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European royalty enjoy a magic carpet ride at cocktail party with touch of Texas and India

European royalty enjoy magic carpet ride at Texas-meets-India party

Annie Thomas, from left, Elizabeth Abraham and Rachel Duvvuri at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Annie Thomas, from left, Elizabeth Abraham and Rachel Duvvuri. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Omana and Sam Abraham at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Omana and Sam Abraham. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Kristy Bradshaw, left, and Maria Lowrey at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Kristy Bradshaw, left, and Maria Lowrey. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Robert Sakowitz, from left, with Rachel and Raj Duvvuri at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Robert Sakowitz, from left, with Rachel and Raj Duvvuri. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Princess Maria Galitzine, from left, Prince Piotr Galitzine and Archduchess Maria Anna Galitzine
Princess Maria Galitzine, from left, Prince Piotr Galitzine and Archduchess Maria Anna Galitzine. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Candace Thomas, left, and Ting Bresnahan at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Candace Thomas, left, and Ting Bresnahan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Susan Hansen, from left, Elizabeth Abraham and Vicki West at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Susan Hansen, from left, Elizabeth Abraham and Vicki West. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Astley Blair, from left, with Siva and Teddy Adams at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Astley Blair, left, with Siva and Teddy Adams. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Will and Katie Miller at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Will and Katie Miller. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Valerie and Tracy Dieterich at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Valerie and Tracy Dieterich. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Carolyn Williams, left and  Joanne King Herring at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Carolyn Williams, left, and Joanne King Herring. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Jim Crownover, left, and Ralph Burch at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Jim Crownover, left, and Ralph Burch. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Geetha Mammen, left, and Sueha Kuruvilla at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Geetha Mammen, left, and Sueha Kuruvilla. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Annie Thomas, from left, Elizabeth Abraham and Rachel Duvvuri at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Omana and Sam Abraham at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Kristy Bradshaw, left, and Maria Lowrey at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Robert Sakowitz, from left, with Rachel and Raj Duvvuri at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Princess Maria Galitzine, from left, Prince Piotr Galitzine and Archduchess Maria Anna Galitzine
Candace Thomas, left, and Ting Bresnahan at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Susan Hansen, from left, Elizabeth Abraham and Vicki West at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Astley Blair, from left, with Siva and Teddy Adams at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Will and Katie Miller at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Valerie and Tracy Dieterich at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Carolyn Williams, left and  Joanne King Herring at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Jim Crownover, left, and Ralph Burch at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014
Geetha Mammen, left, and Sueha Kuruvilla at the Abraham's Oriental Rug dinner September 2014

Call it a housewarming party with a touch of Texas and a taste of India. That would best describe the lively cocktail party celebrating the West University relocation of Abrahams Oriental Rugs that doubled as a fundraiser for Houston Grand Opera.

After 38 years in the Decorative Center Houston, proprietors Sam and Omana Abraham have moved their wholesale trade showroom to an affluent artery of the city at Bartlett and Kirby. Longtime supporters of a variety of worthy causes, the Abrahams have regularly supported the Houston Grand Opera Ball by donating a rug for auction. For the grand opening, they raffled one of their prize carpets.

A jazz group performed while the 350 guests — designers, clients and friends — explored the new showroom and sampled a mix of Goode Company barbecue and Indian fare. 

Applauding the new space were Indian Consul General to Houston Parvathaneni Harish, Austrian Archduchess Maria-Anna Galitzine and Russian Prince Piotr Galitzine, Joanne King Herring, Richard Yates, Elizabeth Abraham, Kristy Bradshaw, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, Blanca and Roland Laurenzo, Annie and Abe Thomas and Rachel and Raj Duvurri.