Rug Padding: Does My Rug Need It?

Rug on top of rug paddingRug Padding: Does My Rug Need It?

Rug padding is essential to the health and longevity of your fine handmade rug. Time and again, customers bring in older or antique rugs that are no longer perfectly rectangular and have lost their symmetrical shape. The culprit? Not using padding underneath the rug.

So, why is rug padding so important?

It’s not just about comfort. Yes, using a pad under your rug will make it feel more plush under foot, but it’s really about extending the health of your rug for years to come. A good rug pad absorbs most of the impact from foot traffic as well as the sound. Rugs have to endure a lot of foot traffic, and that traffic will eventually wear out sections of your rug without a pad. This always happens unevenly, so that certain areas are stretched out while others are not.

The result? A wavy foundation that no longer looks symmetrical. This can affect the value of your rug as well, especially if you are considering selling it. A rug that has been placed over a pad will sell for more than the same rug that has been walked on for years without a pad. This is because the pad helps the rug maintain its shape. A rug that has been used for years without padding is more likely to require repairs.

In addition, there are many other reasons to use a rug pad. For one, padding prevents slips and falls. A rug without padding presents a safety risk to you and anyone who walks on the rug in your home. Second, the pad protects the rug from dirt and debris trapped between the rug and the floor from damaging the foundation of your rug. This dirt can tear into your rug when under pressure from footsteps.

Thirdly, rugs are easier to vacuum when a pad provides space for air to flow and minimizes friction. This air flow also prevents bacteria and mold from breeding under your rug. And lastly, pads act as a barrier between the rug and your hardwood floors, which can absorb the tints and dyes from the rug over time as well as become scratched from certain rough backings.

If you have a new rug or a rug that you have been using without padding, call Behnam Rugs today about cutting custom padding to fit your rug at 972-733-0400. Make sure you know the exact measurements of your rug, or bring it in to ensure a perfect fit. All padding must be custom cut for your rug. The shape and size of the padding must cover all the surface of the rug that touches the floor.

Never use an old pad for a different rug if the rugs are not the same exact size. Rug pads are made out of felt, rubber, or vinyl. The question of what kind of padding you should use is determined by the type of floor you will place it on. Wood, tile, stone, carpet, or engineered wood all require a certain padding type. Consult with us to choose the right material. We carry many styles of padding so you’re sure to find something you like at a price that you’ll love.

How a Health Clinic Designed a Modern Workspace

How a Health Clinic Designed 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 preventive 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.

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.