1-202-882-7847

Call us

2330 Columbia Pike

Arlington, Virginia 22204

1-202-882-7847

Call us

2330 Columbia Pike

Arlington, Virginia 22204

The Manoukian Story

our company

The Manoukian Brothers

MANOUKIAN BROTHERS ORIENTAL RUGS IS THE OLDEST ORIENTAL RUG STORE IN THE WASHINGTON AREA. MANOUKIAN RUGS™ HAs BEEN IN BUSINESS SINCE 1922. OUR STORY BEGAN WITH MANOUK MANOUKIAN OPENING HIS FIRST STORE ON WASHINGTON CIRCLE, WHICH MARKS THE BORDER OF FOGGY BOTTOM & WEST END NEIGHBORHOODS.  EVENTUALLY HIS BROTHERS NOURY, MOSES, AND MISHEL JOINED TOGETHER TO CREATE MANOUKIAN BROTHERS ™ Oriental RUGS.

THE MANOUKIAN BROTHERS™  THRIVED ON FURNISHING HAND-KNOTTED RUGS TO WASHINGTONIANS. THEIR MAIN MODE OF OBTAINING HAND-KNOTTED RUGS WAS THROUGH REGULAR VISITS TO THE NEW YORK CITY RUG IMPORTER WHOLESALE MARKET. OVER SEVERAL DECADES THE BROTHERS CULTIVATED STRONG RELATIONSHIPS TO NEGOTIATE FAIR DEALS WITH WHOLESALERS. SUCH TRANSACTIONS MEANT BROWSING HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF GORGEOUS RUGS, DRINKING STRONG COFFEE, FOLLOWED BY SOME SERIOUS AND LENGTHY BARGAINING. THE BROTHERS WERE FRIENDLY, BUT STRAIGHTFORWARD PARTNERS IN THIS PROCESS.

our-story-historical
OUR VALUE

Helping Fellow Washingtonians

THE MANOUKIANS STROVE TO BE PERSONABLE AND FAIR TO THEIR CLIENTS AS WELL. THEY CAME TO TRULY ENJOY HELPING THOUSANDS OF INTERESTING CUSTOMERS. OVER THE PAST CENTURY WE HAVE FURNISHED, CLEANED AND REPAIRED RUGS FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WASHINGTON HOMES AND INSTITUTIONS, SUCH AS:

United States Congress
The U.S. Capitol
Library of Congress
The Blair House
The Kennedy Center
U.S. Supreme Court
The National Cathedral
Architect of the Capitol
Foreign Embassies
Private Clubs
& MANY FINE HOMES ACROSS THE NATION’S CAPITAL

WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE SAME QUALITY CLEANING AND REPAIR SERVICES THAT WE HAVE FOR THE PAST HUNDRED YEARS.

PAUL MANOUKIAN, THE SON OF MOSES THE YOUNGEST BROTHER MANOUKIAN, BECAME A CIVIL ENGINEER AND WORKED FOR THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (WMATA); HOWEVER, THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE, HE CAME TO THE STORE TO HELP HIS FATHER AND UNCLES DURING LUNCH HOURS AND ON WEEKENDS. EVENTUALLY, PAUL TOOK OVER THE BUSINESS. FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS, DONA, HIS WIFE, WORKED RIGHT ALONGSIDE HIM. SHE STREAMLINED PROCESSES TO TRANSITION THE STORE FROM OLD SYSTEMS TO NEW ONES AND HELPED TO HIRE SEVERAL NEW EMPLOYEES. IF NOT FOR DONA’S CONTRIBUTIONS THE STORE COULD NOT HAVE CONTINUED DURING THE TRANSITIONS BETWEEN GENERATIONS. ALSO, WORTH NOTING IS HANDY SAWYER, AN EXTRAORDINARY EMPLOYEE WHO WORKED AT MANOUKIAN BROTHERS ORIENTAL RUGS FOR OVER 40 YEARS.

our history

A tradition of Excellence

WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE SAME QUALITY CLEANING AND REPAIR SERVICES THAT WE HAVE FOR THE PAST HUNDRED YEARS.

PAUL MANOUKIAN, THE SON OF MOSES THE YOUNGEST BROTHER MANOUKIAN, BECAME A CIVIL ENGINEER AND WORKED FOR THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (WMATA); HOWEVER, THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE, HE CAME TO THE STORE TO HELP HIS FATHER AND UNCLES DURING LUNCH HOURS AND ON WEEKENDS. EVENTUALLY, PAUL TOOK OVER THE BUSINESS. FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS, DONA, HIS WIFE, WORKED RIGHT ALONGSIDE HIM. SHE STREAMLINED PROCESSES TO TRANSITION THE STORE FROM OLD SYSTEMS TO NEW ONES AND HELPED TO HIRE SEVERAL NEW EMPLOYEES. IF NOT FOR DONA’S CONTRIBUTIONS THE STORE COULD NOT HAVE CONTINUED DURING THE TRANSITIONS BETWEEN GENERATIONS. ALSO, WORTH NOTING IS HANDY SAWYER, AN EXTRAORDINARY EMPLOYEE WHO WORKED AT MANOUKIAN BROTHERS ORIENTAL RUGS FOR OVER 40 YEARS.

Contact us

Get in touch with us today

MANOUKIAN RUGS IS THE OLDEST ORIENTAL RUG STORE IN THE WASHINGTON AREA. WE HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS SINCE 1922.