How to Store Your Rug to Avoid Moth Damage

A rug damaged by mothsSo you’ve decided to store your heirloom rug. Moths are one of the biggest threats to the integrity of fine Oriental rugs in storage. They love dark spaces and dirty rugs. That’s why its essential to store your fine Oriental rug properly. An improperly stored rug can become a breeding ground for hungry and destructive moths. There are a few tips you should follow if you are preparing to store your precious rug. Choosing not to follow these tips can result in a damaged rug that needs costly repairs or even the complete destruction of your rug.Destructive Rug Eating Moth

The first thing you’ll want to do is have your rug cleaned professionally. This ensures that no tasty tidbits of dirt remain to entice moths.

Next, make sure to store your rug in a dry, climate controlled space. Once you have selected a spot to store your rug(s), thoroughly clean the space. Sweep, vacuum, and if you have access to a leaf blower, blast the area, especially nooks and crannies where moths may be hiding. Moths love dark, quiet areas.

Once your rug and the storage area are clean, you’re ready to store your rug. Use a bed sheet or muslin to wrap your rug completely so that no moths can get in and damage the rug. Why wrap it in bed sheets and cotton fabrics? The wool, silk, and cotton need oxygen in order to survive. Never wrap your rug in plastic or paper. Moths eat paper. You will probably want to wrap your rug around a cardboard cylinder so that it has no trouble standing up if it’s stored in a small space. It is always a good idea to store rugs in a roll elevated from the floor.

Finally, don’t forget about your rug! Check the storage area frequently for dust and debris that can attract moths, mice, squirrels, and termites. The oils and protein in your rug fibers make a nutritious meal for these pests. Next, inspect your rug and its covering for dampness. If your covering has become damp, remove it immediately and find a new cover for the rug. If you’re vigilant about checking your storage area, it’s likely that a damp rug covering will not have had time to dampen and damage your rug.

If you want to be extra safe, install a few moth traps around your rug in its storage area as a preventative measure. We highly recommend a rug in storage be opened outside every two to three years for direct sunlight to penetrate both the front and back sides of your rug. Vacuuming at this time improves longevity as well.

And there you have it! Everything you should do to store your rug and prevent moth damage.

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How a Health Clinic Designed and Built a Modern Workspace

Choosing an installation method for your new rug can be an important process, especially if you want your home or office to look fashionable. Enter insert rugs, a fairly new method of rug installation in which the rug is installed flush with the floor by creating a depression in it. That way your rug is not a tripping hazard and aligns perfectly with the floor for a seamless transition.

Recently, Behnam Rugs completed a project for the Cooper Clinic using the insert rug style. Behnam trimmed three area rugs for an exact fit within the 1-inch depression created in the floor. Their skilled master weavers did this all by hand by using perfect measurement and pattern-making of the cavity to alter a larger rug to fit the space within 1/16th of an inch. It is imperative that the rug fits the depression in the floor exactly for aesthetics.

The finished project.

Cooper Clinic was very happy with how their installation turned out thanks to Tufenkian Rugs, Debbie Bagley, and Behnam Rugs.

Cooper Clinic is a health and wellness organization that gives patients an in-depth, personalized look at their health using specialized tests in less than a day. They offer preventative medicine and fitness tests that were groundbreaking when the clinic opened in 1970. Since then, the Cooper Clinic has become the world’s biggest source of fitness data as it pertains to health. Cooper Clinic recently expanded their location and needed rugs installed in a way that would match their modern taste in decor.

Technicians work on the insert installation to ensure an exact fit.

The installation was completed by Behnam Rugs July 26th, 2019.

Debbie Bagley and Furstenwerth & Bagley Design were also responsible for designing the custom designer rugs used in the insert installation. The firm is known for their full-service interior design experience.

A project like this one often involves multiple design specialists coming together to create something stunning.

Tufted Rug Dallas

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Posted on June 22, 2019

What is a tufted rug? Behnam Rugs will explain that a tufted rug is an area rug that is produced by hand with a special handheld machine that follows a stenciled pattern on a special fabric. This machinery is called a “Tufting Gun”. Tufting guns shoot long yarn through the fabric while passing by horizontally. This leaves a yarn loop at the back and the front for each shot.  Upon completion, a bonding agent such as glue is applied to the back of fabric to hold the loops in place. On top of the glue another fabric is applied to keep looped yarn and glue in place.

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The right side forming the pile will then been sheared and trimmed. The amount of time to make a hand-made tufted 8×10 rug can range from two-weeks to a month; whereas a handmade 8×10 Persian rug takes at least one year to finish.

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Traditionally, tufted rugs were made by hand and designed finely to be used in wearable garments. Today, tufted rugs are made thick and are used as floor covers and area rugs; they are fairly inexpensive. 

The method involved in making a tufted rug is loop-in and loop-out, but the top loop in the front face, facing the weaver, will be cut and later trimmed down to create a thick pile.

Tufted rugs come in various designs and shapes that are appealing to the younger generation.

Keep in mind that pets and especially dogs are allergic to certain tufted rugs. Dogs will attack the rug or pee on the rug. The reason for this is that dogs can smell the glue and it irritates their noses.

In our 2nd event on June 8th, 2019, we explained what goes into a tufted rug and why dogs will show aggression toward tufted rugs. Your dog is telling you that they don’t like that rug. It is best to buy natural handmade oriental rugs instead of a tufted rug. Not only will your pet be happy, but you have also made an investment that will last a long time.

For further questions or comments, please visit Behnam Rugs’ showroom on 18000 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252, or simply give us a call (972)733-0400, and one of our rug experts will be happy to assist you.

Why Do Pets Mark Rugs?

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Why is My Pet Marking My Persian Rug?

Posted on May 24, 2019

Pet Fascination with Rugs

What is the reason for your pet’s fascination with rugs?  Have you ever asked yourself, “So why is my pet marking my Persian Rug?” If you’re reading this blog, chances are you have a pet or dog that just won’t stop marking your rug. Rest assured you are not alone. Behnam Rugs is hosting an event on June 8 to address this common issue among pet owners and especially dog owners. Please attend our upcoming event and click on –> “Rug, Dog, Wine” Event to hear our WRR Radio Ad for our event. If you attend, you will find out why Spot marks your rugs. You will find out what you can do to reduce pet urination on your precious oriental rug. This is actually a fairly common issue among many rug owners. Although we mainly see inappropriate marking occurring among puppies and kittens, adult dogs and cats can also be frequent markers themselves. Let’s find out why. Please read our Press Release “Rug, Dog, Wine” and how to understand you dogs behavior toward your handmade rugs.

Why is My Pet Marking My Rug?

Sometimes, the answer to this question is simply the type of rug that you have. Is your rug a tufted rug? Tufted rugs are rugs with a glued on backing to them. They are quite popular due to being less expensive options than hand-knotted or hand-woven Persian and Oriental rug.

Tufted rugs have a few common issues, though, and one of them is that the glue used to attach the backing to the rug causes many pets to mark the rug. The glue on tufted rugs can come from a variety of sources. It could be a natural or organic type of glue, or it could be a chemical-based glue. Both types of glue give off a distinct odor. Although this odor may not be detectable by humans, pets can definitely smell it.

Dogs are especially sensitive to the odor that a tufted rug’s glue gives off. The scent confuses them and they may urinate on your rug out of confusion. Although puppies are the main offender here, this behavior occurs in dogs of all ages, not just puppies. Cats can also be confused by this odor. If your pet is constantly urinating or marking your tufted rug, it might be time to replace the rug. Although tufted rugs may seem like an inexpensive option when you purchase them, the amount of cleaning you will end up needing is simply not worth it in the end. Read our blog to find out what you don’t know about tufted rugs.

But My Rug Isn’t Tufted!

Your pet may still mark your rug, even if it is not tufted. There are a few reasons for this:

If your pet has marked your rug for quite some time and it has not stopped this behavior, it might be because your pet believes that marking your rug is allowed. Your pet cannot tell the difference between a fine rug and “its spot.” They are one and the same to your pet. It is important to stop your pet from marking your rug as soon as you see signs of this behavior. All pets are different, so there is no universal approach to stopping the behavior. We suggest taking the approach that you normally do when you are teaching your pet right from wrong.

If your pet is normally well trained and has suddenly started marking your rug for no reason at all, there could be a few different causes.

Is your pet marking many surfaces and not just your rug? Your pet could have digestive or urinary tract issues. This is especially common in older dogs and cats. Call your vet and explain what is going on. Let them know that your pet does not normally do this, and this behavior is recent. They will be able to provide you with the proper knowledge on how to approach this situation.

If your pet is only marking your Persian rug, you must approach the situation differently. This is likely not an issue with your pet’s health but with your pet’s behavior. There is a very good chance that your pet was marking the rug without you noticing, and they have been conditioned to believe that is okay. Keep a close eye on your pet and stop them from marking the rug as soon as you see them trying to do so. Alternatively, you can stop your pet from being on your rug at all. Another reason that your pet might only be marking your rug is that there is some sort of odor attached to it that your pet does not agree with, such as the smell of another animal or, as mentioned above, the smell of your pet’s own urine. At Behnam Rugs we wash rugs with live enzymes and organic shampoos.

How to Get Rid of the Odor

Behnam Rugs strongly suggests having your rug cleaned and opting for an enzyme wash. An enzyme wash will break down the odors in your rug, including the odors that make your pet feel that it is okay to mark your rug. You can read more about this process on our odor removal page, or you can call us for more information. There is no obligation to purchase a service if you call us. We understand that you might want to shop around, and sometimes you just want to know how rugs are cleaned in the first place.

For information on how to minimize odors and prevent stains after an accident, check out our blog post, Baking Soda and Persian Rugs: Taking Steps to Minimize Pet Damage to Your Rug.