Curriculum Vitae

Overview

  • Former Deputy Manager and Product Manager for Oundjian SA in Zurich
  • Former Head of Department for carpets and flatweaves, Auctioneer and manager at Philippe Schuler Versteigerungen AG
  • Independent entrepreneur and appraiser for courts, insurance companies, communities of heirs and private individuals.
  • Member of the BSOT Germany (Federal Association of Experts in oriental, handwoven carpets and flatweave e.V.)
  • Expert of the SOV Switzerland (Swiss Association of dealers in oriental carpets)
  • Expert and consultant at ABF Art Consulting Sàrl, Genêve
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We would like to introduce you to Karl Freitas, Auctionata expert in Rugs.

As an 18 year old high-school graduate, Karl Freitas visits a local carpet dealership in order to earn some money on the side. It is here that he enters into the world of carpets for the first time and discovers his passion for the valuable textiles. Particularly the different cultures, versatile patterns and bright colors delighted the expert from the onset.

The expert begins his career in the carpet trade in 1985 with the Türkas Import/Export AG in Zurich as a warehouse clerk and sales assistant. He simultaneously absolves his studies at the local business school, allowing him to swiftly rise through the ranks and take over responsibility for debtor and creditor accounting.

He would subsequently work as executive assistant and Sales Manager for the carpet wholesaler Oundjian SA in Zurich. During the following years, the expert worked as Sales Manager, Deputy Managing Director and CEO of Oundjan GmbH , D- Korntal-Münchingen. In this position, he was not only responsible for the product management, but also for key-account management, international purchasing as well as production, particularly in China

After switching to the Swiss auction house Philippe Schuler Versteigerungen AG, Karl Freitas experienced his first taste of the auction world. Alongside his responsibilities for the carpet and flatweave department, he also worked in general acquisition, as auctioneer and deputy manager of the auction house.

Today, the expert can draw on over 30 years of experience in the trade of old, antique and modern carpets and flatweaves. Thanks to countless sourcing trips to China, Persia and Anatolia, alongside international customer contacts and encounters with carpet experts, Karl Freitas was not only able to build up a far-reaching network, but could also continually expand his expertise. 

Since 2011, the independent entrepreneur has worked as a freelance consultant for the courts, lawyers, insurance companies, communities of heirs and private individuals. In addition, he has worked as a carpet expert and art consultant at ABF Art Consulting Sàrl, which has its headquarters in Geneva. As a member of SOV (Schweizerische Orientteppichhändler Vereinigung) and in close cooperation with the IGOT (Schweizerische Interessengemeinschaft Orientteppich), the expert engaged himself to combat anglistiscs deception and fraud in connection with cleanings, restorations and the sale of carpets.

Karl Freitas lives and works in Zurich.