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March 2015 Newsletter

President's Message

Next week is the ARCS Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. We hope that many of you can attend and, if you can't, you can be certain that we will be hard at work in "The Big Easy" to help continue the progress we have made in the last year at building our organization. We've had a great year, so we might even celebrate our success a little bit. We are looking forward all the hospitality the south has to offer, especially with our generous hosts, Enrique's Cleaning, Russell's Cleaning Service and NOLA Rugs.

We have welcomed many new members this year including 11 Associate Members. Thank you all for your commitment and dedication. We have also had several very successful and well attended courses including our first CRS course. We want to give Oriental Rug Cleaning in Dallas and Robert Mann Oriental Rugs in Denver a huge THANKS for playing host to the courses and to Ellen Amirkhan, Robert Mann, Aaron Groseclose and Armen Dohanian III for being such knowledgeable instructors.

Hope to see you in New Orleans!

The Weavings of Bijar

I have been a fan of Bijars for as long as I have been interested in rugs. Even before I knew what a Bijar was I knew that I liked them because my parents have several beautiful Bijars scattered throughout their house. When I started learning about rugs in a more professional way I continued to appreciate Bijars, but I had a limited idea of what Bijars were and what came from the area. A few years ago a dealer who specializes in Bijar moved near to our shop and it was an eye opening experience. When it came time to choose a topic for the CRS paper I wanted to find a topic that was a little bit off the beaten path. It seemed that several people had written about similar topics, and one of those was general rug ID. I decided I wanted to go into a little bit of detail about a weaving area that interested me and eventually I, with Ellen’s help, settled on Bijar. Read More...

ARCS: Technical Committee announcement

The founding members of ARCS envisioned an organization able to ‘advance the arts and science of rug care’. It’s a big topic and there are a lot of places to begin.

A committee has been formed to identify areas of interest and possible ways of researching them. All attendees at the ARCS Nola meeting are invited to join in a discussion of potential topics to be studied. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday March 5, 3:30- 4:30 at The Maison Dupuy in New Orleans. Read More...

Enrique’s Fine Area Rug Cleaning

Frank Cabrera, the owner of Enrique’s, began his textile cleaning and care career in 1994 when he and a partner established Pro-Kleen Upholstery and Drapery Cleaning. After one year in business, they converted their business to a Servicemaster Franchise serving the Greater New Orleans Area. Read More...

Russell's Cleaning Services

Satin wedding dress, silk drapes, leather items, beaded ball gowns and Oriental rugs, if it gets dirty, Russell's Cleaners and Russell's Cleaning Services has developed a three generation reputation for their cleaning excellence.

Founder, Russell Cuoco opened a small dry-cleaning business in his family's garage in 1930 as Russell's Cleaners. His standard of excellence has kept the business in high demand for 74 years. Read More...