4 Things Your Persian Rug Dealer Wants from You

ChecklistWhat Your Persian Rug Dealer Wants from You

The main thing Mr. Ben “Behnam” Tavakolian wants for his customers is a pleasant visit while viewing the selection of fine handmade rugs available at Behnam Rugs. The next step is to help you find a Persian or Oriental rug you love and feel is a good investment.

We have listed some suggestions to help with the process of finding the rug you and your family will love for generations.That’s right- a fine, handmade rug can last hundreds of years with proper care and maintenance!

    1. Do you know the price range you are willing to invest in a fine rug?

    Knowing the range you are willing to invest when rug buying will help you and the dealer find the perfect rug for you that much faster. Your rug dealer is in the business of selling rugs, but he’s also in the business of making customers happy and if he ends up selling you a rug that’s more than you can really afford, neither of you will be happy. Beware rug dealers who consistently try to sell you rugs out of your price range. A reputable dealer will stick to your budget.

    1. Do you know why different rugs of the same size are valued differently?

    There’s absolutely no shame in not knowing why hand-knotted Persian and Oriental rugs are more expensive than carpet or why different material used in construction will change their value. Tell us why you value your pieces and we will show you our treasures during your visit also. It is possible for two rugs in the same size to be different prices. The reason may be a higher knot count, one rug is Persian and the other is not, or one rug is silk and the other is wool.

    Persian and Oriental rug sellers almost always love to let their customers know about the history of these textile works of art, the stories behind their various designs and how to tell if a rug is made of natural fibers and truly a hand-knotted rug or not.

    1. What is a quick way to evaluate the quality of your possible rug purchase?

    The design on the back of a hand-knotted Persian or Oriental rug will look almost exactly the same as the design on the rug’s front. If the design can’t be seen on the rug’s back, that’s an indication that the rug is hand-tufted or machine-made.

    Your rug seller is proud of his wares and he will be happy to show you the difference between a hand-knotted and a machine-made rug.

    1. Ask to try the rug in its new home before you buy!

    Rug dealers know that choosing the perfect rug is very important and that many homeowners can’t “see” how the rug will look in their home until their rug is actually in their home.

    That’s why it’s very common for potential buyers to take the rug they’re eyeing home for a few days to see how the rug looks and “works” in their home.

    You will have to put a deposit on the rug, of course, and if you decide the rug’s not for you, return it to the showroom in the same condition as when you took it home.

    Visit our showroom or call 972-733-0400 for more information.

Does an Oriental Rug Work for Every Type of Décor?

Heirloom Navy MultiDoes an Oriental Rug Work with Every Type of Décor?

Persian and Oriental Rugs work well in traditional style décor, but it is easy enough to incorporate the beauty of these special rugs into just about any type of style.

The design of a rug can make a home filled with modern furniture warm and inviting. Modern furniture that’s sleek in style can sometimes make a room feel cold and unlived-in. A Persian rug can add considerable warmth and a feeling of welcome. Because of the vivid colors of these rugs, it may be best if you keep your walls a neutral color, thus allowing the colors in the rug to pop.

If you love the pattern of your rug and want to show it off, a room that’s mostly neutral in tone – including the furniture – allows the rug to be the center of attention. An accent wall can also be appropriate when decorating with Persian and Oriental rugs- just choose one of the main colors in the rug for the accent wall and you will be surprised at how much you love your colorful new space.

If your rug has red and blues in it like traditional rugs, consider painting your walls a light charcoal grey – this will really help your rug stand out.

Persian Rugs, the Perfect Decor:

Persian and Oriental rugs are perfect for décor with a bohemian vibe. For example, a bedroom with pale cream or grey walls, with an antique or iron-style bed frame with a bedspread in a pink, blue/grey, or orange floral design would look great with a rug in colors of red and blue on the floor.

Also, when following the bohemian décor style, keep your walls pale and add some accents to your furniture (upholstery, throw pillows, etc.) that match the colors of the rug.

If you love the clean lines of the European modern style, see if you can stay with the clean white walls and even white furniture. Coupled with a beautiful rug on a wood floor, your room will exude sleekness while providing that all-important burst of warmth.

A Persian rug also can help a cabin in the woods – one with warm wood walls – be all the cozier.

Rugs with red in with them can add a sense of history to a neutral wall and furniture palate.

Oriental rugs also “soften” hard wooden floors and hide stains, making them great options for kitchens and dining rooms.

A great thing about large Oriental and Persian rugs, if you need to break a great room up – a dining area and family room space, for example – placing a large rug either in the family room half or the dining half “splits” the great room into two separate spaces.

A loft –type apartment or home with exposed brick walls and hardwood floors goes perfectly with a red-toned rug.

For minimalist spaces, a more simply designed Persian or Oriental piece can draw the eye and help the room seem more alive.

You can make a modern room transitional by pairing contemporary colors and furniture with a traditional rug. There is a sense of balance in transitional spaces that fine rugs really help emphasize.

A rustically-designed home might feature unfinished furniture and exposed stone or brick. The warmth a Persian or Oriental rug brings is perfect for rustic spaces.

Shabby-chic is a vintage inspired style. Antique Persian and Oriental rugs are perfect decorating items in a shabby-chic home. Vintage rugs improve the atmosphere of any room by bringing culture and history to it.

Decorating around Persian and Oriental Rugs is a matter of personal taste and family traditional living. Most grandmothers’ and grandfathers’ rugs still work in new modern homes. These rugs have been around for around a hundred years and will be for many more years to come. Proper professional rug care, including regular hand washing every 4 to 5 years, along with regular inspection and rotation will help maintain the beauty, investment and value of your rug.

Call 972-733-0400 to schedule a showroom tour.

What You Don’t Know About Hand-Tufted Rugs Could Hurt You

hand tufted rug front and back, Behnam Rugs Dallas

Hand Tufted Rugs

What you don’t know about hand-tufted rugs could hurt you!  Hand-tufted rugs are not the same as Persian/Oriental rugs. These rugs are made with a tufting gun that shoots loops of yarn into a fabric backing. Once finished, glue is applied to the back of the rug to hold those yarn loops together. Then a second fabric is applied onto the glue. This means the glue is between two layers of fabric. Many dogs are sensitive to the smell of the glue used to make tufted rugs. When this happens the pet will soil your rug. These fumes are irritants to dogs, children, and the elderly.

One simple way to identify a tufted rug is to look at how the rug is put together. A hand-knotted rug is one for which each and every one of its knots is knotted by hand.  Each strand of wool or silk is knotted by hand onto the loom. The more knots per square inch, the clearer the detail and the more expensive the rug.

When rugs are hand-knotted, the back of the rug is almost the mirror image of the front in terms of color and clarity. The back of a very fine handmade rug is virtually indistinguishable from the front! Also, the fringe of the rug — those longer threads on the end – is hand-knotted to the rug. Without that fringe, the rug itself would unravel. The fringe is an integral part of the rug itself.

The Difference Between Hand-Tufted and Hand-Knotted

On the other hand, rugs that are hand-tufted are not authentic hand-knotted rugs. Hand-tufted means that a mechanical device resembling a gun was used to attach tufts of cloth to a canvas backing. The strands of cloth are punched through the canvas, and then a glue-like substance is painted on the canvas to keep the cloth fibers from falling out.

There are no knots. While there is a person wielding this gun, hand-tufted rugs are not considered to be hand-made. And because the cloth is attached to a canvas backing, the underside of the rug has no pattern on it at all. Moreover, on tufted rugs, the fringes are usually glued on.

The terms hand-woven or hand-knotted are used exclusively for rugs that are made entirely by hand. The fibers of the rug are woven through the warp strings or knotted onto the warp strings by hand. It is a process that takes a great degree of skill and a good amount of time to complete.

Because genuine hand-knotted Persian and Oriental rugs are hand-knotted, they will last a long, long time. They also hold their value well. They are often considered to be works of art. Tufted rugs, on the other hand, are little more than decorative items that wear out relatively quickly, usually within about three years. They are considerably less expensive than hand-knotted Persian and Oriental rugs because they are simply not as well made.

Because of their durability, hand-knotted rugs are also more eco-friendly and sustainable. They are not meant to be discarded. Because they are so valuable, they should be repaired if damaged. That is not the case with tufted rugs, which end up in landfills.

If you’d like to learn more about how to tell the difference between a hand-knotted and hand-tufted rug, visit our Behnam Rugs showroom in Dallas. We’d be happy to show you how these rugs are very, very different. Give us a call at 972-733-0400 to make an appointment. You can also learn more about the process of buying a rug by reading our blog.

Is a Persian or Oriental Rug a Good Financial Investment?

Hand Dropping a Coin in a Piggy BankIs a Persian or Oriental Rug a Good Investment?

We’ll be frank: if you’re looking to purchase an Oriental or Persian rug because it will appreciate in value a great deal in a couple of decades, don’t buy the rug. There is no guarantee that the rug you buy will appreciate in value, it’s better to buy a rug because you love it, not because you think it might be worth more down the line.

However, if you appreciate the exceedingly high craftsmanship that goes into making one of these exquisite pieces of “working” art (working in that you can use it in your home or office), then we encourage to purchase a fine rug and appreciate its beauty.

In other words, it’s best to purchase a rug first for its craftsmanship and beauty and second as a financial investment.

Will your rug go up in value as the years go on? The answer: It depends.

It depends on how well-made the rug is to begin with and how well you take care of the rug over the years. The rug’s condition and current trends are large factors in how much the rug will be worth. A rug’s value on the open market also depends on the value of rugs in that market at the time you sell it.

In general, Oriental and Persian rugs do tend to hold their value (as compared to other types of rugs and furnishings that lose value quickly), although it can be a very long time until you recoup the purchase price.

If the rug is of exceptional quality but has obvious wear, a quality restoration will increase its value, but you’ll need to weigh the cost of that restoration (considerable) against any price you could realistically receive for it on the market when you decide to sell it.

Is it worth it if you need to invest $2,000 in repairs on a $2,000 or even $3,000 rug? It’s very hard to say, especially if you may not sell the rug for several years.

It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to ascertain a rug’s value in the market 5, 10, or even 25 years from the time you purchase it or restore it. The market and consumer desires are constantly changing, and your rug may even be worth less down the line, especially if it has not be properly cared for.

That’s why, as we said above, we highly recommend that you purchase a rug because you love it, you enjoy its beauty, and you want something that will bring you pleasure for years or even decades to come. Buying a rug in the hopes that it will appreciate in value is a risky move. High quality handmade rugs can easily cost thousands of dollars, and while they can typically maintain that value over time with proper care, turning a profit from that rug is never guaranteed.

If you are looking to purchase a rug that will appreciate in value, the best thing to do is buy a traditional Persian or Oriental rug. These pieces never go out of style, which means their demand in the market is pretty constant. A high quality handmade rug like these is more likely to be worth more after ten or twenty years because they continue to be sought after by collectors and the public. Even if the rug you buy doesn’t end up being worth significantly more at a later date, it is unlikely to be worth significantly less than you bought it for if it is handmade and in a traditional style. Don’t expect that modern machine made rug you bought to appreciate! These rugs are lucky if they last more than 10 years.

Yes, a fine Persian or Oriental rug is a good financial investment! It may appreciate in value and leave your family an heirloom. Call Behnam Rugs in Dallas at 972-733-0400.

4 Questions About Persian Rugs You’re Afraid to Ask (But Should)

Light Bulb in a Thought BubbleQuestions About Persian Rugs You Need to Ask

Come prepared- know your budget, room dimensions, and the colors that will work in your room. Get to know the different styles of rug and what you like by doing a little research. Our simple handbook on buying a Persian rug is a good place to start.

Keeping all this in mind will help you feel less intimidated when shopping online or at rug dealers/galleries.

Here are a few more tips to help you on your rug hunt.

Do you know the origin of most fine rugs?

  • Origin of Persian Tribal Rugs: Bakhtiari, Bakhshaish, Borchelu, Gabbeh Hamadan, Heriz, Hussainabad, Koliai, Kurd, Luri,Mahal, Malayer, Nahavand, Qashqai, Senneh, Shiraz, Sirjan, Tarom, Wiss, Zanjan, Oushak.
  • Origin of Persian City Rugs: Afshar, Ardabil, Baluch, Bidjar, Esfahan, Farahan, Joshaghan, Kashan, Kerman, Kashmar, Klardasht, Lavar, Mashad, Nain, Qum, Sarab, Saruk/ Sarough, Tabriz, Varamin. These are both ancient and modern day cities.

Many fine rugs come from Persia and can also be called Iranian carpets. Outside of Persia you will find fine rugs in: China, Afghanistan, Morocco, Nepal, Tibet, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Turkey. Depending on what part of Iran the rug was woven in, it will be given a sub name like: Isfahan, Nain, Qum, Tabriz and Mashad to list a few. The design of the rugs reflects the providence where it is hand woven. There are many different patterns and designs that have subdivisions of origins like the famous rug from the Iranian city of Isfahan: The Tree of Life.

Handmade quality rugs are built to last and pay for themselves over time when they appreciate in value. Not knowing this may make you think they are expensive. A well made silk or wool rug can last more than 100 years. Rugs also filter the air in your home and provide comfort for years to come. Appropriate maintenance will keep them looking their best and extend their longevity. Make sure to factor in the cost of professional cleaning every three to five years when purchasing a fine rug.

Some rugs are one-of-a-kind antiques, these attributes do make the rugs more valuable, scarce, and increase the price. Asking the right questions and doing research will help you determine whether an antique rug is right for you.

While you may feel intimated and afraid to, we encourage you to ask away! And we’ve even put together a list of four questions you may be afraid to ask, or just didn’t know to ask but absolutely should ask anyone selling fine rugs like Persian and Oriental rugs.

  1. You say this rug is hand-made, but is it hand-knotted or hand-tufted?

Some less-than-scrupulous dealers may say a rug is handmade, leading you to believe that each of the rug’s thousands upon thousands of knots have been tied by hand. However, a hand-tufted rug is woven by looping and securing the fibers with a special tool and glue. It is important to double-check that the dealer isn’t trying to sell you a “hand-tufted” rug. These are worth much less and don’t last long. There’s nothing wrong with buying a tufted rug, just know it should be much cheaper than a handmade rug.

Tufted rugs are made with a tufting gun looping threads through material not knotted or secured but covered by a layer of synthetic glue.  A hand-tufted rug is not a genuine hand-knotted rug.

  1. Will you show me the back of the rug, please?

Some rugs are quite large and heavy so a less than trustworthy rug dealer may use the rug’s heaviness as an excuse not to show you the rug’s back. The pattern on the back of a genuine hand-knotted rug will be almost as bright and detailed as the front of the rug. The back of a hand-tufted or machine-made rug will be blocked by a solid backing or feel very different than a handmade rug. The dealer may be reluctant to show you the back of a rug he’s said is hand-knotted but actually is not.

Insist upon seeing the back of any rug that is supposed to be hand-knotted, no matter how heavy the rug and how difficult it may be to turn it over.

  1. Why is this rug, of the same size as that one, more expensive?

Don’t be afraid to speak up when something doesn’t make sense to you. Chances are the reason one rug of the same size is more or less expensive than another is because one of the rugs is of far better quality and/or design than the other. Reasons one rug is more expensive than another include having more knots, being made of a better material like wool or silk, or it’s an antique and one-of-a-kind.

  1. May I take the rug home to see if it works in my house?

Many people assume that such expensive items as hand-knotted rugs can only go home with them if they’ve purchased it. But rug dealers are different: they understand that picturing a rug in one’s home is not the same as actually seeing it on one’s living or dining room floor, so they are quite happy to allow you to take the rug home for a day. (You’ll need to leave your credit card information- as well as sign a contract that stipulates that should you want to return the rug, you’ll bring it back in the exact condition as when it left the dealer’s showroom and if you choose to keep it the full amount of the rug will be charged to your account.)

If you’re shopping for a new rug, call 972-733-0400 and schedule a tour.

Infographic about questions you should ask a rug dealer