Rug Shopping Guide

Rug shopping guide, Behnam Rugs Dallas

Rug Shopping Guide Dallas

What Should I Know Before Shopping for a New Rug?

Posted on February 12, 2019

Behnam Rugs’ customers enjoy the many rug designs and rug colors that are at our showroom. It is not easy to select one rug, many times customers bought two or even three different sized and designed rugs. We have over a thousand unique rugs to choose from.  When there are thousands of rugs in front of you, it’s so easy to give up on the search for a dream rug before you even begin. We’ve put together this handy guide to make things a little easier.

When you’re shopping for a new rug, the first question you should ask yourself is, “What do I want this rug to do for my room?” Once you have a general idea of what you’re looking for, shopping for a new rug will be much easier. There are four main factors to keep in mind when rug shopping: size, color, design, and quality.

Rug Sizes

Size is one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a rug. When you are deciding on the size of your new rug, you’ll want to consider a few things.

First, think about the total size of your room. Then, think about how much of the room you want covered by the rug. Are you looking for an accent rug or an area rug? If you’re shopping for a runner, do you know both the length and the width of your hallways? If the rug is covered by anything, make sure you account for that when measuring. For example, if you are shopping for a rug underneath a dining table, make sure that the rug is large enough to go underneath the legs of the chairs as well, not just your dining table.

The best way to know what size rug you need is simply to measure beforehand. Many rug retailers will let you check rugs out to get a better idea of the type of rug that would look best in your room. In these cases, you can select a few rugs that you like in different sizes to see what size would work best for you.

Rug Colors

In the past, hand-knotted rugs were synonymous with Persian and Oriental rugs, which often came in colors that, while beautiful, were often a bit overpowering for most homes. Traditional Persian rug colors include red, burgundy, rust, navy blue, black, ivory, and gold. These days, there are many more colors available, and the rug industry is moving faster than ever before to keep up with the hottest trends in furniture, paint, and home decor.

A raspberry colored rug ties this room together perfectly.
This raspberry colored rug is the perfect statement piece against the neutral furniture.

When shopping for color, the main question you’ll want to ask yourself is if you want your new rug to be a statement piece or a subtle way to tie the room together. Look through home magazines and pay attention to the types of rugs used in the rooms featured in these magazines. You can even bring some photos of your favorite rugs with you to the showroom you visit. Even if the showroom you visit does not have that specific rug, they are sure to have a similar selection. Modern colors do not necessarily mean modern designs, and the rise of transitional rugs has made it simple to have a Tabriz or Kazak inspired rug, for example, with chic, new colors.

Rug Design

Rugs come in thousands of designs. Traditional designs include tribal geometric, French Aubusson styles, and traditional, Persian floral among many other designs. There are also transitional rugs, which are traditional inspired with modern twists, such as an erased pattern or the removal of borders. Finally, you have modern rugs, which may feature designs such as organic, paint splatter inspired looks and even animal print designs.

A beautiful navy transitional rug.
This transitional rug works perfectly in both traditional and modern homes.

Design is all up to you! Don’t be afraid to take risks. We’ve seen many modern rooms using traditional rugs. Mixing a tribal rug into a room full of contemporary furniture creates a surprisingly stylish look, for example. If you’re not sure what kind of rug you’re interested in, bring some room inspiration with you and let the staff at the rug store you visit know what sort of look you’re going for. They will be able to help you find the perfect rug for your perfect room. Remember- a good retailer will let you check out a few different styles to help you get a better idea of what you want. You should never feel pressured to make a purchasing decision.

Rug Quality

Quality is the last factor to consider. The highest quality rugs are hand-knotted. From there, you have hand-loomed, tufted, braided, hand-woven, machine made, power loomed, and many other types of rug constructions. Do you need a hand-knotted rug? That depends. If you plan on changing your rug out every few months to a year, we actually recommend going for a machine made rug, as hand-knotted rugs can be quite costly. If you want a rug that will last you many years (and perhaps even outlive you!), we suggest purchasing a hand-knotted rug.

High quality does not necessarily mean high price, however, and likewise, a high price does not necessarily mean high quality. Rug retailers can only store so many rugs in their showrooms, and it is not uncommon for rugs to have huge markdowns on them when it is time to purchase new inventory. If you are indifferent to things such as what colors are trendy each season, these overstock and inventory reduction sales are perfect ways to find an amazing rug for an amazing price. We hold quite a few sales ourselves!

You will want to make sure you are purchasing a rug from an honest dealer, however, as it is not uncommon for retailers to mark up their prices and then mark them down. This results in the “sale” price actually being the same as the original price! You also want to take care to make sure that your “handmade” rug is not simply just “hand tufted”. Look for terms such as glue back when shopping online. When shopping in person, flip the rug’s corner so that you can see the backside. A hand-knotted rug’s design will be visible from the back just as clearly as it is from the front. A tufted rug will have a canvas backing.

Chic and Inexpensive Machine Made Rug
This machine made rug is stylish, gorgeous, and easy on the wallet!

Rug Services

We hope this guide made shopping for rugs a little bit easier. We also provide many rug services such as rug washing, rug restoration, rug stain removal, rug pads, custom rugs, rug alterations, fringe repair, and many more services.  Remember, you can reach out to us at behnam@behnamrugs.com or call us at 972.733.0400 if you have any questions. Ask for our upcoming events.

Things to Consider When Installing an Area Rug in a Cavity Floor

Installing Rug in Floor Cavity by Behnam Rugs in Dallas

Installing Rugs in a floor cavity is a service by Behnam Rugs in Dallas. Any handmade rug can be altered to fit into a cavity floor. Do we recommend installing a rug in a cavity floor? At Behnam Rugs, we strongly suggest looking into other installation options. As nice as a handmade rug may look when installed in a cavity floor, the maintenance issues can outweigh the aesthetics in the long run. Read on to learn more about these issues.

Hand-Knotted Rugs During Installation

Handmade rugs, whether they are hand-knotted, hand-woven, or hand-tufted, have unique structures. Due to the nature of these structures, the foundations of handmade rugs shift over time as a result of tensions from the various types of pressure put on them. These types of pressure can be anything from furniture placed on top of a rug to simply walking on a rug day after day. The foundation of a handmade rug shifting is completely normal, and this shifting can also be minimized with the use of a rug pad. While the shifting of a rug’s foundation is generally not an issue when you simply have a rug on a pad on a floor, even the tiniest changes become apparent when a rug is placed in a cavity floor. The rug’s foundation shifting will result in small gaps between the edge of the rug and the edge of the cavity floor. Always get your rugs serviced before installing them.

Rug Installation Challenges

Another challenge you will come across when installing a rug in a cavity floor is the rug padding. An improper pad will not prevent a rug’s foundation from shifting, and when a rug’s foundation shifts, you will begin to see uneven edges and surface rippling. The quality, material, and thickness of the pad you select will dictate how the rug will conform to the cavity and how structurally intact it will remain over time.

Next, a rug must remain secure in the cavity. To secure a rug’s movement in a cavity floor, the rug installer you pick will likely opt to treat the handmade rug like a carpet. They will install tack strips to the edges of the cavity, forcing the rug to remain secure in the cavity, more so than with just a pad. As the rug is used and put under the pressures of walking traffic, it may become stretched out, making the rug larger than the cavity when removed from the installation for maintenance, repairs, and washes. The most common solution to this problem is to alter the rug, cutting it once again to fit the cavity.

Installed rugs also have the opposite problem: shrinkage. A maintenance rug washing might cause slight shrinkage in the installed rug depending on the construction and material of the rug. A rug might also shrink if it is present during a flood. Although this shrinkage is unnoticeable in normal situations, when a rug is installed in a cavity floor, even a tiny size difference is noticeable and apparent. This shrinkage, usually ranging from under half an inch up to several inches, can also be uneven. Different sides of your rug may shrink differently. Again, in normal situations, this is almost always unnoticeable. This is due to things like your rug stretching naturally when being walked on over time. Unfortunately, installed rugs are stretched out unnaturally while also enduring the normal amount of traffic. These unnatural stresses on a rug’s construction cause it to weaken over time. One remedy to shrinkage is to add additional pieces of flooring to the cavity. Alternatively, you or your installer may opt to add a matching carpet, metal, tile, or wood border in the cavity over the rug to offset the shrinkage. Another option is to install flute edge molding around all four sides of the cavity. When the new rug is installed, it will allow for shrinkage in the future.

Rug Padding

Depending on what kind of rug you will be placing on what type of floor, you must choose the right rug padding to prevent slipping and movement. It is advised to use rug pads under all rugs. Safety should be your number one concern. At Behnam Rugs we explain the type of rug pads and suggest which will be best for your floor type. We also suggest you get your rug washed through organic rug cleaning, before using it at your home. Rugs are perfect for collecting dust and pollen. It is advised to wash your rug every 3 to 5 years. If your rug is placed at a high traffic area, you might want to get your rug washed sooner. We use traditional hand-washing methods on your fine Oriental silk rugs and use organic shampoos and city water. We also use our special organic shampoos for animal soils and repair. Call us for your free rug pick-up and delivery within the DFW area! If you have other concerns, please click here. Call us at 972-733-0400 for a free, no-obligation quote.

The Luxury Rug Offerings at Behnam Rugs

Behnam Rugs’ Luxury Boutique

Not all rugs are created equally, and the same goes for rug services. At Behnam Rugs, we take great pride in offering the very best of anything and everything related to rugs. Behnam Rugs is your luxury boutique rug retailer. After buying your rug, we suggest washing your rug before taking it home. Rug washing is a vital aspect of rug health. Rug health is rug washing!

Our Rug Selection

When you walk into Behnam Rugs, you won’t just be walking into your average rug showroom. You will be entering a whole new world of rugs. We carry the finest hand-knotted selections in a number of styles. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Tabriz, an antique tribal rug, a finely made contemporary rug, or a transitional rug that has elements of both traditional and modern styles, Behnam Rugs has it all.

behnam rugs persian rug showroom large rug stack

Every rug in our showroom is a hand-knotted work of art. We know our customers prefer the finer things in life, and so do we. Our rugs are made from fine materials, such as wool, silk, and fine man-made materials such as viscose. We also believe that rugs should be made the traditional way, hand-knotted, whether the style is old or new. A hand-knotted rug is a premium product that will stay beautiful for decades, unlike tufted or machine-made rugs which begin to fall apart after a couple of years.

If we do not have your dream rug in our showroom, we will work with you to find it. Behnam Rugs has access to the warehouses of many rug designers and their selection one-of-a-kind rugs. We also work with a number of rug manufacturers, too. We know that the decor you choose to decorate your home with is important to you, and that a rug is not simply just a rug. At Behnam Rugs, we won’t settle for “close enough”. We will help you find your dream rug- not just something similar to it.

Our Rug Services

At Behnam Rugs, we understand that fine rugs must be treated as such. Chemical cleaning agents, machine washes, and hang drying are absolutely not the proper way to wash fine rugs. We wash rugs using organic cleaning agents, and we wash all rugs by hand- the good, old fashioned way. We then dry the rugs flat, as hanging a wet rug puts a considerable amount of pressure on the fibers. Many rug cleaners choose to use the machine cleaning option due to its lower cost and ease, but at Behnam Rugs, we do not believe in cutting corners. After all, aren’t these rugs worth going the extra mile for?

If your rug has been damaged considerably, there is no need to fret. Behnam Rugs offers a number of repair services, all done in-house. Our repair technicians have over two decades of experience repairing fine rugs, whether your rug simply needs binding repairs or if you need a large portion reweaved, we can handle it all. No task is too large or too small for Behnam Rugs.

One factor that separates us from the rest is our honesty. We are up front with all costs, and we will not perform any additional services on your rug without consulting you first. Additionally, if the cost of cleaning or repairing your rug is higher than the value of your rug, we will tell you. We simply do not believe that it is honest to charge a customer for cleaning and repair services without letting them know that the service cost exceeds the rug’s value.

Behnam Rugs has been selling and servicing fine rugs since 1978. With over forty years of experience, we are a trusted name in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

How to Shop For a Rug Online

How To Shop For A Rug Online

Rug Shopping in Dallas at Behnam Rugs

Rug Shopping in Dallas at Behnam Rugs…Visit our elegant rug boutique in North Dallas for an exquisite experience in Oriental handmade rugs. We offer oriental rug washing too. In this day and age of online shopping, you may wonder why or if you should be shopping for rugs in person. Shopping for a rug in person has many perks. You can see the details up close, and you can get a better idea of the rug’s texture and condition. We educate each of our customers on the many rugs in store. All rugs need the right rug padding.  Many of our returning clients come for an immediate enzyme rug washing due to their pets’ accidents. It is all an education!

Reviews
If you’re shopping for a rug on a site like eBay, which features a feedback system, take the time to look through the reviews. You’ll want to look out for things like a seller not describing items accurately, delayed shipping times, and situations where a buyer never received anything at all. Something a single instance of a seller missing a shipping deadline might be excusable, however, we recommend staying away from sellers who have multiple complaints of sending out goods that varied tremendously from the product description.

Rug Description
It happens far too often- the title says “Handmade Rug” but the description goes to clarify that the rug is actually a machine made rug styled after handmade rugs. Take the time to read every bit of a rug’s description, because a deal that is too good to be true often is.

If you’re shopping for an authentic Persian or Oriental rug, the rug’s construction should be hand-knotted or hand-woven. There should also be clear information about the country of origin of a rug, its materials (beware of “antique” rugs using any material other than wool or silk, as these are often reproductions), and information such as the knots per square inch (KPI).

Generally, you will want to look for any discrepancies. For example, an authentic Persian rug will only come from Iran. You should not spend excessive amounts of money on an “authentic” Persian rug made in India or Pakistan, for example, as these rugs are often reproductions. Their quality may be similar, however, there is a huge price difference.

If any information is missing, reach out to the seller. Often times, they simply forgot to include information. Be wary of sellers who either can not or will not provide additional information.

Photos
The more photos, the better. At the very minimum, you should be looking for photos of at least one side of the rug, its fringe, and the back of the rug. Rugs with major repair jobs done will show signs from the back side better than they will from the front. Additional photos can include detail shots, corner photos, and photos of problem areas. If a rug’s description mentions something vague about the rug, such as “minor damage”, however, there are no photos of said damage included, request them. One person’s definition of minor damage might actually be your idea of major damage.

Persian Rug With Age Related Damage
This photo clearly shows an area of damage for a buyer instead of hiding the condition of the rug.

If the rug you are looking at is over a decade old, ask for additional photos of typical problem areas, such as the fringe. You should also ask if the rug appears to need any repairs, and make sure to ask about the last time the rug was washed, too.

If you’re not sure about a rug that you found online, ask a trusted rug expert for a second opinion. At Behnam Rugs, we are more than happy to look over product photos with you and give you our input. If you’re not comfortable purchasing a rug online, we can even find you a rug similar to the one you found.

We hope this guide made shopping for rugs a little bit easier. Remember, you can reach out to us at behnam@behnamrugs.com or call us at 972.733.0400 if you have any questions.

Making Persian Rugs: Gathering and Dyeing Wool

Just How Handmade Are Persian Rugs?

When we say Persian rugs are handmade, we really mean it! Every part of the traditional Persian rug creation process- shearing the sheep, dyeing the wool, creating the yarn, weaving the fibers, washing and finishing the rug, and everything in between- is done by hand. This month’s blog will focus on the first steps in the Persian rug creation process: gathering and dyeing the fibers.

We’ve included photos from both Indian and Iranian artisans in this blog post, as the overall rug making process is quite similar in both countries. We often refer to rugs of certain designs or that are made in the traditional Persian way as “Persian rugs”, even if they are from India, China, or another country that is not Iran.

Gathering the Wool

The Persian rug making process begins with gathering the fibers that will be used in the finished rug. Typically, Persian rugs are made of wool, so we’ll be focusing on the wool gathering and dyeing process. Although you can find rugs made of other materials or blends of other materials with wool, the average Persian rug is 100% wool.

Most Persian rugs are made of sheep wool. Although you can sometimes find rugs made of other types of wool as well, sheep wool is the most desirable. The quality of this wool varies widely, and not all wool is equal. The quality of wool is highly dependent on factors such as the diet of the sheep and the environment where it has lived. Additionally, different areas of sheep have softer or coarser wool. For example, the wool on the belly of a sheep is much softer than the wool found on their backs. This is because the wool on the belly is generally untouched by environmental stressors, like wind and dirt.

Shepherd Shearing Sheep
This shepherd is shearing his sheep. This usually occurs right before the peak summer months. The wool is high in oil content, making it desirable for use in Persian rugs. The sheep also gets a much needed haircut before the heat becomes unbearable.

Once the wool is sheared, it must be washed and spun. You can’t just start weaving with the unfinished wool! The wool is thoroughly washed by hand in large buckets of water. At the end of the day, even the softest wool still needs a good cleaning. The cleaning process removes impurities, such as dirt, small bits of plants, and other things that might find their way into a sheep’s coat. After it has received a nice and thorough washing, the wool can be spun into yarn, which will be used in the actual weaving process. Some rug makers spin their yarn using a spinning wheel, but many rug makers still spin the yarn by hand.

Women in India Spinning Yarn
These women are part of the rug making process in India. They are spinning the wool into yarn using a simple machine which requires a high level of skill to operate.

Dyeing the Wool

Next up is the dyeing process. You might be reading this and thinking that there is no way people still dye the fibers by hand. Think again! People still dye the wool by hand, and the practice is still very much alive in Iran.

Rug dyes fall into two main categories: natural dyes (also known as vegetable dyes) and chemical dyes. Some rugs are made using vegetable dyes, and some rugs are made using chemical dyes. There are pros and cons to both types of dyes. There are also some colors that can only be created using vegetable dyes, while other colors can only be created using chemical dyes.

Vegetable dye produces the traditional colors many rug enthusiasts love, however, it is also very difficult to reproduce these colors using vegetable dye. This is because there is a limited source of materials, and one batch of saffron based dye can look different from another batch due to the inconsistencies between harvests. Compared to chemical dyes, vegetable dyes age beautifully. The colors become more subtle over time as they fade, yet they still retain their initial beauty.

Women Making Vegetable Dye
These women are making dye using vegetables, which you can see behind them. The dye pigment is produced when the vegetables are ground up into a fine powder. Although these women are in India, the dyeing process is just like this in countries such as Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey.

Chemical dyes are far easier to reproduce. All one needs to do to reproduce the exact same color multiple times is to record the exact amount used. They also provide a more uniform look compared to vegetable dyes. Depending on your tastes, this can also be a negative attribute, as many people prefer the imperfect look that natural dyes have.

Man Measuring Out Chrome Dye
This man is measuring out the exact amount of chemical dye he needs in order to reproduce this color multiple times.

Pigments are poured into a dye vat. Next, the dye is mixed in. Once the mixing process is complete, the wool yarn can be added in. The wool is pushed in with a wooden paddle, spun around multiple times, and thoroughly mixed into the batch of dye. This is to ensure that the colors are applied to the wool fibers evenly. The fibers should be saturated in color with no blotchy areas or undyed spots.

Dye Being Poured Into a Vat
In Iran, this artisan is pouring the dye pigments into a vat. The pigment will be mixed with water, and then the wool can be dyed.

Once the fibers have been dyed, they are laid out to dry. After the drying process, the yarn is brushed thoroughly to remove any tangles and knots. Once that step is complete, the yarn is ready to become a Persian rug.

Wool Fibers Drying After Being Dyed
This wool yarn is drying off after being dyed. Click the image to view more photographs of the dyeing process from an Iranian wool dyeing company.