A Shout-Out to Sheep
Visitors to Navab Brothers Outlet at our American Rug Laundry Lake Street location now will receive a very wooly welcome at the entrance to the rug showroom. A life-sized toy sheep (as yet unnamed) has taken up residence in our store to celebrate the sustainability and beauty of wool: the world’s greenest fiber. And with […]
Handmade Rugs: The Sustainable Choice
One-of-a-kind handmade rugs are created using techniques and materials that go back generations and have been largely unchanged by industrialization. They employ all-natural, renewable wool, cotton and dyes and practically every step of the process is done by hand with little or no reliance on the power grid. If you are a shopper who values […]
The New Kilims Have Arrived
The perfect blend of colorful and durable, our rugged kilims, hand-woven in Afghanistan, have just arrived and are sure to delight. Sized from 2 ft. x 3 ft. to 3 ft. x 5 ft., they can be placed practically anywhere to provide a pleasing accent or even become a focal point. They are 100% wool […]
The Hest Gallery
Local artist Bob Hest was searching for ways to parlay his vivid paintings into new artforms when he met Farzan Navab, co-owner of Navab Brothers and American Rug Laundry. Navab, himself a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, had a suggestion: Why not translate the art into handwoven rugs? It seemed to […]
More Space, More Rugs, More Bargains
The west wall in the rug showroom at American Rug Laundry has been removed, opening up nearly 1,000 square feet of new space to expand our selection of handmade rugs. The new space previously housed the rug soaking pit and other cleaning equipment that has been relocated to our state-of-the art cleaning plant in Golden […]
New Shipment of Cat Traps!
Just in time for your holiday giving we have received a new shipment of cat-sized rugs, hand-knotted in Pakistan. These charming 1-square-foot Bokhara rugs are catnip underfoot for your favorite feline or any cat parent on your gift list. Value priced at $36, our cat traps are available in a variety […]
It’s OK if your rug is extremely dirty. That’s why we’re here.
“The dog mistook my rug for a fire hydrant again. I’m so sorry.”“It’s been in a plastic bag in the basement for years. I apologize for the smell.”“I haven’t washed it for at least twenty years. I feel like such a bad rug owner.”Here at ARL we often serve customers who bring their rugs in […]
Do’s and Dont’s for Vacuuming an Area Rug
In addition to professional cleaning every one to three years, rugs require routine vacuuming to look great and achieve their maximum lifespan. Like cleaning, the required frequency of vacuuming depends upon the type of rug and the amount and type of traffic the rug gets. If done correctly, vacuuming is a key element of good […]
Rugs of Note: “Lisa”
All handmade rugs are works of art, but we especially love these two “art rugs” that actually depict an original work of art. The design is an interpretation in wool of an artwork by Twin Cities painter and textile designer Lisa Cicotte. The image is from a series she created on her iPhone featuring abstract […]
Pet Accidents Happen: What Should You Do?
Even the best-trained dogs and cats can have a bad day at the expense of one of your rugs. In fact, a very high percentage of the rugs that come into American Rug Laundry for cleaning have suffered from one or more pet accidents. As a pet owner and a rug owner, what should you […]