2023 - CRS Course & Test (Dallas, TX) Overview

Regular price $3,300.00

To complete the CRS Course & Test, you must be a Member of ARCS.

Date: January 16-21, 2023
Location: Dallas, TX; Class and test given at Oriental Rug Cleaning Co.
Instructor: Ellen Amirkhan
IICRC Continuing Education: 12 credit hours

Member Price: $3,300
Single Day Audits: Member Price: $200/day; Nonmember Price: $550/day

For safety and accordance with the CDC health guidelines, a mask will be required and social distancing will be practiced for all live events.

The Certified Rug Specialist class is a five-day, advanced rug identification seminar. Aimed at those who are already competent in basic rug ID and looking to take the next step, this class arms students with the tools to improve and expand their readily apparent rug identification skills, as well as provide them with the skills to identify those rugs which may not be so obvious.

In addition to identifying the rugs' origins, the class covers the practical uses for that knowledge, such as common pre-existing conditions, cleaning considerations common to the rug type and conversational knowledge with helps to distinguish oneself in the marketplace.

While this class is the primer for the rug identification portion of the CRS exam, it is also of value to anyone looking to improve their rug knowledge or "shake the dust" off existing rug ID skills. Class fees includes five lunches, handouts and a copy of A Comprehensive Guide to Oriental and Specialty Rug Cleaning, which serves as the class manual. While there are currently no specific prerequisites for this course, students must be cleared by the ARCS education committee to ensure they have the adequate background knowledge to benefit from the material presented.

The CRS class is for students with a good foundation of experience in cleaning and rug identification, the ability to readily identify commonly encountered rugs and looking for a program to take their skills to the next level. Participants must be ARCS members in good standing. No specific prerequisites are required, but all applicants for the class are encouraged to speak with the head of the Educational Committee, Robert Mann, or the class instructor, Ellen Amirkhan, for final approval.


Monday - January 16th
Armen: Cleaning Chemistry 2 hours
Ellen: Machine-Made Rugs 1.5 hours
Ellen: Review

a) History of Oriental Rugs
b) Dyes
c) What is an Oriental Rug
d) Four Categories of Oriental Rugs/Traditional Persian
e) Where Oriental Rugs Get Their Names
f) Construction
g) Knots and Grading Systems
h) End Finishes
i) Side Finishes
j) Chemical Wash
k) Design Components
h) Dating Rugs
i) Components of Identification/Technical Analysis

Countries Producing Oriental Rugs
a) Iran: Heriz, Sarouk, Kashan, Kerman, Mahal, Tabriz, Meshed, Joshagan, Serab, Bijar, silk rugs

TUESDAY - January 17th
a) Finish Persian rugs from Monday
b) Six Persian single-wefted rugs: Hamadan, Malayer, Senneh, Bakhtiari, Karaja, Lillihan
c) Tribal Rugs: Baluch, Turkoman, Bakhtiari, Afshar, Shiraz

WEDNESDAY - January 18th
Countries Producing Oriental Rugs, con’t
a) Afghanistan
b) China
c) India
d) Pakistan
e) Romania
f) Tibetan
g) Turkish

THURSDAY - January 19th
Countries Producing Oriental Rugs, con’t (if necessary)
Caucasian and Navajo Rugs
Hands-On Technical Analysis—divide into groups
Appraisals—Power Point

FRIDAY - January 20th
Review for written test
Practice rug Identification in the plant with rugs not previously seen
Mock Rug Identification test
Questions, Answers, Problems

SATURDAY - January 21st
Written test
Hands-On Identification Test

Ellen Amirkhan: 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 specialized 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 Certified Appraiser of Oriental Rugs from the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and the Oriental Rug Retailers of America (ORRA) and Certified Rug Specialist (CRS) from the Association of Rug Care Specialists (ARCS).

Ellen's awards include the RIA Dr. Steven Spivak Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Textile Industry, The ASCR Helen Bradley Distinguished Service Award and The North Texas Chapter of the International Society of Appraisers (NTISA) Ellen Amirkhan Distinguished Service Award.

Robert Mann: Robert owns and operates Robert Mann Rugs Inc. in Denver, Colorado. Established in 1978, RMR Inc. provides cleaning and repair services to retail and wholesale clients throughout the United States, as well as outsourced restorations services provided by its sister company, ATC, in Izmir , Turkey. Robert spent for over 25 years working as a technical consultant in modern rug productions in nearly all the major rug producing countries.

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Ellen Amirkhan and Robert Mann are truly world class individuals who love this industry and are working hard to help others continue to grow their own passion for rugs.

Chuck Koshgarian, Koshgarian Rug Cleaning

Don't miss out on this course! It will only be available every other year, you don't want to spend the next 2 years wishing you would've jumped on board sooner!

Jordan King, Oriental Rug Cleaning of Indianapolis

Find details about each membership option in the tabs below, and when you're ready, fill out the application to become a member.

ARCS Members

ARCS members are experienced professionals committed to the highest levels of customer service, technical knowledge and business management in the rug cleaning industry.

Membership in ARCS

Membership in ARCS is open to any firm which cleans, repairs, services, or otherwise maintains area rugs, as long as 95 percent of the work is done at the member's cleaning facilities and not subcontracted.

Consumer Confidence

ARCS membership drives consumer confidence. Consumers have a choice when choosing a firm to clean their area rugs. ARCS membership is key to building marketplace credibility and long-standing customer relationships. Consumers can be confident ARCS members are synonymous with professional excellence, customer service, and upholding the highest industry standards.

Educational Programs

ARCS educational program is designed specifically to create a competitive advantage for members by improving their knowledge and understanding of the care of hand-made and machine-made rugs and keeping them abreast of the latest technology.

Courses are taught by industry experts at the highest levels in the field, who not only teach rug cleaning, but make their living cleaning rugs. ARCS courses are complemented by plant tours, where members can experience the wide variety of cleaning techniques.

Networking Opportunities

ARCS networking opportunities are among the most valuable aspects of association membership. ARCS provides members the opportunity to improve their skills by tapping into the collective wisdom of the most knowledgeable experts in the rug cleaning industry. Networking opportunities occur at association meetings and classes, as well as through phone and email communication among members.

ARCS Newsletter

The ARCS Newsletter is another way to share information among ARCS members. The newsletter is published quarterly.

Membership Fee
The membership fee for the ARCS and Journeymen programs is $600/year.

Become a Member

The Association of Rug Care Specialists is pleased to offer a new level of membership, The Journeyman. This membership option is for the non-rug cleaning professional seeking to learn more about the rug cleaning industry. To be a standard ARCS member, 95% of all work must be done in-plant/shop. If you are not currently meeting this requirement but still want access to ARCS education, discounts and events, this is the membership option for you!

The Journeymen membership fee is $600/year and includes:

  • Discounts for all educational programs
  • Access to discounts provided by ARCS Associate Members
  • Early bird discounts, when offered
  • Networking opportunities

The Journeyman Membership excludes:

  • ARCS voting powers
  • Use of ARCS logo

We want to give you the opportunity to expand your rug cleaning knowledge and business opportunities.

Become a Member

Current Journeyman Members

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Associate memberships are available to:

  • Appraisers
  • Dealers
  • Consultants
  • Service providers
  • Equipment, accessory and chemical manufacturers
  • Others with a vested interest in rug care

An Associate Member has the same membership rights as regular members including access to the members-only content. As an Associate member the company is not a rug cleaning or repair professional, rather it is a company dedicated to supporting the mission of ARCS and provides products and services which help members succeed.

Associate members may take part in all ARCS events and benefits.

The Associate Member section includes:

  • A single page company showcase. This may include digital catalogs and product videos.
  • A listing of offers to ARCS members such as discount coupons for product and services.
  • Contact information, polls, surveys and similar communications. Customized Contact Us email form.
  • A forum topic specific to Associate Members

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