Oscar S. Tatosian
Director Isberian Rugs
Oscar S. Tatosian was born on June 6, 1961 in Wilmette, Illinois. He graduated from New Trier High School in 1979 and continued his studies at Texas Christian University where he achieved a B.S. in Business, 1983. While there, he also served as President of Phi Kappa Sigma, his social fraternity.
Along with his brother, Sarkis, Tatosian has continued to develop the family business – Oscar Isberian Rugs –founded by their grandfather in 1920. He is President of the firm which imports, distributes, and retails fine oriental rugs and carpets to clients, interior designers, and architects throughout the United States. In 1996, Oscar Isberian Rugs was recognized as National Rug Retailer of the year.
Oscar community service in Chicago has included President of the Auxiliary Guild Board of The Lyric Opera of Chicago (2013-present), member of the Auxiliary Board of The Art Institute of Chicago 1995-2005), and since 1993 as a member of the Chicago Committee of The Royal Oak Foundation, helping to promote and preserve important English architecture.
Additionally, he has actively promoted the interests of the Armenian-American community with service to a number of its support groups: Chairman of the Diocesan Counsel for the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America 1996-2012; Member of Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church Board of Trustees, 2012-Present; Board Member of St. Seminary serving the three Diocese of the Armenian Church in North America, 2012-Present; Elected delegate to the National Ecclesiastical Assembly for the election of the Catholicos, 1999; Board Member for the Fund for Armenian Relief, 2012-Present; and Board Member of the Armenian Assembly of America, 2012-Present.
Subsequently, he has received various honors: the AGBU Award / Yvonne Banks Award for community service, 1996; the St. Medal given by His Holiness II, 2007; the Ellis Island Medal of Honor given the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation, 2009; and the Founders Award from Design for Dignity (an interior design industry organization), 2013.
Oscar Tatosian has consistently promoted Armenian culture, history, and heritage to a wide variety of local and national organizations – and has travelled to Armenia twelve times in the last twenty years. He was recently appointed the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Armenia in Chicago.