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MEET FRANK SHAIA

Frank Shaia is a second generation rug dealer. His father operated a business in New York and sold rugs throughout the East. In 1973, Frank ‘s older brother Joseph opened up an oriental rug shop in Williamsburg, VA. Frank joined him shortly after. Joe and Frank had been raised as Catholics, but had never really […]

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STAIN REMOVAL TIPS

The following is a list of common stains/spots and the method to remove them. Remember the most important step in fighting a spill or a stain is to act fast!! Once a stain has a chance to dry and set into your oriental rug it becomes much more difficult, if not impossible, to remove. Follow […]

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FRANK SHAIA LECTURE VIDEO

Frank Shaia is a well respected expert on oriental rugs and is often invited to a number of different venues to share his expertise. Below is a video of Frank at the Chesapeake Collectibles event hosted by Maryland Public Television. You can find Frank talking about rugs around 14:40 into the video! Chesapeake Collectibles

Serapi (Old Heriz) pre-1905
FROM HERIZ TO SERAPI

A question that is frequently asked here at Shaia Oriental Rugs is, ‘What is the difference between a Heriz and a Serapi? It is a valid question particularly since there is not an actual city in Iran named Serapi. Serapi is actually a made-up name referring to an old Heriz rug. Some rug books say […]