Ellen and Aaron pioneered oriental rug training in 1992 and have instructed over 2,400 students. Now, they offer you this limited enrollment, in-depth training, and mentoring at The Casbah, Oriental Rug Cleaning Co., in Dallas, Texas. Learn from the experts who literally “wrote the book” on cleaning oriental and specialty rugs and share in their wide-ranging experience.
Ellen Amirkhan is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree and Southern Methodist University with a Master of Liberal Arts degree. She is President of Oriental Rug Cleaning Co., Inc., in Dallas, Texas, a business started by her grandfather in 1911 that specializes in cleaning, repairing, appraising, and selling oriental rugs.
A past president of the Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration (ASCR) - now the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) - Ellen develops and teaches oriental rug schools for the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and other recognized groups across the United States and England, and is a co-developer of the Master Rug Cleaner Program.
In addition, she consults and serves as an expert witness for the legal profession.
Ellen holds the designations of
Ellen’s awards include the
Aaron Groseclose (MasterBlend) is a graduate of Woodbury University with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Golden Gate University, Los Angeles, with an Master of Business Administration. He is a past owner of California Carpet Care, Woodland Hills, California.
He is President of MasterBlend, a Colorado-based manufacturer of rug and carpet cleaning chemicals and equipment.
Aaron is a Senior Carpet Inspector, Master Textile Cleaner and Certified Rug Specialist and develops and instructs carpet, upholstery, and oriental rug cleaning seminars in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. He is also a regular columnist for ICS magazine and co-developer of the Master Rug Cleaner Program.
Aaron holds the designation of Certified Rug Specialist (CRS) from The Association of Rug Care Specialists (ARCS).
He is the recipient of:
- The Golden Quill Award from Cleaning and Restoration magazine
- The Joe Laurino Memorial Award for support of the California Fabric Institute.
He has five adult children and resides with his wife in California.
Armen Dohanian III is a fourth generation rug cleaner. His family owns a 100 + year old rug cleaning and restoration business in Boston, Massachusetts. Armen is vice-president of operations at the Oriental Rug Cleaning Company in Dallas. He is a Certified Master Rug Cleaner®, ARCS Certified Rug Specialist (CRS), and a member of the International Society of Appraisers.