Options for Selling a Persian/Oriental Rug

How to Sell Persian and Oriental Rugs

Ways to sell your rug

Perhaps it is time to get rid of your rug. There are three main routes you can go about when it comes to selling your Persian or Oriental rug. We hope after reading this blog you are able to choose the right option for you and get the best offer possible for your fine rug.

Selling to a Rug Dealer
There are many rug dealers in Dallas that may be interested in purchasing your rug, however, Behnam Rugs cautions you when going about this route. Know your appraisal like the back of your hand. We recommend you get a verbal or written appraisal to be certain of your rug’s worth. You can share this with potential buyers. Many dealers may low-ball you and offer to buy your rug for a fraction of what it is actually worth. If you simply want to get rid of your rug, this might be the option for you.

Some rug dealers may be willing to work out a consignment deal with you, too. You may be able to put your old rug toward the purchase of a new rug if the dealer is interested in buying the rug you want to get rid of.

DIY
If you’d like to go the old “do it yourself” route, Craigslist is one option. You can handle the entire transaction yourself and pick the price you believe is fair. To get the best value for your rug, consider photographing the rug in a setting that includes furniture. Many buyers would not purchase a rug if was photographed only on its own, but a furniture setting might help them to envision the rug in their own home. Remember, people will very likely low-ball you on Craigslist. Be prepared for this. In addition, be careful meeting with strangers to sell your rug. Don’t be surprised if the buyer shows up with less money than you agreed to and tries to get the rug from you for even cheaper.

You can look up rugs similar to yours on eBay to see what people are selling for. Behnam Rugs advises against listing on eBay for a couple of reasons, though. Shipping a rug is no easy task. Physically, it can be exhausting. You will also have to make sure your rug is safe from rain and other water damage, not so careful mailmen, and you will need to make sure the package is insured, too.… Read the rest

Persian Rugs: How They’re Made

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 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.

Gathering the Wool

The 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’s 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 the sheep’s body 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.

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.

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.… Read the rest

Rug Cleaning: What to Do (and What NOT to do) When You Stain Your Fine Rug

Family eating pizza on a rugRug Cleaning: What to Do (and What NOT to do) When You Stain Your Fine Rug

Spills and stains happen. It’s every rug owner’s nightmare but it can’t be avoided. So what should you do in the event that something gets on your rug? And what should you NEVER do? It depends on the stain! The most common stains include food, mud, wine, grease, pet accidents, which we will cover in this blog. At-home rug cleaning varies from stain to stain.

What to do in the case of food or mud:

Do: Address it immediately. Remove any large particulates. The longer a spill sits on a rug, the harder it is to remove and the higher the likelihood it becomes a stain that could be permanent. Get a paper towel or clean rag and blot the spill as soon as you can.

Do: Mist the area with a clean spray bottle full of tap water. It’s important the the spray bottle not have the remnants of something else, like a harsh cleaner, in it. A spray bottle is ideal, but if you don’t have a clean one you can pour a bit of water over the spill.

Do: Blot or dab the stain as soon as you notice it and then again after spraying it with water.

Do: Blot until nothing comes out on your paper towel.

Do: Use paper towels. These are better at absorbing than cloths.

Do: Dilute and remove the stain gently.

Do: Proceed to dry the rug as soon as possible. Elevate the rug and use a fan, do not use heat.

Find out what to do in the case of wine stains.

What to do in the case of grease from lubricant or an oil by-product:

Do: Get out some rubbing alcohol.

Do: Saturate a cloth and rub it gently against the stain.

Do: Once the stain is gone, follow the procedure for food and mud listed above.

What to do in the case of a dog accident:

Dog urine can be acidic as well as colorful. The breed, age, time of day, diet, and body chemistry all affect the urine differently. In general, you can follow the same steps as you will for food and mud, with added steps afterward. After the rug has dried completely, odor or color may still remain

. Your rug may smell and have a yellowish stain, or it may just smell or just be stained.… Read the rest

10 Useful Things You Can Do at Home During the Covid-19 Outbreak

10 Useful Things You Can Do at Home During the Covid-19 Outbreak

  1. Go on a virtual museum tour. These 12 museums will take you on a tour of their exhibits online.
  2. Play card games to improve your children and your math skills.These 16 games will turn your kids in math geniuses!
  3. Read a book. The New York Public Library is offering 300,000 book choices for those stuck at home. Best of all? They’re completely free!
  4. Organize your home. It’s spring cleaning season and the perfect time to unclutter your living space. Consider donating items you no longer need to places like the Salvation Army or Goodwill. You can drop off the items without interacting with anyone. Find out 8 Time-Saving Cleaning Tips.
  5. Go through mementos such as photo albums and make a project out of rearranging old memories. Photos tend to get jumbled up over time and we stop organizing them. If you need something to pass the time, reorganizing old photo albums can be a rewarding sentimental experience.
  6. Teach younger family members who are home from school basic skills like how to check the oil in a car, sew on a button, balance a checkbook, and any other important tasks not generally taught in school. Not all learning is done in the classroom!
  7. Take a nap. A well-rested body is less susceptible to illness.
  8. Don’t forget to have fun! Break out some board games and spend time with the people you share a home with. Have a Skype call with friends or watch a movie at the same time and discuss it over text.
  9. Rearrange a room. Maybe you want to see how a couch would look in a different position. You can even read up on Feng shui to choose the most proportional layout options.  A traditional practice originating from ancient China, Feng shui aligns the energy of a space in a way which is most harmonious for the individuals and their environment. Try rotating your rugs as well. This is good for your rug to even out wear from traffic and can also breathe new life into a room that has been the same for a long time.
  10. Get to know your rugs. Create a folder or portfolio of the information about the rugs you own. This can be quite useful for estate planning and tax write-off purposes if you plan to donate it.
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Rug Cleaning Advice from a Specialist

Man standing in front of rugs

Rug Cleaning Advice from a Specialist

This blog will give you the tools you need to effectively care for your rug at home.

Things you SHOULD be doing

  • Sweeping your rug
  • Gently vacuuming
  • Rotating your rug
  • Padding your rug
  • Addressing spills and stains immediately
  • Checking your rug for moths
  • Inspecting your rug every year for damage
  • Getting your rug professionally cleaned every 3 to 5 years

Things you SHOULDN’T be doing

  • Vacuuming your rug with the beater brush
  • Vacuuming the fringes of your rug
  • Letting stains set into your rug
  • Using your rug with no padding
  • Storing your rug in dark, quiet places without checking on it periodically for moths
  • Leaving your rug in the same place for years
  • Allowing direct sunlight to hit your rug all day or for extended periods of time
  • Using carpet cleaning solutions on your rug
  • Allowing carpet cleaners or inexperienced individuals to  clean your rug

In-depth breakdown of the SHOULDs:

Sweeping your rug improves its health by loosening dust and debris from the pile and top of your rug. Sweep in the direction of the pile. You can ascertain this by running your hand over the rug: sweep in the direction of the grain.

If you have a handmade rug, it’s okay to vacuum it every week or so, but only if you don’t use the beater brush.

Rotate your rug every six months to a year to allow for even wear and a smaller likelihood of threadbare patches.

If you spill something on your fine, handmade rug, address it immediately. Use a towel to blot up excess liquid and a bit of water to dilute the stain. Call the experts at Behnam Rugs and ask us the best way to remove your specific stain at 972-733-0400.

Make sure to check your rug for moths, eggs, and larva every six months or so by lifting the edges of the rug and checking underneath. Make sure to check areas that lay underneath furniture as well.

Next, you need to inspect your rug every year or so. If you spot any damage, it’s better to repair your rug sooner rather than later, as damage tends to get worse with time.

Finally, your rug MUST be professionally cleaned at least every five years. Why? Because professional cleaning removes debris and dirt that your vacuum simply cannot reach. If left untended, these particulates effectively cut through the pile of your rug due to their sharp edges, resulting in thinning and patchy spots.… Read the rest