Persian and Oriental Rug Appraisals

If you own a fine rug, the best thing you can do for it (besides regular professional cleaning) is to get it appraised. Behnam Rugs deals with antique, vintage, and coveted Persian and Oriental rugs on a daily basis, so we can easily determine the current value of your rug. The value of your rug is influenced by age, color, condition, current rug trends, designs, size, technical features, and much more. All verbal appraisals are free, and we invite you to set up an appraisal appointment to learn how much your rug is worth. We are open Monday through Saturday, from 9AM to 5:30PM. You can give us a call, email us, or use our contact form to set up an appraisal appointment. We recommend having your rug appraised on a frequent basis, about every three years or so.

The rug market is dynamic and influenced by specific types of rugs, and these categories vary frequently. Rugs trends, like fashion trends, come and go, and the value of your rug may change depending on how in-demand it is. There are certain rugs that are always in style, specifically Persian and Oriental antiques, which tend to hold higher value with less variation due to current trends.

If you require an appraisal for insurance purposes, ask us about our written appraisals. These appraisals are official and detail both the market value and the replacement value of your rug. Many insurance companies will not honor written appraisals over three years old, so make sure your papers are up to date. Rug appraisals provide peace of mind and prepare you for the worst in the case of flooding, theft, damage, or natural disasters.

Have a lot of rugs? Ask us about our rug portfolio and what it can do for you. Call us at 972-733-0400 or visit us, Monday through Saturday from 9AM to 5:30PM.… Read the rest

Rug Appraisals

Certified Rug Appraisals

Do you need a Persian, Oriental, or Area Rug appraised for insurance purposes? Behnam Rugs offers verbal and written rug appraisals. We offer written rug appraisals for fair market value as well as replacement value. Please give us a call at 972-733-0400 if you need a written appraisal for insurance purposes.

We deal with antique, vintage, and coveted Persian and Oriental rugs on a daily basis; we can easily determine the current value of your rug. The value of your rug is influenced by age, color, condition, current rug trends, designs, size, technical features, and much more. We provide written appraisals by request. We need to physically see your rug to determine its state of health, either in person or through a Facetime call.

The rug market is fueled by specific, in-demand types of rugs, and these categories vary frequently. Rugs trends, like fashion trends, are quite subjective. The value of your rug may change depending on how sought after it is. We recommend having your rug appraised on a frequent basis, about every three years or so.

In addition, if you do not wish to meet face to face, just schedule a Facetime call with us and we will appraise your rug during the call. If you know the relevant information about your rug, such as the size, material, country of origin, and approximate age, you can text us a few pictures of your rugs and we can appraise them that way. 

We are open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. You can give us a call, email us, or use our contact form to set up an appraisal appointment.

If you require an appraisal for insurance purposes, ask us about our written appraisals. These appraisals are official and detail both the market value and the replacement value of your rug. Many insurance companies will not honor written appraisals over three years old, so make sure your papers are up to date. Read the rest

Water Damage on Your Rugs

Damaged RugHow to Clean a Water Damaged Rug

This blog is all about rescuing rugs affected by hail damage, roof damage, water leaks, flash flooding, broken skylights, and more. Behnam Rugs is here to help.

Before Behnam Rugs can pick up your rugs to clean and sanitize them, there are a few steps you can take to minimize any damage.

1. Carefully remove debris from your rugs. We cannot stress the emphasis on carefully enough! There could be tiny pieces of glass in your rug, and you won’t find out until you step on one. Wear protective shoes while removing debris. Remove what you can, but please do not hurt yourself trying to do more than that. Wearing gloves while removing debris can make the process a bit safer.
2. If your rug is wet or even partially wet, dry it by using a towel to absorb excess water. If you have access to a water extractor, you may consider using it. If you are not 100% sure on how to operate a water extractor, it’s best to not do anything with it at all, however.
3. Use a fan to dry your rugs if there is even a chance that your rug may be wet. Do not use a hair dryer or anything that uses heat to dry. This will harm your rug. Dehumidifiers can help as well.
4. If your rug is in an area that could receive run-off water, remove it from the area immediately. Run-off water could potentially contain chemicals that will damage your rug and permanently change its color.

Taking these steps will prevent color runs and bleeding, as well as damage to the rug’s fibers and dyes.

If your rug is already showing signs of color bleeding, worry not! Behnam rugs specializes in fixing color bleeding in rugs. Call us at 972-733-0400. We can also restore the pile of your rug and restore antique rugs if these are services you need, too. If your rug has been damaged, contact Behnam Rugs as soon as possible. The sooner you tackle a rug problem, the better the results will be, especially when you’re dealing with water damage. Remember, if you let your rug sit in water for more than 24 hours, there is a high chance of mold occurring. Mold can be dangerous to you as well as extremely harmful to your rug.

If you are not able to return to your rugs or if they have been damaged beyond repair (or totaled- your rug can be totaled just like a car!),… Read the rest

New Possibilities for Old and Unwanted Persian and Oriental Rugs

Rug made into a pillowWhat to do with Old and Unwanted Persian and Oriental Rugs

Over the years, what you need from a rug may change. Perhaps you have moved to a new home. Maybe you are changing the colors and décor in the home that you are already in. There are plenty of reasons why a fine rug you once loved in your home might no longer be the best rug for you. The question is, what do you do with such an expensive rug?

Ben Tavakolian, the founder of Behnam Rugs, suggests considering the generous route. You can gift your rug to family members, friends, co-workers, or colleagues as a valuable gift that they can enjoy for years to come.

Oriental and Persian rugs are excellent investments, not just value-wise, but because they are resilient and will last over the years when properly cared for. Do you know any young families or newlywed couples? They might really appreciate the gift! A great rug can turn a house into a home.

If you do not have anyone that you would like to gift your rug to, consider having it appraised before you donate, sell, or trash it. At Behnam Rugs, we offer free verbal appraisals. These are the types of appraisals you would use when you are simply curious about the value of your rug, or if you do not want to pay for a written appraisal without knowing if your rug is actually worth anything. For tax and insurance purposes, however, you will need a written appraisal. At Behnam Rugs, these generally cost about $100-$150 per appraisal. Written appraisals give both the market value and the replacement value.

Once you know the value of your rug, you can sell it or donate it. If you would like to sell your rug, read our in-depth blog post, Options for Selling a Persian/Oriental Rug. This post will detail your options for selling a rug and list the pros and cons of each option.

Donation is another route. Now, we don’t mean donating your rug to Goodwill or Salvation Army, although you can certainly do so if you wish. Many fine rug owners who donate their rugs actually donate them to universities or nonprofit organizations. We’re sure your favorite start-up restaurant or boutique would really appreciate a helping hand with decorating too! A huge perk of donating is that donating a rug will provide a nice end-of-the-year tax benefit for you.… Read the rest

Should You Insure Your Persian Rug?

Insuring Your Persian Rug

FAQs

Should I insure my rug(s)?

Short Answer: Yes.
Medium-Length Answer: Yes, because it is probably not covered under your home insurance!
Long Answer:
Your rug is a valuable work of art, and like any collectible with monetary and historical value, you should have it insured. Your rugs, while beautiful pieces of home decor, are also investments. Although no one ever wants to imagine their home being broken into, flooded, or on fire, the reality is that these things do happen. It’s better to over-prepare than to under-prepare.

Rugs are one of the most common victims of any home incident. Rugs are generally laid on the floor. They take up a lot of space, and they are difficult to move. A rug is certainly not the first thing on the list of things to save in case of an accident in most people’s minds, nor would it even be feasible to save your rug in the first place. A rug is not just large, but it is heavy too. If you are ever in a fire or flood, please do not stop to rescue your rug. We understand that it has a lot of value, both financial and sentimental, but you could very well be risking your own life in this situation.

If you are planning to insure the rug, here are the steps you need to take:

  1.  Have your rug appraised. Insurance companies will require a written appraisal, so although you may know the value of rug, you will need its value in writing. You will want a certified professional to appraise your rug. Behnam Rugs offers certified rug appraisals, but if you are not from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, we understand wanting to stay local. Ask the rug appraiser for a sample of their work and for references. After examining your rug, the appraiser will supply you with a document that contains at least the following: a description (origin, materials, pattern, etc.) of your rug, the condition, its size, and necessary repairs it needs, and its value.You can use your written appraisal to insure your rug. This document will serve as valid proof of the value of your rug should you need to ever replace your rug or pay for any accident-related repairs. Behnam Rugs’ written appraisals give both market value as well as replacement value.
  2.  Check your home insurance policy. Many times, Persian and Oriental rugs are not covered under your typical home insurance policy.
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