Oriental Rug Cleaning Certified Training Program




Next course is March 14-16, 2019

Learn from two of the true acknowledged experts in the industry:

I would like to thank you both very much for putting on such a great course.  Over the 2 x 3 days, I learned a great deal, met some great people and had a very enjoyable time. 
-Peter Rowan

Ellen Amirkhan, third-generation rug cleaning expert, Certified Rug Specialist, Appraiser, and Past President of the National Institute of Rug Cleaning.

Aaron Groseclose, President of MasterBlend, Master Rug Cleaner, Senior Carpet Inspector, Master Textile Cleaner, writer, and instructor with 30 years in the industry.

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.

Armen Dohanian III is a fourth generation rug cleaner.  Involved in rug cleaning from an early age, since 2007 Armen is vice-president of operations at the Oriental Rug Cleaning Company in Dallas. Mr. Dohanian is a Certified Master Rug Cleaner®, ARCS Certified Rug Specialist (CRS), and as well as a member of the International Society of Appraisers As a past-president of ARCS, Mr. Dohanian was instrumental in the development of their "Introduction to Rug Care" online class and is currently its instructor.  

Jennifer Vickery Colaco has been our office manager since 2010 and is also a Certified Master Rug Cleaner and ARCS Certified Rug Specialist (CRS).


The Master Rug Cleaner Program is an all-encompassing year of education and mentoring centering around two three-day sessions of intensive training on everything you need to successfully start and operate your rug cleaning business. Whether you consider yourself a beginner or an experienced operator, you’ll feel you are a Master after participating in our program. 

  • Three days of training at The Casbah in Dallas, Texas
  • Six months later, three days advanced training at The Casbah
  • Focused training on rug identification: product knowledge is your best marketing tool
  • Pre-cleaning inspection with hands-on practicum
  • Machine, hand-woven and hand-knotted construction
  • Hands-on dusting methods
  • Hands-on cleaning methods
  • Silk rug cleaning
  • Urine decontamination
  • Fringe treatments
  • Dye stripping
  • Quality control
  • Rug blocking
  • Identifying problem rugs
  • The most profitable add-on sales
  • Pricing methods
  • The three most profitable rug repairs
  • Plant layout
  • Affordable, efficient chemical and equipment packages
  • Photographing rugs
  • Free consultation during your one-year program
  • Support for Internet marketing and a professional website
  • Option to spend an additional day working on the wash floor.

Upon completion of classroom training and passing the final test, receive Master Rug Cleaner® certification.

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