Our Story

Our Story

Our Story

Manoukian Rugs is the oldest oriental rug store in the Washington area. We have 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 ™ 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

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

& 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.

Today the third generation, Paul’s children, Moses’s grandchildren, help at the family store just as he did. Mikael Manoukian has become the main manager of operations. He runs Manoukian Brothers ™ Oriental Rugs, which is now conveniently located in South Arlington on Columbia Pike, easily reachable from Washington, DC. He conducts business in the same friendly, straightforward manner as his father and grandfather before him.

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