years of experience in his hometown in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Stephen Miller gallery has been dedicated to selling hand-woven oriental rugs that have ranged from antique to the, now more popular, contemporary rugs. Miller works with the carpet producers themselves varying from various cultures such as India, Turkey and Pakistan, and strives to not only build great relationships with his clients and producers but also satisfy his art drive with the various designs that he sees.
Throughout the years, Miller has continued his business due to his interest in the East Asia Culture, the eastern culture, as well as the artistic component of the business. Miller also expressed his interest in the impact that a well-designed rug brings to one’s home. His admiration for selling rugs has failed to diminish because of the transformation that rugs have gone through throughout the years,
“We started with rugs that are nothing close to what we sell today,” Miller explains.
However with success come challenges.
“You don’t always sell everything you buy,” Miller says. “Its frustrating because its hard to meet expectations sometimes, there’s a time element to making things work.”
Outside of his business, Stephen Miller continues to be a student of culture as well as a traveler and swimmer.
About the photo-journalist: Jose Sainz-Medina
This collection of photographs and articles serves as a form of storytelling; it highlights business owners who have established their roots in Menlo Park and have faced challenges, as well as notable achievements throughout their lives. Jose Sainz-Medina hopes to serve as a visual storyteller. A storyteller who can interpret the stories that people, like business owners, want to tell about themselves and their business, explaining who they are and what their business provides to the community. After four years of studying photography and two years of journalism at Eastside College Prep high school, Jose developed a love for both visually and verbally communicating to those who are willing to listen. In his spare time, Jose spends hours at his local Starbucks making coffee, as well as focusing his photography towards architecture and natural landscapes. In the fall, Jose will face his own challenges as he begins his college career at the University of California, Riverside.