Identify Natural Silk Rug vs Viscose Rayon Silk Rug

Identify Natural Silk Rug vs Viscose Rayon Silk Rug

How to differentiate Genuine Natural Silk Rug from Viscose Rayon Silk Rug?

Natural Silk Rug Fibers

The most important way to identify natural silk rug fibers from viscose rayon silk rug fibers is the rug burn test. Visit Behnam Rugs, Dallas, Texas. We help you with your silk rugs testing. When you gently remove a few fibers of silk from the back side of a rug, and lit it, the natural silk will burn slowly with a faint glow. The burning fibers will curl into a ball with a similar smell of burning human hair or bird feathers.  Once you touch the ashes, they break into powder.  Finally, when leaving the flame, it stops burning immediately.

Viscose Rayon Silk Rugs Fibers

In comparison, identify viscose rayon silk rugs fibers will burn with a smell like burning paper. The soft ashes will drip and form residue. (not considered ash). It also produces black smoke. It will continue to burn even after the flame is taken away. Man-made silk rugs are extremely flammable.

Natural silk and viscose rayon silk are very similar to the untrained eye. Viscose is shiny and soft as natural silk. Natural silk is usually priced ten times higher than artificial silk.

A soft and waxy feeling is unique characteristic of real silk rug products.

Handmade natural silk rugs have an uneven woven pattern versus machine made viscose rayon rugs; although both have a perfect look to the untrained eye.

Real silk rugs do not show fold line because the silk fiber has flexibility. Yet viscose rayon silk rugs show fold and cannot be fixed. It will stay like that forever.

Washing Natural Silk Rugs

At Behnam Rugs, we specialize in hand washing Natural Silk Rugs delicately. We dry the natural handmade Persian Silk Rug and groom it to bring out its original characteristics. We use special organic shampoo. We also hand wash viscose rayon rugs.

If you have any questions please visit us at BehnamRugs in Dallas, or simply give us a call at 972-733-0400.

Organic Rug Cleaning

Organic Rug Cleaning

Behnam Rugs specializes in Organic Rug Cleaning and has taken great pride in the care of fine oriental rugs since 1978. Our expertise and experience combined with the ORGANIC RUG CLEANING TECHNOLOGY means authenticity of rug cleaning in America and the preservation of hand washing of all variety of rugs may they be natural silk, wool or rayon silk!

We appreciate the art of handmade rugs, from hand knotting line-by-line and the care of each unique rug. Our process includes thoroughly inspecting each rug to insure the correct cleaning procedure as we understand not all rugs have the same fiber content or natural dye structure and it should wash differently.

Organic Rug Shampoo

Behnam Rugs uses organic shampoo and natural organic rinses.  We use legendary washing techniques for all special rugs. We use special hand labored brushes, organic shampoos, cold water, hot water rinses as needed, and special organic enzymes. Our organic enzymes were specifically created for us. We wash each side of the rug three (3) times and more.  We do not use any kind of machinery or harsh chemicals for our rug cleaning service.

Our crew at Behnam Rugs uses highly efficient methods to remove pet odor and pet stains. Our hand washing method of washing rugs comes from a special technique that has been documented in Persian history of rug making & rug washing, and is used today. We only use organic rug shampoo to prevent damage to natural dyes in wool, silk, and artificial silk. We use our special organic shampoo and different drying methods that all aid the rug to reach its best quality.

Behnam Rugs 10 Point Cleaning Process

  1. Pre-Cleaning Inspection
  2. Unique Tagging
  3. Dry Soil Removal
  4. Color Fast Testing
  5. Pre-Conditioning
  6. Soak in Natural Enzymes
  7. Rinsing
  8. Post Wash, Quality Control, and Inspection
  9. Detailing and Grooming during and after drying process.
  10. We use non recycle City of Dallas water for all rug washing and rinsing

Behnam Rugs hand washes each rug in a submersion cleaning area that is specially designed for washing rugs the authentic way. However, certain type of rugs such as tufted and shaggy rug may require additional attention and time for drying.

Behnam Rugs also offers skilled rug repair by master weaver, which is done by hand for all types of rug repair. When choosing care for all your Persian antique rug cleaning and repair needs consider excellence you can depend on with Behnam Rugs of Dallas and over 40 years of excellence! Experience matters when it comes to handmade rugs.

We offer rug appraisals for fair market value and replacement value are also available on request.

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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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Tabriz, an example of the finest rug in the world

Tabriz, an example of the finest rug in the world.

You have a Tabriz rug if the designs are very sharp and clear to see.

These excellent designs makes your rug among the most beautiful and desirable of all Persian rugs.

Another easily identifiable trait of Tabriz rugs is the center medallion, many fine Tabriz rugs have a center medallion. A rug medallion is like the diamond on a ring.  The medallion can come in the diamond design and is normally found in the center you may have a very nice rug with matching designs in the corners like the rug pictured.

This Persian Tabriz rug is on display at Behnam Rugs, it is worth taking a look at with its regal patterns including flowers, branches, and all over intricate design.

An average weaver can tie between 4,000 and 8,000 knots in a day. This means that a 9′ X 12′ rug woven at 350 knots per inch can take over two years for one weaver to make.

Another sign of a fine rug is how close the knots or raj  are and how many knots make up the entire rug.  In Iran, most knot counts are measured in “raj”. One raj is the number of warp threads in 7 centimeters

The term Raj in connection with the name of Tabriz carpets refers to the number of knots in a 70 mm span range. The denomination 40 Raj refers to carpets with 400-500.000 knots/m2, 50 Raj to carpets with approximately 500-600.000 knots/m2, 60 Raj to carpets with 600-800.000 knots/m2 and 70 Raj to carpets with approximately 800-1.000.000 knots/m2. The last mentioned being extremely rare on today’s market.

KPSI Knots per square inch

Low KPSI starts at: 50

Average KPSI starts at: 400

High KPSI starts at: 600 & up

Can you count the KPSI of this rug?

This rug is on display at Behnam Rugs feel free to count the knots and feel the quality construction of all our rugs for sale.

Persian Tabriz Rug
Persian Tabriz Rug

Do I have a Soumak rug?

What is a Soumak rug?

Soumak rugs are very decorative with abstract geometric designs found mostly in smaller sizes due to being made by semi-nomadic tribal weavers.

The spelling of this type of rug can be written different ways Soumak: Soumakh, Sumak, Sumac, and Soumac.

Soumak is a type of weave, a flat weave like a Kilim but stronger and thicker with an identifiable front and a ragged back. Construction of these rugs are mostly woven with needle or special hooks.

Some of the designs look a lot like what you can find on Kilim rugs with geometric designs like the eye, cross, hook, animal motifs and central diamond shapes.

Mr. Ben “Behnam” Tavakolian says that fine Soumak rugs originated from the western parts of Iran:  Kurdistan, Kermanshah and Turkey the very cold areas are known for their soumak rugs even silk soumak rugs. You may still find them in many other parts of Iran.

These very nice Soumak rugs below are on display and for sale at Behnam Rugs, stop in and experience them in person!

Soumak Rug
Soumak Rug