In February of 1978, I began a career in the rug business as an apprentice restorer working for an Iranian man named Hamid Sharifzadeh. I had travelled extensively in rug producing countries and somehow it all made sense.
Working mostly for rug stores and dealers we did basic repairs. When rugs were too dirty to repair as is, we would clean them in the bath tub or out in the driveway. It was an exciting time.
Based in Boulder, the business grew slowly. In January 1982 I opened a wash plant and restoration studio in a shop front at 32nd Avenue and Lowell in North Denver. I hired two employees.
In 1984 we moved to a large warehouse on Walnut Street, and moved again in 2009 to a bigger space on Race Ct. just north of the Denver Stockyards complex. With a staff of twenty we had become a small business.
A Denver County plan to redevelop the Stock Yards has caused us to prepare for yet another move. In mid 2017 we will move into a new Denver facility near 56th and Pecos. Our new home will be a 24,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility for rug cleaning and restoration.
Robert Mann Rugs is a service business specializing in the care of Oriental and Southwestern rugs and textiles. We offer a wide range of services; repairs, restoration, mounting, appraisal, and expert consultation.
Our clients include private individuals, dealers and institutions. The work ranges from cleaning residential rugs to large scale grant-funded projects for major museums. We offer restoration services at our Denver facility and also at our partner workshop, Antique Textile Conservation, in Izmir, Turkey.
We have worked worldwide, providing technical and production design assistance to producers of new hand made carpets in nearly all of the major rug producing countries.
As fans of old rugs and textiles we have bought, sold, and collected the best material we could find. We are able to provide expert consultation for the purchase or sale of rugs and textiles. We are also expert appraisers, able to provide informal assessments at no charge or formal written appraisals for a fee.
We welcome visitors. Just give us a call and we’ll be glad to show you what we do.