Zach Zaman studied finance and was headed toward a career in private equity when he decided to join the family rug business that his father started in 1989. Since taking joint leadership of the operation in 2009, Zaman has rebranded the company, focusing on collecting and dealing handmade rugs (he’s a Pratt Institute–certified appraiser) in Brooklyn and Manhattan while his two Long Island–based restoration specialists repair and clean them. His team inspects each rug to best customize the cleaning process ($3 per square foot, which includes shampooing with a proprietary phosphate-free detergent). Zaman’s devoted customers, who include lifelong collectors, the merchandisers at the Rag & Bone and Gant boutiques, and Bushwick-based rug maven Aelfie Oudghiri, trust him to give their Brooklyn Flea Orientals a bath or to rid their kilim of an unfortunate red-wine stain. Heirloom also offers free pickup and delivery throughout the New York City area.
Best Rug Cleaner
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).