Take a (picture) tour of our wash facility.

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A little over a year ago, we decided to expand our wash operation into a larger facility. It was a big move, and today we’re set up to wash your rugs faster and better than ever before. Join us for a quick tour of our new facility and learn what we can do for you and your rugs.




Fenced in Area
Air Dusting area.

First we have our “Dry Phase” area. When your rug comes into our facility the first thing we do is measure and inspect it, looking for any special needs that it has. We determine the best methods for cleaning your rug, and contact you if we find any special considerations that need your attention. Next, we remove all of the loose soil from its foundation. This involves an air dusting technique and/or a tumble dusting technique. Our new facility has a large fenced in area where we can do more air dusting than ever before and the largest available tumble duster which gently drops the dirt out of your rug faster than any other known method.

Tumble duster.  And yes, that is dust you see pouring out.
Soaking Tube
“Pre-Soaking” vat

Next we enter the “Wet Phase” area of the facility. First your rug is treated and “pre-spotted” to ensure the dyes remain stable and tough stains are broken apart. If the rug has heavy urine saturation, we use isolated pre-soaking vats to disinfect and break apart the urine before tub washing them. Next, it goes into our wash tub where it churns underwater with gentle chemicals, breaking apart the greasy and dirt in the rug.





Our crew hard at work.

From there, we scrub and detail the rug, then run it through our Mor washer/rinser machine. Not only is this machine the most advanced of its type in the world, but it is a huge time saver for our workers. While it was being built, we worked directly with the manufacturer to make sure we could control every facet of this cleaning step. This ensures that the process is not only safe and effective for cleaning your rug, but uses surprisingly little water too. This is an important factor in New Mexico’s desert climate.

Loading the Mor Machine



Once your rug is clean, we run it
through our centrifuge, where it spins at 1100 RPM, removing most of the remaining moisture. When your rug leaves the centrifuge, it is just slightly damp. This minimizes the chance for dye bleeds and other problems in drying.

Its hard to put into words just how big a part of our operation the drying room is. It can hold over 5,000 square feet of clean rugs and get all of them dry in a single night. With huge fans keeping the air moving, a powerful heater keeping the temperature high, and a simple but effective method to hang large numbers of rugs, this space is without a doubt one of the biggest upgrades we managed to acquire with our move.

Drying Room
State of the art drying room.


Dye Kitchen
Dye Kitchen

After your rug is clean and dry, there are often still more steps that need to be taken. Sometimes this means repairing some damage from your beloved puppy or even re-dying areas on your rug where the sun faded the colors. In our new facility, we have all the space we could ever ask for to address these issues. There is a nice big area to use for the application of moth resistant spray and Fiber ProTector brand stain guard, a sectioned off area where we can stretch and block your rugs, another for pad cutting, a large and supply filled repair area where our workers can address any repair needs your rug may have, and even a “Dye Kitchen” where we can custom mix dyes for recoloring and repairing your rug.

Repair Stuff
Our repair specialists can fix any rug.

And of course, what tour would be complete without stopping at our employee’s favorite space. The break room, where after a long hard day of washing and repairing rugs, they can take a much needed rest break.

Break Room

Obviously the most important part!

Want to see a rug go through our process start to finish? Take a few minutes to watch our wash video.



By: Matt Gabel

Matt Gabel is the Retail Manager at Serafian’s Oriental Rugs. He has been working closely with rugs for over 25 years.  Serafian’s offers free pick up and delivery in the Albuquerque metro area. For more information, call (505) 504-RUGS or go to serafians.com

Rugs of the World – Tabriz

Persia (or Iran) has long been the center for weaving innovation in the Middle East. A huge variety of rug types, qualities, and traditions come from this diverse country. Among the most famous and highest quality Persian Rugs are Tabriz. Tabriz is a major city in the Northwestern, Azerbaijan region of Iran, very close to the Caspian Sea. Even from Tabriz a large number of rugs have been created. Today, we are going to go over the most common three Tabriz rugs, Mahi, Nachsche, and Taba.


Mahi Tabriz are by far the most sought after and traditional of Tabriz carpets. There are three main parts to this pattern, the overarching pattern, the detailed field pattern, and the border. Each has its own story. The overarching design is a simple medallion pattern that starts in the center of the rug and emanates outward. This part of the design represents the concentric circles formed by dropping a pebble into a still pond.

Mahi Tabriz

For the more detailed field design, Mahi Tabriz use a traditional Herati, or “fish”, pattern. This consists of a diamond with four opposing oak leaves. Continuing out from the oak leaves, the design repeats itself with the leaves mirroring their image around a small flower. This pattern represents a fisherman in his boat and two fish swimming around the reflection of the moon.

Herati Pattern
Herati Pattern

The third and final part of the design is the border, which can vary from one Mahi to the next, but most commonly uses the Sammovar pattern. Sometimes called the “Turtle and Crab” border, this border uses large floral motifs that look like and represent a swimming sea turtle and a crabs claws.

Samovar Border
“Turtle and Crab” border

While Mahi Tabriz can be done in a wide variety of qualities, most are woven using exceptional materials and have very high knot counts. As such, these rugs have earned themselves a reputation for being some of the best in the world.


One of the more popular types of Tabriz is known as Nachshe. Where some Tabriz rugs use small repeating motifs, Nachsche use more colorful, open, floral motifs. They typically have strong central medallions, long flowing tendrils (known as Islimi), and many groups of small flowers. Very commonly, silk is woven into these rugs as a highlight color. These rugs are almost always woven at very high knot counts, generally starting at 250 knots/inch and going as high as 500 knots/inch or more.

Nachshe approximately translates to “cartoon”, or “pattern” in English. Originally these rugs were being woven to emulate some of the motifs and design elements of European rugs. The people of Tabriz used hand drawn patterns or “cartoons” as their basis for this, hence the name, Nacshe. Today, the Iranian people have truly adopted this style into their weaving lexicon. In fact, Nacshe Tabriz may be the most popular type of rug sold in Iran.

Nacshe Tabriz


Lastly we have Tabba Tabriz. A type of rug that was developed and popularized in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  In truth, Taba are not actually Tabriz, rather they are woven in the city of Tabas.  However, since they often use Tabriz designs and motifs, they earned the name Tabriz.  

Taba tabriz are very distinctly different from their other Tabriz cousins. A typical color palette for Taba consists of Ivory, Orange, and Mint Green. Most are woven more coarsely, with knot counts ranging from the mid eighties on up to around 150 knots/inch. They also tend to use wool that doesn’t hold up as well when compared to other Tabriz. During the 1970’s a lot of Taba were woven, so it is common to see them today. However, they tend to wear out more quickly and will likely not have the same longevity or long term value of other Tabriz. This is not to say that they are bad rugs, but rather that other, and in fact most, Tabriz rugs are exceptional.

Taba Tabriz
Taba Tabriz



By: Matt Gabel

Matt Gabel is the Retail Manager at Serafian’s Oriental Rugs. He has been working closely with rugs for over 25 years.  Serafian’s offers free pick up and delivery in the Albuquerque metro area. For more information, call (505) 504-RUGS or go to serafians.com