How To Keep a Family Business Growing for Nearly 100 Years

By George Mangos By George Mangos | May 11, 2021 | Home & Real Estate Sponsored Post

When Bob Zakian took over the family rug cleaning business that had been started by his grandparents back in 1923, he knew he was shouldering an important responsibility: the family legacy.


The business survived the great depression, a world war and numerous economic downturns. Now, after serving the community for nearly 100 years, Bob Zakian proudly observes that Zakian Rugs today is the largest, most-trusted rug cleaner in the greater Philadelphia area and an eleven-time winner of “Best of the Main Line”.

The company can clean and disinfect any area rug or oriental carpet and also employs native craftsmen who can perform a wide variety of restoration services. “We are focused on exceeding our customers expectations with every rug we clean,” says Bob Zakian, “Every carpet that comes to our rug washing facility undergoes a thorough inspection and our customers trust our advice to get them the best value for their cleaning dollar.”


It is quite obvious that Bob Zakian is proud of his role in carrying on his family’s business. As the Company is about to reach its 100th anniversary he is equally proud of his son, Matthew Zakian, the fourth generation now firmly in place to guide this landmark Philadelphia business into the next century.

When Matthew’s great-grandparents founded Zakian Rugs, every aspect of the rug cleaning process was done by hand. Now, nearly a full century later, he is overseeing new technologies to get fine rugs even cleaner while preserving color richness and yarn integrity.


As a Certified Master Rug Cleaner, Matthew continues the family tradition of excellence in rug cleaning. “With so many of our customers having four-legged friends,” Matthew notes, “we are also pioneering special treatments for pet stains and odors.”

Notable Zakian clients include doctors, lawyers, judges, athletes and the thousands of area residents who have trusted their beautiful heirlooms to Zakian Rugs for generations.

If you’re ready to have your area rug cleaned, or possibly restored, visit

Photography by: Zakian Rugs