• Ellen & Aaron
  • Class of 2014
  • Home of the Casbah
  • Plant Interior
  • Soaking Pit
  • Armen Drying Room
  • Drying Room
  • Repair Room

Oriental Rug Cleaning - Master Rug Cleaners

  • Committed to being an expert in rug identification and cleaning
  • Extraordinary work ethic
  • Devotes the time and money to learn and improve
  • Dedicated to providing the best service possible

Combine all these ingredients and you get a Certified Master Rug Cleaner!

This is not a correspondence course but a hands-on, 
real time training in an active 100 year old rug plant.

Oriental & Area Rug Cleaning

The process of cleaning and restoring fine oriental and area rugs requires a level of expertise and knowledge that takes years to achieve.  Different types of rugs require different cleaning methods, so it is vital that your rug cleaner be able to match the correct cleaning procedure with each type of rug.  This knowledge is at the core of the Master Rug Cleaner Program.

The Master Rug Cleaner Program was founded in 2006 by Ellen Amirkhan, owner of the 100-year old Oriental Rug Cleaning Co. in Dallas, Texas, and Aaron Groseclose, President of MasterBlend.  These two recognized industry leaders and experts have collaborated to synthesize their wealth of information into a year-long, hands-on program to share with other industry professionals who want to expand their knowledge and understanding of oriental rugs and their care and cleaning.  During this year of intense training, Ellen and Aaron take the mystery out of oriental rug cleaning and present a clear and concise method for running a successful rug cleaning business.  The combination of Ellen's expertise plus three generations of oriental rug cleaning experience and Aaron's knowledge of cleaning chemistry and technology gives Master Rug Cleaner Program students an unparalleled opportunity to gain in-depth understanding of all aspects of the care, cleaning, and repair of oriental and specialty rugs.

When you take your rugs to a Certified Master Rug Cleaner, you can be confident your rugs will be cleaned by a professional who has:

  • Made the financial, intellectual and time committment to go far beyond fundamental knowledge of rug cleaning;

  • Trained his or her employees in the use fo safe cleaning procedures, protection of the environment and the highest ethical business practices; and

  • Is a member of an international network of like-minded professionals.

The ultimate goal of the Certified Master Rug Cleaner is to provide customers with the highest quality service available.

Introduction To Oriental Rug Repair (Three Days)

The only Introduction to Rug Repair Course in 2017

February 8-10 or June 21-23

Basic repair technique designed for those with only the most basic familiarity with oriental rugs and structure. Read more»

Rug Care Specialist

aaron groseclose hsThe full collection of Aaron Groseclose's "The Rug Care Specialist" column formerly hosted on (the defunct) ICS Magazine website are now available here. The articles span 15 years and include a wide range of topics from rug identification, rug cleaning techniques, and rug history. 

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Master Rug Cleaner 2017

Master Rug Cleaner Certification School for 2017

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2017 course to be held in Dallas, Texas. 

MRC Part 1: March 16-18, 2017

MRC Part 2: October 19-21, 2017

Read more | Download Application

2016 Event Schedule

The Rug Summit, 
Oak Park, MI
September 29-30

IICRC Rug Cleaning Technician
Sacramento, CA

October 12-13

Master Rug Cleaner Part II,
Dallas, TX

October 20-22

Cultural Rug Tour to Iran!
October 29-November 12

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A Comprehensive Guide to Oriental & Specialty Rug Cleaning

10th Printing.

Written for the rug cleaning professional. Many books have been written on oriental rugs with an emphasis on history, structure, culture and identification with cleaning as an afterthought. Learn more


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