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.

Oriental Rug Education Dallas

Behnam Rugs for Oriental Rug Education

Are you seeking Oriental Rug education?

Behnam Rugs of Dallas is the number one place to gain rug education and rug solutions. We welcome our community to drop by and ask questions. We are here to educate and help people with their rug challenges. Since 1978, Behnam Rugs has been a trusted household name in Persian and Oriental rug cleaning in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  We promote education and professionalism in our community. We are your source of rug boutique shopping and the go-to design showroom with thousands of handmade oriental rugs at your disposal.

Behnam Rugs Events

Over the past forty years, proprietor Ben Tavakolian’s pioneering family business has become well known for its dynamic, ever-expanding inventory.  We host a series of rug events at our showroom to educate the next generation of designers and our community about our product and how people can make educated decisions not only to buy rugs and design their homes, but also how to recognize and provide correct rug care for their priceless rugs, and to understand how to tell a pure silk from a viscose rayon silk rug or synthetic silk rug.  We also explain the rug washing, rug restoration, rug appraisals, pet damage, and pet odor removal process. Watch out for our announcements on WRR. 

Also visit our online Press Release about our upcoming event on March 21, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at our showroom on 18000 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252.

Behnam Rugs has a state of art rug washing and rug restoration center that makes Behnam one of the largest facilities in the USA. Every year we settle hundreds of insurance claims for water and flood damage & fire damage in Dallas, Fort Worth area. 

 

Rug Care Essentials

Care for Your Rug at Home

January 7, 2019 | BehnamRugs.com

Caring for your rug at home is an important step in keeping your priceless handmade Persian rugs and handmade Oriental rugs healthy for many years. Consider Persian and Oriental rugs as your personal fine-art gallery. To care for these rugs you need to know the following:

Persian handmade rugs come in different styles, patterns, and materials, such as wool pile over a cotton foundation; wool and silk pile over a cotton foundation; silk and wool over a wool foundation; and silk pile over a silk foundation.

If you are interested in learning about any one of these combinations, please stop by our showroom. If you are interested in the difference between natural silk rugs and man-made silk rugs or viscose rayon silk rugs, give us a call at (972) 733-0400.

Simple Home Rug Care

Simple everyday home rug care can increase the health of your rug. When you spill food and liquids on your fine rugs, quickly remove the dry debris and dab the liquid gently off your rug. If your pet spoiled your rug, call Behnam Rugs immediately for professional rug cleaning, and we will perform an enzyme wash on your rugs.

These elegant fine art rugs need to undergo rug cleaning and washing. Behnam Rugs is an expert in this field.

All rugs must have rug padding under the rug. Not only will your rug not slip, pads also prevent color transfer to underlying surfaces in case of spot or stain on the rug, whether your rug is on the hard floor, tile, or wall-to-wall-carpet.  

Things NOT to DO to Your Rug at Home:

  1. Do Not Rub Stains into Your Rug
  2. Do Not Vacuum with Beater Bar or Beater Brush or Spot Removers
  3. Do Not Use Harsh Detergents
  4. Do Not Place Rug in Direct Heat
  5. Do Not Place Rug in Damp Areas
  6. Do Not Place Rug in Direct Sunlight for Long Periods

Behnam Rugs has over a thousand unique handmade rug in its inventory. We can help you find your special rug for your home. We specialize in unique services such as hand washing rug, rug appraisals, enzyme wash, rug reweaving, rug restoration including fringe repair, fringe recoloring, rug binding, rug delivery, pick-up rug, and rug repair. Please visit us at our showroom on 18000 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252, or simply give us a call at (972) 733-0400.

 

The Art of Rug-Reweaving

Do you have a Persian rug that needs reweaving?

December 24, 2018

Behnam Rugs explains that Persian rug weaving and Oriental rug reweaving are interchangeable terms that essentially mean the same thing. Rug weaving is a process of creating a textile by interlacing threads. The initial rug weaving is done on a loom, a frame like piece of equipment that holds two types of threads.

  1. Warp threads run vertically, and are attached to the loom frame and held in tension.
  2. Weft threads run horizontally and are interlaced with warp threads.

Depending on what type of rug it is, the warps can either be natural silk, cotton, or wool. The wefts also can be natural silk, cotton, or wool. In that case the rug is a “silk on silk rug”, or “silk on wool rug”, or “wool on silk rug” or “silk on wool rug” or “cotton on wool”, or “wool on cotton”, or “cotton on silk”, and rarely, cotton on cotton.

However, Persian rug weaving is more like a Persian rug repair. The Warps and Wefts will be repaired by an expert rug weaver. Behnam Rugs has been a go-to design resource since 1978. We provide Persian rug cleaning, Oriental rug repair, Oriental rug restoration, hand wash silk rugs, Persian rug repair, Persian rug reweaving, Persian fine silk rug repairs, rug restoration, rug stain removal, enzyme wash for pet owners, rug delivery, and rug installation services.  If you have any questions, please call us at (972) 733-0400. If you are interested in our Rug Care Essential tips, please visit our page:

Rug Care Essentials

Identify a Natural Silk Rug vs a Viscose Rayon Silk Rug

How to Differentiate a Genuine Natural Silk Rug from a Viscose Rayon Silk Rug

Natural Silk Rug Fibers

The most important way to identify natural silk rug fibers from viscose rayon silk rug fibers is the rug burn test. Visit Behnam Rugs in Dallas, Texas. We can help you with your silk rug testing. When you gently remove a few fibers from the back side of a rug, and light it, the natural silk will burn slowly with a faint glow. The burning fibers will curl into a ball with a similar smell of burning human hair or bird feathers.  Once you touch the ashes, they break into powder.  Finally, when leaving the flame, it stops burning immediately.

Viscose Rayon Rug Fibers

In comparison, viscose rayon rugs fibers will burn with a smell like burning paper. The soft ashes will drip and form residue. (not considered ash). It also produces black smoke. It will continue to burn even after the flame is taken away. Man-made silk rugs are extremely flammable.

Natural silk and viscose rayon are very similar to the untrained eye. Viscose is as shiny and soft as natural silk. Natural silk is usually priced ten times higher than artificial.

A soft and waxy feeling is a unique characteristic of real silk rug products.

Handmade natural silk rugs have an uneven woven pattern versus machine made viscose rayon rugs; although both have a perfect look to the untrained eye.

Real silk rugs do not show fold lines because the fiber has flexibility. Yet viscose rayon rugs show folds and cannot be fixed. It will stay like that forever.

Washing Natural Silk Rugs

At Behnam Rugs, we specialize in professional rug cleaning, hand washing natural silk rugs delicately. We dry natural handmade Persian silk rugs and groom them to bring out their original characteristics. We use special organic shampoo. We also hand wash viscose rayon rugs.

If you have any questions please visit us at BehnamRugs in Dallas, or simply give us a call at 972-733-0400.