White spots, knot heads, threadbare and rug repair

What are the white spots on my rug?


As my rug has gotten older I have noticed white spots on it. I have not used any chemicals on my rug so I don’t know why there are tiny white spots on it.

Rug Expert:

Here at Behnam Rugs Persian Rug Cleaner we hear rug owners ask about white spots on their rugs. We make sure before we pick up their rug for washing we evaluate each rug and inform the customer there might be more white spots after a good professional washing.

Mr. Ben “Behnam” Tavakolian of Behnam Rugs says:

There are two kinds of white spots that show up on your hand made rugs.

  1. Knot Heads
  • What is a knot head? Do all rugs have knot heads?
  • Where are knot heads found on a rug?

 Knot heads happen naturally during the weaving process of a rug. The weaver pulls on the worp to make a knot with the wool to create the pile of the rug tension is needed to make the worp thread and sometimes the fiber will break. The wool or cotton thread will then need to be extended this is where the new piece created the knot head. Each broken warp will be secured with two knot heads. The size of the knot head will depend on the size of worp and cotton yarn and density of the rug.

Where are the knot heads found?

Knot heads are found in all handmade rugs. Generally the weaver will hide the knot heads between the pile of the rug by using a combing hammer to comb down the pile of the rug to keep knot heads from being exposed on the surface.

Seeing knot heads is natural as the rug gets older and the pile gets shorter the knot heads will begin to come to the surface. Proper rug padding will keep this from happening prematurely. Sharp micro dust, sand and dirt in an unwashed rug will lose more pile due to friction grime against the rug pile. Other factors that make knot heads show on the surface faster depends on the type of rug, country or origin and traffic pattern but all will age your rug faster if not maintained.

Knot heads could be carefully removed by re-weaving areas or in most cases just by coloring them to match the surrounding knot heads.

  1. White spots can be from threadbear also.
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How do I know if my silk rug is really silk?

Why should you care if your rug is made of real silk or fake silk and why does this matter?

Unfortunately there are merchants out there selling fake silk rugs as real silk rugs and overpriced.  Fake silk does not have the strength of real silk and will lose color and age fast.

It is easy for these merchants to fool tourist or first time rug buyers because fake silk rugs can look like

real silk rugs and it is hard to tell by just looking at them. After even the first wash there are massive differences between real silk and fake silk if you put a real silk rug next to a manufactured silk rug the feel will be very different.

When we receive a rug like this we have to do a burn fiber test to really know for sure if the rug is fake and made of bamboo silk, paper rayon or real silk. If your rug is made of real silk it will last generations being used on the floor and look even better after maintenance wash every 7 to 8 years and 4 to 5 years  for wool rugs.

We are offering our evaluation services to rug owners for free because you or someone you know might have taken a cruise to Turkey recently and picked up a “fine silk rug” not knowing that it really is a souvenir rug that was sold to them as real silk. We have helped several customers determine the real value of these souvenir rugs and have educated them on real silk or fake silk rugs while in the store. In the past we have even helped them refund some of the overcharge price back to their credit card.

If you would like more information call set up a time to bring your rug in for a free fiber test and verbal appraisal.

If your rug is too big for you to transport we can pick it up hand wash it and evaluate it while at our grand showroom here in North Dallas. Then when you are ready we will reinstall your rug with proper padding.

Real Silk Rug
Real Silk Rug
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Have a Happy and Healthy New Year Starting with Hot Tea

January is National Hot Tea Month

Please enjoy a hot Samovar brewed cup of Persian Tea all month long while viewing all our Persian Rugs for sale.  You can also stop in, visit and pick up some free rug tips and tricks for rug maintenance at home while sipping on some fresh Persian tea brewed just for you.

And to help you get the most out of your New Year hot tea has the added benefit of increasing your body’s immunity to colds and flu, helps you drink the recommended amount of water per day and may help promote weight loss.  Have a happy and healthy New Year.

January Tea Month 2016
Have a Happy and Healthy 2016 starting with Tea !
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4 Questions About Persian Rugs You’re Afraid to Ask (But Should)

Come prepared first know your budget, room dimensions and colors that will work in your room.

Keeping this in mind will help you not feel intimidated when shopping online or at rug dealers/galleries.

Here are a few more tips to help you on your rug hunt.

Do you know the origin of most fine rugs? (Click Here To Read Article on Behnam Rugs.com)

  • Origin of Persian Tribal Rugs: Bakhtiari, Bakhshaish, Borchelu, Gabbeh Hamadan, Heriz, Hussainabad, Koliai, Kurd, Luri,Mahal, Malayer, Nahavand, Qashqai, Senneh, Shiraz, Sirjan, Tarom, Wiss, Zanjan.
  • Origin of Persian City Rugs: Afshar, Ardabil, Baluch, Bidjar, Esfahan, Farahan, Joshaghan, Kashan, Kerman, Kashmar, Klardasht, Lavar, Mashad, Nain, Qum, Sarab, Saruk/ Sarough, Tabriz, Varamin. These are both ancient and modern day cities.

Many fine rugs come from Persia and can also be called Iranian carpets. Outside of Persia you will find fine rugs in: China, Afghanistan, Morocco, Nepal, Tibet, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Turkey. Depending on what part of Iran the rug was woven, they are given sub names like: Isfahan, Nain, Qum, Tabriz and Mashad to list a few. The design of the rugs reflects the providence where it is handmade. There are many different patterns and designs that have subdivisions of origins like the famous rug from the Iranian city of Isfahan: Tree of Life.

Hand made quality rugs are built to last and pay for themselves over time not knowing this may make you think they are expensive. Also knowing that having natural material around you verses synthetic in carpet or machine made rugs that filter your air and provide comfort for years to come and will look even better down the road after an appropriate maintenance schedule will make the price reasonable.

A lot of rugs are one of a kind and antique these attributes do make the rugs more valuable, scarce and increase the price. Asking the right questions and doing research will help you determine.

So while you may feel intimated and afraid to, we encourage you to ask away! And we’ve even put together a list of four questions you may be afraid to ask, or just didn’t know to ask but absolutely should ask anyone selling Fine rugs like Persian or Oriental rugs.

questions to ask persian rug dealer

  1. You say this rug is hand-made, but is it hand-knotted or hand-tufted?

Some less-than-scrupulous dealers may say a rug is hand-made, leading you to believe that each of the rug’s thousands upon thousands of knots have been tied by hand like a fine rug or looped and secured by glue like a tufted rug.… Read the rest

Rug Repair Professional

Rug Repair Professional

Rugs are very durable and if used right and kept on a washing schedule around every five years they will look even better after washed and passed down for generations.  After years of use and extra wear your rug will need some T.L. C. from a professional who specializes in fine rug repair call Behnam Rugs Persian Rug Cleaner for the best options on how to fix and repair your fine rugs.

When pricing rug maintenance you have to ask yourself, will this rug treatment retain the value of my rug or devalue it?

Having just any carpet repair man attempt to repair your hand made rug is not advisable. Having a skilled rug professional that can tell you the price difference in rug patching or reweaving is key. Every repair we suggest for your rugs is to extend its life and retaining the value of your fine rug investments.

The cost of reweaving parts of a rug is more expensive than patching it for fine rugs we suggest reweaving them to retain the value of your investment. For a cheaper rug yes a patch will be acceptable.… Read the rest