2022/11 - Rug-A-Palooza (Denver, CO)

Regular price $1,250.00

25% off the second person, 50% off the third person

Location: Robert Mann Rugs in Denver, Colorado
Dates: November 3-5, 2022
IICRC Continuing Education: 14 credit hours

Rug Talk:

  • November 3, 2022
  • Knowledge is a powerful thing and there is a lot of history in rugs and rug cleaners. Spend the day listening to our excellent speakers: Ellen Amirkhan, Paul Iskyan, Michael Christie and Ted Mast.

Hands On Demonstration Day:

  • November 4, 2022
  • We’ll split into groups to rotate from hands on demonstrations station to station. Stations will include: rug check-in procedures, peroxide use on urine stains, tufted rug washing techniques, post cleaning treatments, and more!
Bring Your Own Boots (BYOB):
  • November 5, 2022
  • There is no better way to learn something new in rug cleaning than getting your boots wet! We will have until early afternoon to be on Robert Mann’s wash floor! Join your fellow rug cleaners for a fun day of dusting, washing, and treating rugs!

Lunch, drinks and snacks are included each day!


Radisson Hotel Denver Central
4849 Bannock Street,
Denver, CO 80216

(303) 292-9500

Room Rates: $94 + tax
WIFI and Breakfast Included
Two Queen Beds or One King Bed

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Ellen Amirkhan


By the late 19th and early 20th century, many Armenian immigrants were engaged in rug sales, cleaning and repair, achieving near total domination of the oriental rug business. The making, selling and cleaning of oriental rugs was viewed as closely guarded secrets held by a few. Armenian rug cleaners invested tremendous amounts of time and money to learn their craft and naturally wanted to protects their interests. In order to understand this mindset, we have to understand where our forefathers came from and the unspeakable crimes against humanity that they witnessed and endured. Beyond the doom and gloom, growing up in an Armenian rug cleaning plant definitely had its eccentricities. You didn’t know any different so you thought it was normal. Learn to “keep your eye on the overhead”, the Armenian way.


Since 1980, Ellen Amirkhan has served as president of Oriental Rug Cleaning Co. 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 Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration, Ellen holds the designations of Certified Rug Specialist and ISA CAPP. She is a co-developer of the Master Rug Cleaner Program, co-author of A Comprehensive Guide to Oriental and Specialty Rug Cleaning and the video series Unraveling the Riddle of Rug Identification, and serves as an expert witness for the legal profession.