How to Pair Modern and Traditional Rugs in Your Living Space

Modern and traditional rugsHow to Pair Modern and Traditional Rugs in Your Living Space

If you have a large living space in your home, you’ve probably considered decorating with multiple rugs. This can make a room more lively and interesting, with multiple focal points to draw the eye. But how do you choose the right combination of colors, shades, patterns, and styles to ensure the look is cohesive?

You can hire an interior designer, or you can read this blog.

One of the most popular methods is to pair rugs with similar colors but different designs. A traditional rug along with a modern rug can go together if the colors are quite similar. Mixing patterns with colors in the same shade family can result in a pleasing aesthetic. Consider using the most trendy colors to keep the space fresh. Light blues, grays, tans, and rusts are easy on the eyes while also being quite current.

Traditional medallions pair well with the abstract designs that are common in modern pieces. This pairing keeps your home from feeling stagnant, as can be the case when traditional rugs are paired with conventional accessories and furniture. Too often, traditional patterns make an already traditionally decorated room appear stuffy. On the other hand, modern rugs may need something to temper their simple designs. By mixing these two types of patterns, you are left with a room that has character and intrigue.

In general, contemporary colored rugs go together regardless of whether the design is modern or traditional. Pair traditionally designed and colored rugs in rich reds and blues with traditionally designed rugs.

And there you have it, all the ways you can mix and match different rugs by using colors and patterns to create a welcoming living space.

Why Do Some Rugs Still Smell After They are Washed?

Dirt removed by massaging the rug

Why Do Some Rugs Still Smell After They are Washed?

The dirt hiding in your rug’s pile is destroying your fine rug. Over time, dust and debris travel down from the top of you rug to settle in the pile. This can cause your rug to smell, but even worse, it can damage the fibers of your rug and create micro-tears, causing the foundation to wear away, revealing threadbare patches.

So, where does this damaging debris come from, how does it build up over the years, and how can you remove it?

The debris that settles into the pile of your rug typically comes from the daily use of the rug. Pet dander, hair, and urine, skin cells, dirt from outside, food particles, and humidity create the perfect environment for a type of clay mixed with microorganisms to form in the rug’s pile. Vacuuming just pushes this clay deeper into the foundation of your rug. Foot traffic grinds it in as well.

Some types of dirt, such as sand, have sharp edges that can cut the strands of the rug’s wool fibers. This causes fibers to be added to the dirt trapped in your rug, making larger and larger amounts of damaging debris laying in the pile. As your rug experiences foot traffic and vacuuming, the dirt trapped in the pile moves and cuts more and more fibers. Eventually, the foundation of the rug becomes exposed due to a loss of density.

Dirt in the rug's pile
This is a cross section of a rug that demonstrates where the dust gets trapped over time.

As the density decreases, the sharpness of the design of your rug lessens over time, eventually becoming blurry and threadbare. In addition, this debris can be malodorous and contain many allergens that irritate your immune system. Your guests may notice a smell when they enter your home that you have become nose blind to.

We highly recommend that you vacuum your rug face down every year or two to loosen this clay that is no doubt trapped in the body of your rug. Never use the vacuum’s beater brush when vacuuming your handmade rug’s face. Once the buildup is loosened you can vacuum at least some of it out.

This will extend the life of your rug, but simply vacuuming at home is not enough. Every three to five years your rug needs to be professionally cleaned to remove this damaging substance. Waiting too long will cause your rug to become threadbare and the design to become blurry.

Dirt removed
These are the magnified particles that are hiding in your rug.

In conclusion, what can you do about this clay lying in the pile and slowly destroying your rug?

The best thing to do is have it professionally cleaned. Behnam Rugs uses a traditional Persian hand washing method that removes this damaging clay. Sometimes, washing alone is not enough to remove the dirt and odor from deep within the rug’s pile. When this happens, the team at Behnam beats both sides of the rug with wood paddles, as well as rolls up the rug with the back side facing up and massages the rug, loosening the debris.

Our deep tissue rug massage is sure to remove this harmful clay by breaking up and loosening the dirt and debris. Once removed, the odor trapped in your rug disappears, and your rug is once more ready to be a centerpiece in your home.

If the rug is professionally washed and still has odor, it for sure has sand and dirt trapped inside the pile and foundation. The longevity of your fine rug depends on how often it is washed and how well the dust and debris is removed.

When it comes to rugs and their care, experience matters.

North Dallas’ Premiere Emporium of Fine Handmade Rugs Schedules Seminar Brunch on How to Spot a Fake


Dallas, TX- September 14, 2019: Have you ever noticed a rug store that has curiously been “going out of business” for five years? Have you ever been invited to an auction of luxury goods held in  a hotel instead of an auction house? These are but two possible clues that someone could be perpetrating a fraud. To ensure that anyone who is interested in purchasing a fine, handmade rug does not find themselves wondering how they paid $20,000 for a piece worth $2,000, Behnam Rugs is devoting its next seminar/brunch, “Rug Value or Rug Fraud?” specifically to this subject.

The upcoming seminar will be on October 19th from 11 AM to 1 PM at their Preston Road showroom and is free to the public. The talk will be led by Behnam Rugs owner Ben Tavakolian,
who brings a lifetime of study and professional experience to the role
of educator and de-facto consumer advocate. “The particular seminar
affords me the chance to give something back to the community in
several ways,” he explained. “It connects people with a shared interest
in fine rugs but also shines a light on a type of consumer fraud that is
perpetrated regularly on a local level. Now consumers will have the
tools to be their own superheroes,” he added with a laugh.

In addition to the opportunity to learn
about the history, care and acquisition of fine rugs in an elegant,
relaxed setting, guests will can bring in their own rugs and receive a
free written appraisal from the Behnam team of experts. The showroom is located at 18000 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252. Dogs are welcome.

About Behnam Rugs:

Since 1978, Behnam Rugs has been in the business of selling fine handmade rugs
and providing expert cleaning, repair, and restoration services. In 1999, Behnam
“Ben” Tavakolian moved the company to its present location on Preston Road,
where he designed and built a distinctive Mediterranean-style showroom and service center from the ground up. The showroom was designed to utilize as
much natural light as possible, as it showcases beautiful antique and new rugs
from around the world. It is a source to interior designers, architects, and
homeowners who have come to appreciate the unparalleled selection. Adjacent
to the showroom is the Behnam Rugs state of the art, hand-wash rug cleaning and
rug repair and restoration center.



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Attend our Event October 19th!

Behnam Rugs is hosting a free seminar brunch on Saturday, October 19th from 11 AM to 1 PM. Learn how to spot rug fraud and find out the true value of your fine rug. Owner and rug expert Ben Tavakolian will reveal the places most likely to scam you with a fake rug sale. Don’t miss this event! You may fall victim to rug fraud without this valuable knowledge and lose thousands. Fill out the form below to register to attend.

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5 Things you can do with an Unwanted Rug

Rug made into a pillow5 Things you can do with an Unwanted Rug

Over time, you may fall out of love with your rug or decide to redecorate your home and the rug doesn’t match the new aesthetic. You may move and your rug doesn’t fit in your new home. There are a few options if you want to get rid of an old rug. Don’t just throw it away!

  1. If you’re selling your home, you can always include the rug with the sale of the house. This adds value and the new homeowners may love the rug. Oversized rugs add a lot to the room and can be a pain to move.
  2. Consider giving the rug to a family member, especially if the rug is valuable. This is often the case with authentic Persian rugs and antique rugs. Keeping it in the family will give your family member the opportunity to own a rug that appreciates in value and you don’t truly lose the heirloom or the memories.
  3. Donation is a charitable option for those looking to get rid of a rug. Every year, Behnam Rugs helps clients donate rugs to churches, schools, nonprofits, and other organizations. Consult with us and a financial advisor to be sure you go through the correct channels. Proper documentation is necessary for a tax write off. Stop by Behnam Rugs to get the papers for official donation documents.
  4. You may try to sell your rug. This is not easy and depends on the quality, age, and type of rug you wish to sell. A unique, authentic, older Persian rug is much easier to sell than a machine made rug or even some handmade rugs. If your rug is made in a color or style that is no longer popular you may have trouble selling it. Refer with Behnam Rugs to make sure you are selling your rug for the right price. We give free verbal appraisals on Saturdays. If you are using eBay or Craigslist it may take a long time to sell your rug unless it is rare. This can be discouraging. Another way to sell your rug is by taking it to a rug store and seeing if they are interested.
  5. Repurposing or altering- Maybe you still like the design of your rug but no longer have room for it or wish to redecorate the space the rug used to be in. Repurposing may be right for you. Depending on the quality and design, the rug may be used to make pillows, furniture covers, a wall hanging, or decorative items like a mirror border or headboard. Another option is altering. You can bring your rug to a retailer like Behnam Rugs and get your rug resized or cut into a new shape. This will allow you to use the rug in a different space. For more information, please confer with with us before you make a final decision.