What kind of rug do I have?

Do I have a Persian or Turkish knot rug?

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What is a Turkish or Persian knot?

The professionals at Behnam Rugs Persian Rug Cleaner can identify all types of rugs just by looking at their knots.  Feel free to call and set up an appointment for a free verbal appraisal for all your rugs.

What did Alexander the Great have to do with the legend of the famous Turkish Gordian knot?

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Alexander the Great Gordian-knot

There is an ancient story about Alexander the Great and how he didn’t untie the famous Gordian Knot which was the challenge but he just cut through it! Because of this legend the fine Gordian Knot lives on and by having Behnam Rugs Persian Rug Cleaner maintain your rugs they will live on also.

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Cold Days and Persian Rugs

 

Cold Days and Persian Rugs go together just like all the tips in Freshome online magazine article:

10 Wise Ways To Save On Winter Home Heating by Wendy  Link at end of this blog.

Here is an excerpt from the original article:

Area Rugs

Area rugs are often used as a design element in a room; they add color and style while unifying a space. During the cold winter months, they serve another important function: Rugs add a layer of insulation to the floor, trapping cool air underneath and keep it from seeping up and cooling the room. The warmth of the rug will keep your feet toasty, too.

The best way to hold down your heating costs is to heat your home efficiently while keeping the cold out. Adequate insulation in the attic, heavy window treatments and an extra rug on the floor will help to keep a room warm. Keep the warm air in, moderate the temperature and before long you’ll realize the savings.

Take that savings and venture somewhere warm or invest in something special. Either option is better than paying high heating costs. What would you do with the money you save?

Mr. Ben “Behnam” Tavakolian of Behnam Rugs says warm those cold days up and your home with a Persian Rug

Persian rugs not only make your room more cozy and warm but they will also add warm colors to your living environment. At the end of a long work day walking barefoot on rugs will give a nice massage to your feet as well.

When you work with Behnam Rugs we always give free tips on how to keep your rugs looking good and lasting for generations one tip is,  if you have a good rug and you use it all year-round please make sure to rotate your position of rug once a year for a more even wear.

When it is time to have your rugs refreshed let Behnam Rugs Persian Rug Cleaner fully hand-wash your fine rugs every 4 to 5 years to preserve the beauty of all your rug investment.

 

Ainsley Collection Rug
Ainsley Collection Rug

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Antique Tapestry or Replica?

What else could be found in a Persian Rug Gallery?..You may be asking yourself after watching C.B.S news recently. They covered the discovery of King Henry VIII tapestry you can read the original article here LINK or watch the video.  Mr. Behnam Tavakolian from Behnam Persian Rug Gallery  gives his expert opinion to this news.

Behnam Rugs Tapestry CBS News
Behnam Rugs Tapestry CBS News

“I am not surprised to see a lost treasure has been found somewhere far away from its home and origin. Persian rugs, fine tapestries and textiles in the category of valuable silently being moved because they are easy to transfer and then being hidden for years has happened once again and still they hold their original value tremendously. The recent discovery of a long lost King Henry VIII tapestry in a Persian rug gallery in New York is no exception.”

“I have seen often through the years of been in business, people bring in their family treasures, rugs and tapestries for evaluation and restoration and be totally surprised when we tell them how old and how valuable some of their pieces are.”  One recent example is The Zucker family tapestry you can watch the video on our YOUTUBE and also read our blog on how it was restored. LINK   

The process starts when a family member ask us to evaluate their grandparents rugs after inheriting it and then request for us to properly take care of it. We appraise and restore hundreds of inherited rugs a year and we always educate the  rug owners on how to properly care for their family heritage to make sure their rugs also last generations.

My personal opinion of this “Long- lost tapestry” after watching a video of it and seeing pictures is that this tapestry is a replica. It has been copied from the original design, in material, size, color and workmanship.

The market was flooded with tapestries during the 1980’s to 2000.  Persian rug importers with the help of Persian Rug designers from Iran going into China to utilize inexpensive labor produced millions of reproductions of fine tapestries. French tapestry makers also made lots of replicas of original tapestries in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s in France.

This tapestry has to be over 400 years old to be King Henry the 8th’s.  If it was just stored the raw materials hand crafted from silk,  cotton, wool or combination into yarn to make it would have become more oxidized and very fragile even after 100 years due to their organic properties.  Still this could be King Henry VIII tapestry if it was kept in a controlled climate storage with the  temperature, airflow, and humidity all regulated. The best way to determine the age of any masterpiece is by performing a complete fiber test.

How did King Henry VIII’s tapestry from the palace of Hampton Court of England end up at the Persian Rug Gallery in New York? —You never know, maybe they gave it for restoration and cleaning and never picked it back up.

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The Differences Between Silk and Wool Persian Rugs

If you are thinking about buying a hand-woven Persian or Oriental rug, you may be unsure about what kind of rug to purchase. Should you buy one made of silk or made of wool? Here are a few things to keep in mind about each of these materials as you make your decision.

Silk is more valuable than wool, and so hand-made Persian rugs made of silk can be quite a bit more expensive than those made from wool.

Silk rugs have more of a shine to them. Wool, on the other hand, is more subdued, has a more flat appearance. Wool rugs do not stand out as much as silk rugs. But both types of rugs come in many different designs and colors and textures.

The design of silk rugs is usually more intricate than it is on wool rugs. That is because silk, being a finer material, allows more knots per square inch than other types of rugs. So, you get a design that is more defined.

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A Qum silk Persian rug.

Wool rugs generally have about 100 to 300 knots per square inch. A rug made completely of silk, on the other hand, would generally have about 300 to 600 knots per square inch. Because there are more knots, it usually takes three or four times as long to weave a silk rug, making a more intricate pattern. As a result, the price is usually three to four times a wool rug.

Some silk rugs can have up to 1,000 knots per square inch, but these are rare.

Wool rugs hold up better than silk rugs over time because the material is not as delicate as silk. Plus, wool rugs handle spills and stains better. You can pretty much put them anywhere in the house because they can bear the foot traffic.

Silk rugs, however, are another story. They are more delicate, and so you need to be careful where you put them. They should not be used in areas where there is a lot of foot traffic. You can also see the dirt on them much more easily than with wool rugs. They are more often used as wall hangings than on the floor.

Silk is also not quite as strong as wool. Wool is very strong – you can fold it up to 20,000 times before it will break. Silk will last about 8,000 folds. However, silk rugs do retain their shape better than wool. Also, silk does not rot to the degree of cotton, which is used as a foundation for many wool rugs. As a result, many of the world’s oldest rugs are silk.

We have many fine, hand-knotted wool and silk rugs here in our Behnam Rugs’ Dallas showroom soon. Call us at 972-733-0400 to learn more about these textile works of art.

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