Pick the Right Rug Padding

Rug padDoes My Rug Need Padding?

Yes, all rugs need padding. Whether your rug is on wood floors, vinyl, or carpet, when you walk on your rug, you do not want to move the foundation of it. Installing a pad underneath your rug helps the rug not to move, and it helps preserve the quality of the knots in your rug too.

When a rug is installed without a pad, its shape will distort over time. Your rug will lose its shape, be it rectangular or round, simply from being shifted and moved frequently. Padding will prevent this, and it will help to extend the life of your rug. In addition, a rug that is no longer perfectly shaped will lose some of its value.

When you walk on a rug with a pad installed, it feels softer and more comfortable under your feet. You also won’t have to worry about your rug slipping underneath you and causing an accident, and yes, this CAN happen on carpeted floors, too.

Because it absorbs some impact from furniture and foot traffic, padding can increase the life of your rug by as much as 40%. The most absorbent type of padding is felt. However, the placement, construction, and your personal preferences are what will help you decide which padding is best for your rug.

What Kind of Padding Do I Need?

Rug pad materials perform differently based on the material of the rug. Ask us to help you pick the right pad material for your rug. Our certified rug care specialists can give advice and input so that you choose the best padding for your situation. We will also cut the pad to the shape of your rug.

For many years, hair and jute based pads were the only varieties available. Felt pads are newer, and we recommend this material for most types of rugs. Felt is made of recycled, synthetic materials. Moths will not eat these fibers, and the synthetic fibers of felt are longer lasting than the hair and jute fibers.

The firmness and stability of synthetic felt also give it the advantage of being able to eliminate any ripples and bumps that can cause uneven wear when a rug lies on the floor without a pad. To be truly effective, a half inch thick pad is needed.

Unfortunately, felt pads can still slip underneath smaller rugs, even if the pad is dense. For smaller rugs, we recommend purchasing rubber padding. Be careful not to mix rubber pads with sponge or foam pads.

We do not recommend sponge or foam padding, as they are too soft and can bottom out- stressing the foundation of Persian and Oriental rugs. This is especially applicable to thin, finely woven rugs, flat weaves, or antique rugs. Sponge and foam pads can disintegrate and even stick to wood floors. If you have an antique rug, it is especially important you choose the proper padding to maintain the condition it is already in after 80 to 100 years of life.

One of the best types of rug pad on the market is a fourth-inch thick synthetic felt bonded to a thin, solid rubber backing. This type of pad can serve two purpose. First, it is excellent at anchoring the rug to your floor, preventing slipping.

Second, its felt layer helps to extend the life of your rug. As previously mentioned, a rug without a pad can slide around and cause serious falls and injuries. This type of padding is recommended for all scatter rugs and area rugs that do not have a thick foundation, such as antique rugs, needlepoint, Aubusson tapestries, and flat weaves.

Another benefit of this type of pad is that it can also be used on thick rugs. It is thinner than synthetic felt and will not add on to the thickness of your rug. You can even place this padding on top of carpet. It eliminates rippling, buckling, and adjusting, even on wall to wall carpeted areas.

If you have a rug in need of padding, call us at 972-733-0400. Our specialists will make sure you are informed of your options, their benefits and drawbacks, as well as the price. Rug padding is generally a very small investment that makes a big impact on the longevity and safety of the rug in your home.

Rubber or Vinyl & Felt
Rubber padding on the Left and “Black” padding on the right with vinyl and felt.

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!), contact us at 972-733-0400. and we will prepare an appraisal for insurance purposes. As long as you have some photographs of your rug and records of the sale or records of what kind of rug you had, we can make an appraisal for you. Talk to your insurance provider to see if the cost of your rug or rug restoration can be covered.

My Handmade Rug Does Not Fit My Room! What Do I Do?

What to Do When a Handmade Rug Does Not Fit

Here’s the situation- the rug you just fell in love with and purchased doesn’t fit your room. What can you do when this happens? Is it acceptable to alter the rug to better fit the room? Yes! It is perfectly acceptable to alter a rug (One way to avoid this problem is to work with a rug dealer that allows you to try the rug in your home for a day or two before purchasing. Luckily, Behnam Rugs is one of those dealers).

We do strongly suggest having a team of professionals, such as the team at Behnam Rugs, do this, though. You might be concerned that you are ruining the rug in some way by doing this, but at the end of the day, it is your rug and it needs to best fit your needs- not the needs of an antique buyer fifty years down the line. Many times size modifications, when done correctly, are not noticeable- most people will think the rug was bought at that size.

There are several options for modifying your rug. You can have your rug cut and bound, texturized, sheared, re-sized, fitted to use as an insert, or even cut into multiple rugs. If you’re not sure about the best option for your needs, let us know. We will be more than happy to work with you until we find a solution that you are happy with.

Behnam Rugs receives modification requests from all parts of the nation. One of these jobs was to cut and re-bind a handmade rug to custom fit a room for the tallest building in Oklahoma City, the Devon Tower.

A design group purchased a rug measuring 10 feet by 20 feet. The rug purchased by the group was an elegant, fine wool and silk blend rug from Tufenkian Rugs. There was a bit of an issue, though. Upon installation, the design group found that their perfect rug did not fit so perfectly, due to some large columns in the room.

Although you may know Behnam Rugs as a fine rug sales showroom, we also work on cleaning and repairing fine rugs. Tufenkian Rugs referred the design firm to our service team in Dallas, Texas. The rug needed some extensive modifications.

The designers needed the rug to fit their office perfectly. The rug had to go around a large column. The rug also had to be split into two separate rugs, which would each be placed on opposite sides of a glass wall. The firm also needed openings underneath their conference table. These openings would allow for electrical outlet use. The final step was to rebind the new sides by hand, using all natural, color-matched wool yarn. Our yarn collection contains hundreds of colors to ensure the perfect match.

Altering and resizing rugs, especially Tibetan hand spun, hand knotted rugs is only one specialty of ours. We have performed similar projects for many different types of rugs- everything from antiques to contemporary rugs, like the Tufenkian collection rug. Whether or not you have an interior designer, we can modify, recreate, design, resize, repair, and restore any of your rugs, too.

All projects are performed in our grand showroom, which also houses a large cleaning and repair facility in Dallas. All rug servicing work is done by hand and completed by our skilled technicians and master weavers. This includes the cutting and rebinding project for the Tufenkian rug, mentioned above.

If you have a project that requires our expertise, give us a call at 972-733-0400. There is no reason you can’t enjoy your rug at a size that suits you!

Want to see how the rug downsizing process works? Watch the video below!

How to Properly Store Your Persian Rug

Storage unitProper Storage and Persian Rugs

As beautiful as your Persian rug is, there will be times when you decide that it may be best to store your rug for a few days, weeks, months, or even years.

To make sure that your rug stays beautiful and free from moths or other hidden dangers, read the rug storing tips below.

  1. First, have your rug dusted and washed by a professional rug cleaner. This step will ensure that your rug’s pile is free from moths, moth eggs, dust, and micro-dirt before storage. Avoid storing your rug in areas in which the rug will experience major swings in temperature and/or humidity levels. A non-climate controlled storage facility or an attic will have your rug sitting in summer high and winter low temperatures, which are not healthy for the fibers of your rug. Temperature and humidity changes can permanently affect your rug. Additionally, do not place your rug in an area where there is no air flow or natural light. Again, your attic, your basement, or a non-climate controlled storage unit are not ideal storage spots.
  2. The next step is finding and selecting a proper storage area. Please do not store your rug in a closet, basement, or garage. We have seen far too many rugs that have been damaged due to improper storage. Moist areas are never a good idea for storage of rugs, so we suggest a climate controlled storage facility. Behnam Rugs offers rug storage options, but any climate controlled storage facility will do. If you’d like to store your rug in your home, consider using a guest bedroom or an unused room as opposed to an attic or basement. This will lower the risk of damage from changes in temperature or humidity.
  3. It is actually best to store your rug right on the floor. If possible, lay your rug on a table or shelf, placing a layer of cotton fabric between the rug and the table/shelf in order to keep the rug from soaking up the acids found in wood. The fabric usually is not absolutely necessary, unless you’ll be storing the rug for more than year. Make sure to store the rug horizontally, as vertically storing your rug leads to bending and creases that can be permanent.

 Persian rugs are precious and should be stored as carefully as possible. Here, one of our team members has rolled a rug over a sturdy cardboard tube and covered it with a muslin cloth.

Rolling a Persian Rug

  • You can fold your rugs, but if you do so, fold it softly and do not keep it folded for too long (no more than a few weeks). The folds could cause creases. We recommend rolling your rug if possible to avoid this issue.
  • Find a cardboard tube that is longer than the rug is wide and use it to roll the rug up. If the rug’s foundation is strong enough, roll the rug with the pile in. Otherwise, roll it up with the pile facing out and the foundation facing in.
  • Find a piece of muslin, then cover the rolled rug with it. This will protect the rug from insects, mice, dust, and direct light. If you do not have muslin, use an old bed sheet- any breathable fabric will do. Make sure the muslin or sheet is wide enough to cover the entire width of the rolled rug, then tuck it into the ends of the tube. You do not want any part of the rug exposed.
  • Make sure the wrapping can be secured with wide ties, and tuck the edges of the material into the ends of the tube.
  • If your rug is being stored or wrapped for a long period of time, check it periodically. We recommend checking on your rug at least once every year or so, to make sure there is no damage (such as dampness, holes, moths, etc.).  If the wrapping has become damp, remove the cloth, and check if the rug has also become wet or damaged. If the rug is wet, it is best to call a professional to wash and dry your rug at this point. However, if only the cover has become damp, launder the cloth and/or change the cloth, then re-wrap your rug.  While the rug is out in the open, you can air it out in the sun.  Always check for color fastness before putting your rug in the sun. For example, some Chinese rugs with pastel colors fade in the sun. You can always call us if you have any questions about your rug.

If you are worried that you may not store your rug properly, contact us here at Behnam Rugs. We can roll the rug for you or even store it here in our Dallas showroom. Give us a call. Watch this video to see how to properly roll or roll and fold for storage.


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.

You can also re-purpose your rug. You can resize or reshape your rug. Behnam Rugs offers custom resizing services in-house for those who want to downsize their rug. Our weavers carefully trim and rebind your rug to its new dimensions so that the work is unnoticeable. You can also turn it into a throw pillow, chair covers, a unique table covering, or even a handbag. There are a variety of options for rug re-purposing, and one can easily spend hours on sites like Pinterest browsing through the many options. If you love your rug but don’t love the purpose it currently serves, this might be just the option for you.

Whatever decision you make, Behnam Rugs is here to help you along the way. We welcome you to give us a call or email us if you need any rug advice. You can also visit our showroom at 18000 Preston Rd. Dallas, TX 75252.

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