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03/31/2008 - Weft Meets Web at Kirishian Rugs

Rugs! Beautiful, luxurious Oriental rugs! Piles and piles of rugs in all shapes and sizes are available at Richard Kirishian Rug Company at 220 E 2nd Avenue. Kirishian visits and buys rugs in all of today’s rug-producing countries. Carefully selected hand knotted, as well as machine loomed, rugs are imported from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, and Turkey. Rugs are also available from American rug makers such as Karastan.

In the face of such riches, rug shopping can be intimidating, so Kirishian makes the process much easier through his Web site . At, the rug seeker can search for rugs in all sizes, all colors, and the brands that Kirishian carries. The buyer can search by rug design from “traditional” through “contemporary”, and by “casual,” “life style,” or direct import. Direct import rugs include information about where the rug was made, whether it is handknotted, the style and color of the rug, and the sizes available. Prices of many of the various sizes and styles of rug are posted. If the buyer chooses, they can arrange a purchase via e-mail.

Although e-commerce is very convenient, it doesn’t even begin to compete with the joy of shopping for a rug in person. Kirishian appears to be personally acquainted with every rug in his entire inventory. After listening to your requirements, he will show you many rugs that will fit your needs. He encourages the buyer to walk on, roll around on, and luxuriate in any and all rugs that are appealing. He will even demonstrate how the rug knots are tied to anyone who is interested. Rugs are a purchase that the homeowner will live with for a long time, so Kirishian wants you to have the rug that is right for you. He stocks no rug that won't last at least ten years – many will last a life time.

Kirishian’s Web site also contains a wealth of rug information. There is a step-by-step illustrated guide that begins with wool selection, cleaning and preparation, and dying on through design and weaving. The site has a glossary of terms, information on the rug “color families”, rug styles, and rug shapes, along with a bibliography of recommended reading. All this information means that no one need feel intimidated by the purchase of a fine rug.

Kirishian rugs come with information on the routine cleaning of a rug. After a few years, when it is time to deep clean the rug, Kirishian’s RugSpa will arrange to pick up the rug, ship it to the RugSpa, wash and dry it using their special equipment and process, and return it.

To learn more about the RugSpa, visit Contact Kirishian at . Watch for the Kirishian ‘blog’, coming soon.

Billie Moreland
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