Choosing a Hallway Runner

Choosing a Hallway Runner

Hallway runner rug

Hallways and entryways should be inviting, and rugs offer that touch of class and softness that makes you want to walk the path. Deciding on the right rug can be a daunting task, which is why we’ve written this blog to make the decision-making process a little easier. Runners add color and texture to enhance your interior decor. The following constructions and fibers are optimal for hallways and entryways- places that experience a lot of traffic and therefore require tougher materials.

Construction

The perfect runner for you may be handmade, machine made, or power loomed. It really depends on your budget and how long you want the rug to last. Handmade lasts the longest, then power loomed, and lastly machine made.

Material

Wool

Wool can handle heavy foot traffic as it is durable and long-lasting. It is more expensive, but think of your runner as an investment that could last a lifetime. Even if you redecorate, a wool runner can be re-purposed and placed somewhere else or passed down to family. Wool is quite soft and easy to clean.

Jute

This natural fiber is sturdy, but difficult to clean, and can last many years with proper care. It is also fairly neutral and would not clash with vivid colors or wallpaper.

Sisal

Like jute, this fiber is durable and can handle heavy foot traffic. Cleaning is also difficult as it is not stain resistant. It is also more likely to be dyed or feature a pattern than jute.

Silk

Silk does fairly well with heavy traffic but should still be considered for its beauty. Consider silk for a hallway that doesn’t get a lot of traffic, or hang it up instead to brighten a space.

Style

Next, you want to choose a runner style. The style should accent the architecture and other decorations of the space. Consider the length and width of the runner. A longer piece can feel like a red carpet to guests, while a shorter, wider rug makes the space feel comfortable and plush. Hallway runners can make a space look broader or longer depending on the style. A lighter color enlarges the space, while darker ones do the opposite.

Pattern

Patterns can vary from stripes, flowers, or geometric patterns that are more modern, to traditional Persian styles which match almost anything. Your runner can be styled as an attention-grabbing piece, or as a more muted accent. Think about how you want the rug to greet you as you walk through the entryway or hall. Choose a pattern that flows with the existing decor. A more modern home would do well with designs that are geometric or even boldly patterned. A traditional space always benefits from the added grace of a Persian or Oriental design. If your home is more bohemian, floral patterns are the way to go.

Color

Next, decide on a color or three. A neutral space can go one of two ways: either choose a neutral rug that complements it, or go with a bold color(s) to draw the eye and liven it up. Remember, neutrals don’t have to be beige or gray, a light blue or lilac can brighten a space while staying neutral. Another great way to style a hallway is to go with a color already featured in the decor. You can draw inspiration from paintings, wallpaper, trim, light fixtures, and more.

And remember, a runner doesn’t have to be placed in a hallway or entryway- they look great in other spaces too- especially kitchens, staircases, and bathrooms! Always pair your runner with the proper padding for safety and the longevity of the rug.

If you are in the market for a new runner, stop by the Behnam Rugs showroom. We have a wide range of styles in both handmade and machine made options that are perfect for high traffic areas. We also offer custom sizing, especially for staircases. No matter the length or shape of your staircase, we can create the perfect fit.

Rug Patching: Water Damaged Rugs

Water damaged rug before and after patchingRug Patching: Water Damaged Rugs

Rugs are timeless pieces of art that can transform an ordinary living space into the extraordinary. Sadly, rugs are not indestructible, and there are a variety of ways you can damage, or even ruin, your fine handmade rug. The most common causes of water damage are bath overflows, broken pipes, broken water heaters, broken hoses in your washer or dryer, dishwasher leaks, overflown swimming pools, broken sprinklers, and roof damage.

In this blog we will address another cause of water damage: potted plants.

Recently, a customer brought a rug in to Behnam Rugs in need of expensive repairs. The cause? Placing a potted plant over the rug for years. You should never place a potted plant on a rug. The proximity to water is just asking for trouble. Even without over watering, the moisture from the plant can cause mold and mildew which instigates the rotting process.

Mildew begins growing after the rug is wet four to five days. Even worse, over watering your plant wets the rug directly, accelerating the growth of mildew which eats through the rug. A wet rug will gradually disintegrate.

Do not be fooled and believe that a saucer under a pot will prevent your rug from getting wet. Water finds a way. In addition, the dampness can also result in a foul smell that many homeowners go nose-blind to, consequently guests notice a bad odor and the homeowner is often unaware. Dry rot from a potted plant can also cause color runs. These are hard to fix.

For this customer, years of over watering created a hole that was quite large. Though the rug was an antique, it did not make sense to spend thousands of dollars to reweave the rug. The solution the customer choose was instead to patch the rug for a fraction of the cost of reweaving.

Patching the rug requires a donor rug, and while it can be hard to find a close match, it is generally much more affordable in terms of repairing the damage. Luckily for this customer, Behnam Rugs was able to find a suitable donor rug and the damage is now almost unnoticeable. However, finding the perfect donor rug is not an easy process, and often times the donor rug patch is more obviously visible to the naked eye than was the case for this customer. This is why it’s better to avoid this problem altogether by not placing a potted plant on top of, or even near to a fine rug you want to last a lifetime.

At Behnam Rugs, we have a large room we call the Patch Bank. Within this room, hundreds of rugs of all sizes have damage beyond repair. We have collected them over 40 years to use for patching, chair covers, and pillows. Our extensive collection has saved many rugs in need of patching and customers lots of repair costs.

If you own a rug that has been sitting underneath a potted plant, remove the plant immediately and check the area for dampness and damage such as the foundation cracking. If you notice either of these, bring your rug to the experts at Behnam Rugs ASAP. Your rug can be restored. And in the future, keep your potted plants on hard, non-porous surfaces only!

Rug Cleaning: 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Rug Cleaner

Hand Washing Oriental Persian RugRug Cleaning: 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Rug Cleaner

This blog will go over the 5 things you should consider when deciding to get your rug professionally cleaned.

Price

This is the biggest factor most consider when choosing a professional rug cleaner. Be aware, going with the cheapest option isn’t always a smart move. Often, cheaper services use harsh chemicals on your rug, resulting in damage to the delicate rug fibers. We understand that you are probably on a budget, shop around to find a firm that is affordable but not cheap. When rug cleaning is cheap it’s often too good to be true.

Many companies charge by square foot and wash every rug the same way. However, it is important to note that every rug must be cleaned according to why it needs to be washed and what you are trying to remove from the rug.

Reputation

Next, research the companies you are considering. In particular, look at their Google and Yelp reviews. While most every company will have had at least one unsatisfied customer, you want to go with someone who has minimal negative reviews and extensive positive reviews from happy customers. We don’t recommend working with a company with less than a 4 star Google rating.

Read the reviews thoroughly to get an idea as to what the company’s strengths are. Why are their customers satisfied? You want the positive reviews to be for the same services you are going to receive. Awesome repair reviews are great, but if they don’t have many cleaning reviews you may want to go somewhere else.

Beware of the company with only a couple reviews, even if they have a good rating. This indicates they don’t get much business and may not have enough experience. We have seen over and over that people entrust their fine handmade rugs to carpet cleaners, resulting in damage that is sometimes irreparable. This brings us to the next point.

Experience

When it comes to fine, handmade rug, experience matters. You want to work with a company with many years of experience cleaning rugs, or even better- generations of experience. A company that has been in the field a long time has the experience you want and will be prepared to handle anything that comes their way. They are unlikely to be surprised by the condition of your rug. They will be ready to tackle it head on with proven cleaning methods they’ve used for years.

Time

Is it time for your rug to be cleaned? Behnam Rugs recommends professional cleaning every three to five years depending on the amount of traffic received and the use of the rug. We know this isn’t what usually happens. Waiting a long time between washing allows dirt and dust to build up and affect the longevity of your rug.

Method

Ask what cleaning methods and materials the company utilizes. NEVER work with a company that uses chemical solvents and cleaners. Your rug should be treated with the utmost care and gentle cleansers.

At Behnam Rugs, we use mild organic shampoos and live bacteria enzymes. The enzymes break down dirt, odors, and stains into molecules that bacteria can digest and remove. We also use traditional hand-washing methods passed down from Old Persia. We use paddles to remove dirt stuck deep in the pile of your rug. We shampoo rugs three times to ensure all dirt and odors are removed. The face of the rug is washed three times and the back of the rug is washed three times, in each instance until the water runs out clear.

You should look for a company that uses the same methods as Behnam Rugs if you are not in the DFW metroplex and cannot employ our services.

Types of Rug Construction

Loom for weaving rugsTypes of Rug Construction

Rug construction, or how the rug is made, influences the look and feel, the price, longevity, texture, and quality of the rug. This blog will explain the differences between rug construction and how that influences the aforementioned factors.

Tufted Rugs

To make a tufted rug, loops of yarn are pulled through the rug’s backing either by hand using a tool or by machine. Next, the loops are cut to make the surface even. Tufted rugs can be produced quickly and affordably. This means that even the highest quality tufted rug is relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to handmade rugs. These rugs do well in living rooms and other high traffic areas and can last up to 20 years, but usually closer to 7 to 10.

Hooked Rugs

Hooked rugs require a related amount of labor to tufted rugs and the weaving process is very similar. The only difference between the two is that hooked rugs are not cut, resulting in a more embroidered look that is not as uniformly flat. These rugs do well in high traffic areas as well and last a similar amount of time as tufted rugs.

Hand-knotted Rugs

This is the most expensive rug construction because it is the most labor intensive. Weavers tie hundreds of tiny knots per square inch to make detailed patterns and designs that are unique. These knots form the pile of the rug. The higher the knot count, the greater the quality and detail of the rug. The process can take months, or even years. These superior pieces can last generations with the proper care and maintenance.

Flat Weaves

Unlike other rug types, flat weaves do not have a pile and are woven on a loom. These rugs can be woven by hand or by machine. The threads are woven on top of each other vertically and horizontally. They are also reversible because they do not possess a backing like other rug types do. These rugs are great for layering and easy to clean. Their life expectancy is a bit less than hand-knotted rugs.

Machine-made Rugs

Machine-made rugs are woven using a power loom. Computers control the loom and automate the process. These rugs can be made quickly and utilize different types of fiber, from silk to synthetic. These rugs often mimic hand-knotted rugs but usually cannot match the longevity. These rugs typically last about 10 years for lower quality and 20 years for higher quality. Highest quality machine-made rugs such as Karastan rugs made of wool can last as long as handmade rugs in some circumstances. We have seen cases of machine-made rugs lasting between 80 to 100 years.

To learn more about fine rugs, visit Behnam Rugs and tour the modern showroom filled with thousands of beautiful rugs of different types of construction.

Rug Stains: How to Remove Holiday Wine Spills

Wine spilled on rugRug Stains: How to Remove Holiday Wine Spills

For many, the holiday season is a time to share their home with family and other beloved guests. Friends gather round to share stories and make new memories. This is also the time of year your rugs are more at risk for spills and stains. Everyone loves delicious food and wine, but no so much when it spills on their fine handmade rug.

Luckily, the experts at Behnam Rugs have some tips when it comes to removing wine stains. Read this blog to learn how to clean up spills without damaging your rug, and if all else fails, bring it to us for a gentle hand washing, it’s probably overdue!

First of all, never use carpet cleaners, over the counter spot removers, or detergents on a fine rug- they can damage the rug beyond repair! Use natural remedies you can find in your home. If you spill red wine, try to absorb as much of the spot as you can with paper towels as soon as possible.

Open your fridge and see if you have any plain yogurt. Make sure it’s unflavored. Take a spoonful and rub in on the stain gently. Use the spoon to rub it in and spread it over the whole stain area. Remove any excess. Repeat the process adding additional yogurt. Agitate it from different angles using the edges of the spoon. Dilute the yogurt and remove it with a cloth. Do this by spraying the stain with water and removing with a dry cloth or paper towel. Repeat until all the yogurt is gone. Your rug should now be ready to entertain guests again.

Sometimes, it’s simply not realistic to remove a stain yourself- maybe you left the stain for too long, it’s quite large, or the methods above aren’t working.

Don’t despair! Your rug can be restored. Just take it in for a professional cleaning at Behnam Rugs. We’ll return it to you completely stain free, with all odors removed.