Interior Design with 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.


The perfect rug 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.



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 rug can be re-purposed and placed somewhere else or passed down to family. Wool is quite soft and easy to clean.


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.


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 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.


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 rug. A longer piece can feel like a red carpet to guests, while a shorter, wider rug makes the space feel comfortable and plush. 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.


Patterns can vary from stripes, flowers, or geometric patterns that are more modern, to traditional Persian styles which match almost anything. Your rug 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.


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 rug 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.

How to Pair Modern and Traditional Rugs in Your Living Space

Modern and traditional rugsHome Design: Pairing Modern and Traditional Rugs in Your Living Space

If you have a large living space in your home, you’ve probably considered decorating with multiple rugs. This can make a room more lively and interesting, with multiple focal points to draw the eye. But how do you choose the right combination of colors, shades, patterns, and styles to ensure the look is cohesive?

You can hire an interior designer, or you can read this blog.

One of the most popular methods is to pair rugs with similar colors but different designs. A traditional rug along with a modern rug can go together if the colors are quite similar. Mixing patterns with colors in the same shade family can result in a pleasing aesthetic. Consider using the most trendy colors to keep the space fresh. Light blues, grays, tans, and rusts are easy on the eyes while also being quite current.

Classic medallions pair well with the abstract designs that are common in modern pieces. This pairing keeps your home from feeling stagnant, as can be the case when traditional rugs are paired with conventional accessories and furniture. Too often, classic patterns make an already traditionally decorated room appear stuffy. On the other hand, modern rugs may need something to temper their simple designs. By mixing these two types of patterns, you are left with a room that has character and intrigue.

In general, contemporary colored rugs go together regardless of whether the design is modern or traditional. Pair traditionally designed and colored rugs in rich reds and blues with traditionally designed rugs.

And there you have it, all the ways you can mix and match different rugs by using colors and patterns to create a welcoming living space.

Looking for that perfect rug? Fill out our rug request form and we will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

What to do with an Unwanted Rug

Rug made into a pillow5 Things you can do with an Unwanted Rug

Over time, you may fall out of love with your rug or decide to redecorate your home and the rug doesn’t match the new aesthetic. You may move and your rug doesn’t fit in your new home. There are a few options if you want to get rid of an old rug. Don’t just throw it away!

  1. If you’re selling your home, you can always include the rug with the sale of the house. This adds value and the new homeowners may love the rug. Oversized rugs add a lot to the room and can be a pain to move.
  2. Consider giving the rug to a family member, especially if the rug is valuable. This is often the case with authentic Persian rugs and antique rugs. Keeping it in the family will give your family member the opportunity to own a rug that appreciates in value and you don’t truly lose the heirloom or the memories.
  3. Donation is a charitable option for those looking to get rid of a rug. Every year, Behnam Rugs helps clients donate rugs to churches, schools, nonprofits, and other organizations. Consult with us and a financial advisor to be sure you go through the correct channels. Proper documentation is necessary for a tax write off. Stop by Behnam Rugs to get the papers for official donation documents.
  4. You may try to sell your rug. This is not easy and depends on the quality, age, and type of rug you wish to sell. A unique, authentic, older Persian rug is much easier to sell than a machine made rug or even some handmade rugs. If your rug is made in a color or style that is no longer popular you may have trouble selling it. Refer with Behnam Rugs to make sure you are selling your rug for the right price. We give free verbal appraisals on Saturdays. If you are using eBay or Craigslist it may take a long time to sell your rug unless it is rare. This can be discouraging. Another way to sell your rug is by taking it to a rug store and seeing if they are interested.
  5. Repurposing or altering- Maybe you still like the design of your rug but no longer have room for it or wish to redecorate the space the rug used to be in. Repurposing may be right for you. Depending on the quality and design, the rug may be used to make pillows, furniture covers, a wall hanging, or decorative items like a mirror border or headboard. Another option is altering. You can bring your rug to a retailer like Behnam Rugs and get your rug resized or cut into a new shape. This will allow you to use the rug in a different space. For more information, please confer with with us before you make a final decision.

Our rug size and fitting guide can help you choose the rug that will replace the rug you no longer love.

What Exactly Are Transitional Rugs?


Interior Design: What Exactly Are Transitional Rugs?

What Does Transitional Even Mean?

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “transitional” used before when browsing for a new rug. You might be wondering what that term even means. Maybe you’ve asked yourself, “Isn’t transitional the same thing as contemporary?” The answer to that question? Not quite, but you’re on the right track!

Transitional rugs are a blend between contemporary (modern) styles and traditional styles. A contemporary rug might feature bold colors and patterns that you would never even imagine on a traditional rug. A transitional rug might feature those same bold colors but use a traditional pattern instead. That traditional pattern might be simplified and made more “up-to-date” by removing the border or adding a chic trim.

Should I Buy a Transitional Rug?

These rugs are quickly becoming quite stylish, and because of this, the demand for them has increased. Now you might be wondering if transitional rugs are a good investment, like traditional rugs tend to be. At Behnam Rugs, we believe that every rug is a good investment as long as it makes you happy. After all, there’s no point in hanging even a priceless antique rug in your home if you don’t actually like it!

Value wise, transitional rugs are currently a good investment. Do keep in mind that styles come and go, however, so while your rug might hold its value for the next year or so, no one can say what the design trends after that will be. We never suggest buying a rug based on what it might end up being worth simply because trends are often unpredictable.

What Types of Rugs are Currently Popular?

Currently, pastel colors like powder blue, champagne, and rose gold are popular. Subtle, muted neutrals like beige and grey have been popular for some time now, too. Colors mainly associated with tribal rugs, such as various shades of brown and orange, faded blue, and red are picking up in popularity.

Design-wise, we are noticing many people opting for what we would describe as “traditional-esque” patterns. These are generic ornate and floral patterns that have no distinct origin. For example, you would not be able to call the design a Tabriz floral pattern. Understated patterns are popular, too, as they add to the overall vibe of a room without overpowering other elements.

More Questions? Ready to See Some Transitional Rugs?

If you have any further questions on transitional rugs, please feel free to call Behnam Rugs at 972-733-0400 or visit us during our store hours. With over 40 years of experience, you know you can count on the experts at Behnam Rugs to help you find the perfect rug. Check out our rug request form if you know exactly what kind of rug you’re looking for.

Here are just a few of the transitional rugs you can find in our showroom! Check out our Instagram for even more photos of our rugs.


Decorating with Persian Rugs

Interior Design with Persian Rugs

If you are considering the purchase of a Persian or Oriental rug, or already own one, you may be unsure how best to present it in your home. How can you decorate with this type of rug? There are many ways! Here are just a few ideas.

  1. Lay the rug over other carpeting.

Even if you have wall-to-wall carpeting, you can put your Persian rug on top of it. Your rug can add more color or a certain atmosphere to a room by placing it on top of another rug. If so, it is best to put the Persian rug on a broadloom carpet with short pile because if the pile is too long, the rug could move over time.

  1. Entrance areas, next to a bed, under a dresser. There are many spots to place your Oriental rug.

Smaller Oriental rugs can be used effectively in a number of places around the house. By smaller, we are referring to a 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 foot rug or even small runners. These rugs work well throughout the house, particularly in places such as entrance areas, next to a bed, at the foot of the bed, in front of a dresser, in front of a few pieces of furniture that are grouped together, as a wall hanging, before a fireplace, even draped over a dining room table when you are not eating or as a tablecloth.

In fact, draping an Oriental rug over a table has a long and distinguished tradition – when Europeans began importing these rugs, they were commonly placed on tables, not floors.  Wide runners look good on walls in places such as alcoves and entrance areas.

Don’t forget the bathroom. Small runners placed in front of the sink work well.

When placing your rug, you also need to take into account the age, condition and kind of rug. For example, delicate rugs would not be suitable for areas where there is a lot of foot traffic. Here, a heavier type of rug, one made with wool that has been spun by hand and colored with vegetable dyes would work well.

  1. Oriental and Persian rugs work with a wide variety of colors.

You might be concerned about how your rug will fit with the colors of a particular room, but you need not be. The colors of the rug really do not have to match the hue of the room. Because the rug itself may have anywhere from two to fifteen colors in it, it adapts well to many different styles and shades of color. What you need to focus on is the overall look of the room with the rug in it.

We’ve placed many of our Oriental and Persian rugs in Dallas-area homes. If you’re wondering if a particular rug will work in a specific room in your home, take a photo of the room and show it to us here at our Behnam Rugs showroom and we’ll be happy to give your placement tips.