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ABC MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

MARCH 2018

Welcome to Our Monthly Newsletter!

We hope you will enjoy this month's articles.  

This month's topics are:   

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT...

SYRACUSE HOME SHOW

              Time & Date - Visit Our Booth

SPECIALS FOR MARCH

             March is Area Rug Discount Month!

ORIENTAL RUGS

              Lilihan Oriental Rugs

HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL                 

               Keeping Foods Fresh

RCAD SPECIALS FOR MARCH

               RCAD Special Discounts for March

If there is a topic you would like us to cover in one of our upcoming newsletters, please call us at  607-272-1566 or contact us by clicking here.


IT'S TIME FOR OUR REGULAR CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DISCOUNTS for MARCH!

(RCAD)

See below for details!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT...

CHANGE IN ABC SATURDAY HOURS 

ABC will now be open 

EVERY SATURDAY

from 10am to 1pm!

We look forward to serving our customers during our extended hours.


We are excited to announce ABC will be participating in the:

Syracuse Home & Garden Show  

(CNY Home & Garden Show) 

at the NYS Fairgrounds 

March 15th through the 18th

This show offers a "convenient one-stop shopping for fresh ideas to add comfort, beauty, and energy efficiency to your home."
The show is one of the largest of the home shows in the Northeast with more than 400 exhibitors!

We will be exhibiting

in Booth # 2164

located in the Center of Progress Building.

Stop by and say hello, see our displays, get your free gift, and participate in our special raffles.

Be sure to watch our website and Facebook page for more information as the event gets closer.

We hope to see you there!


 LILIHAN ORIENTAL RUGS

LILIHAN ORIENTAL RUGS and the ARMENIAN PEOPLE

We cannot attempt to learn about Lilihan oriental rugs from the Persian town of Lilihan without mentioning the horrific forced migration of approximately 500,000 Armenians from their homes in the Caucasus area of Iran in the 17th century. Shah Abbas was the Persian ruler who was responsible for the relocation of these and other ethnic peoples to suit his own commercial and military needs.

Unfortunately, half of the Armenians forced out of their land died early during the long migration. The surviving Armenians ended up well into the interior of Persia. Miraculously, those who survived were able to build new village settlements that were both culturally and commercially successful. (It is also possible the Shah rewarded some loyal Armenians grants to start a number of the settlements as well.) 

The new economy was built on rug making, thanks to the long established weaving tradition of the Armenian people.
The town of Lilihan, which lies in the Arak Province of Iran (known as Sultanabad until 1935), was at the very center of the area and the rugs made during the 18th and early 19th century took their name from the town and became very famous.

In the mid 1940's, the Soviet Union allowed the Armenians to return back to their ancestral home in what is now Armenia, located in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. 

The mass emigration of the Armenians back to the Caucasus left the Iranian villages sorely missing a majority of the Armenians along with their art.

LILIHAN RUGS and the AMERICAN MARKET

Lilihan rugs were less well known in Europe. Fortunately, during the 19th century in America, especially in New York, the Lilihan rugs were in high demand. 

Most Lilihan rugs were exported to America. Their ornate design combined with their thick, plush pile fit very well into the demands of the American Victorian era.

The Lilihan rugs made use of classical Persian floral motifs with detached floral sprays. Geometric patterns could also be present.

The dominant color was pink. The weft was a naturally-dyed rose/pink color forming a salmon field and contrasted by browns, blues, and other colors such as ivory, greens and golds.

Because there were many weaving centers in and around Arak, Lilihan rugs and others such as the Mir and the Malayer were very often similar in design to the well-known Sarouk rugs, though not necessarily in structure. 

As a result, they were often mistaken for Sarouks. While Sarouks are double-wefted, Lilihans are single-wefted (having one weft between each row of knots).

Some Lilihan rugs, like the neighboring rugs from Sarouk were often over-dyed to appeal to American fashion and interior design. These are quite rare today as the process weakened the rugs and they wore out more quickly than the unpainted ones.

CONSTRUCTION OF LILIHAN ORIENTAL RUGS

For more information about Persian Lilihan Oriental Rugs with photos including designs, colors, sizes, etc., please continue reading here.


MARCH IS AREA RUG DISCOUNT MONTH

for Our Regular Customers and their Family and Friends!

March Madness Mania

So many of our customers look forward to our Regular Customer Appreciation Discount (RCAD)

This year, March discounts will not only include up to 25% off carpet cleaning but will als0 focus on our area rug cleaning services.

The March specials offer:

up to 35% off Area Rug Cleaning

 (including Oriental and Specialty rugs)

and

Discounts on Pads, Repairs, and Topical Treatments for Moths and Other Insects, as well as Sanitizing, and Soil and Stain Protector!

These are the biggest discounts of the year. We hope you will take advantage of them and visit us.

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AREA RUG ARTICLES and VIDEOS ON OUR WEBSITE

Because we are focusing on our area rugs services this month, we would like to direct you to our website. We have posted many articles relating to area rugs (and our other services as well).

Below is a list of a few of these pertaining to area rugs that may interest you:

Area & Oriental Rug Cleaning at ABC Rug cleaning at our ABC plant includes all types of hand made and machine-made area rugs. Our procedures explained here...

Are My Area Rugs Dirty Enough to Clean? This is a very common question that is answered in this article...

Why Cleaning Area Rugs in Your Own Home or Business is Not a Good Idea! Cleaning area rugs in our ABC plant!  Why not in my own home or business? This is why... 

"We Cannot Clean That Rug!" What do we really mean when we say, "We cannot clean that rug"? An honest answer can be found here...    
Rug Care Between Cleanings - 8 Essential Tips Follow these 8 tips to ensure the proper care of your rugs between cleanings...

Extend the Life of Your Oriental and Area Rugs - 5 Tips To extend the life of your oriental and area rugs, follow the 5 tips given in this article...

Rug Repair Services at ABC Rug repair services at ABC...the different types of rugs we repair and a description of the repairs...

Moths in Your Rugs Finding moths in your rugs is more common than you might think. Here is the dark side...

Urine on Oriental Rugs - 2 Steps to Take Right Away to Minimize Damage Urine on oriental rugs?  Don't panic!  If you follow these 2 steps as soon as possible, you may be able to avoid further damage... 

MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE

We also offer both articles and videos on different types of rugs such as Navajo and Persian. 

The articles include information on Carpet Cleaning, Tile & Grout Cleaning, Upholstered Furniture Cleaning, Health & Environmental Concerns etc. New articles are added regularly.

Please feel free to browse through our articles and videos. We would love to have your feedback and suggestions for topics you would like us to explore.

Of course, for the answers to any questions you may have, please feel free to call our office at 607-272-1566. We will be happy to assist you.


KEEPING FOODS FRESH

Keeping foods fresh, whether buying groceries for a day, week, month or more, can save both time and money. 

Who hasn't found a really good deal in the local supermarket or wholesale store, brought it home and thrown it into the fridge (or left it on the kitchen counter) only to end up throwing a good amount out because it had become spoiled.

Food spoilage is wasteful and costly, especially when there are some guidelines and tips available to help. 

The following tips were collected from Mother Earth Living, along with a few of ours. We hope you will find them helpful if you have ever questioned how you can be keeping foods fresh.

GENERAL TIPS FOR KEEPING FOODS FRESH

#1 - Buy Locally This one makes sense for those of us who are fortunate enough to have access to local produce. The produce in the grocery store may have already traveled long distances.

#2 - Clean and Prep ASAP Again, it makes sense to clean and prep fresh foods as soon as you get them home or as soon as possible.

#3 - Buy Smaller Pieces This tip applies to produce that contains a lot of water (such as watermelon). If bought in smaller pieces, they will last longer and have more flavor.

#4 - Plan Meals  Make an effort to plan meals in order of what needs to be used up first.

#5 - Grow Your Own Food If you possibly can, grow your own food or at least some of it. If it will be too much for you and your family, you can share your harvest with friends or donate to your local food bank.

KEEPING DAIRY PRODUCTS FRESH

#1 - Prevent Hard Cheeses From Drying Out Simply rub butter on the cut parts of hard cheeses to prevent them from drying out!

#2 - Keep Air Out of Sour Cream and Cottage Cheese  Store these products upside down in the fridge to help keep the air out and make them last longer.

KEEPING FRUITS FRESH

#1- Soak Berries  Wash all berries before putting them in the fridge. Here is our favorite procedure to remove dirt and wax and help keep fruits fresh longer:

Fill a sink with cold water. Add 1/4 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons salt and stir. Add the berries and let soak for 30 minutes.
To dry them, you can spin out the excess water in a salad spinner. This procedure not only cleans the fruit but actually makes the berries last longer.

#2- Apples Store apples on the kitchen counter or table. Do NOT store apples in the fridge. If they do not get eaten right away and get soft, just cook them.

Remember also to keep apples away from other foods! They give off ethylene gas, which can cause other foods to spoil.

KEEPING GREENS FRESH

#1- Rinse Greens  Greens such as lettuce should be immediately rinsed in cold water and spun dry before refrigerating. They can be stored in the spinner basket or in a breathable cloth bag. (They need air circulation to retard spoiling.)

#2- Kale, Collards, and Swiss Chard  These greens should be stored in the fridge in a glass of water with a loose bag over the top. Make sure to trim the ends first.

#3- Salad Greens or Peppers Wilting?  If your greens or peppers are starting to wilt, they can be soaked in ice water just to crisp them before making a salad.

#4- Scallions  Store scallions in a jar of water right out on the counter! You can actually triple their life by storing them in this way. They will keep growing as you snip the tips to use. 

KEEPING HERBS FRESH

Please continue reading here for tips on keeping herbs and veggies fresh. Please see our article, Fridge, Counter or Pantry Storage for more tips on keeping foods fresh.



TIME FOR THE FINAL MONTH OF OUR REGULAR CUSTOMER APPRRECIATION DISCOUNT  for 2018

THIS DISCOUNT IS FOR OUR REGULAR CUSTOMERS, THEIR FAMILIES and FRIENDS!


MARCH RCAD

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CARPET CLEANING 

20% Off 

See our FAQs on Carpet Cleaning here.

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ORIENTAL & AREA RUG CLEANING

30% Off 
See our FAQs on Oriental & Area Rug Cleaning  here.

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Services Above Paid by Cash Qualify for an EXTRA 5% Off!

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MORE DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE!

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 MARCH - EXTRA SPECIALS:

10% off Rug Pads

10% off Repairs of Area Rugs after Cleaning

10% off Topical Treatments:

Insect (Live Larva) Decontamination

Moth Decontamination and Retardancy

Sanitization-Anti-Microbial

Soil and Stain Protector

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CALL ABC at 

607-272-1566 

for more information.



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