Why Do Pets Mark Rugs?

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Why is My Pet Marking My Persian Rug?

Posted on May 24, 2019

Pet Fascination with Rugs

What is the reason for your pet’s fascination with rugs?  Have you ever asked yourself, “So why is my pet marking my Persian Rug?” If you’re reading this blog, chances are you have a cat or dog that just won’t stop marking your rug. Rest assured you are not alone. Behnam Rugs is hosting an event on June 8 to address this common issue among pet owners and especially dog owners. Please attend our upcoming event and click on –> “Rug, Dog, Wine” Event to hear our WRR Radio Ad for our event. If you attend, you will find out why Spot marks your rugs. You will find out what you can do to reduce pet urination on your precious oriental rug. This is actually a fairly common issue among many rug owners. Although we mainly see inappropriate marking occurring among puppies and kittens, adult dogs and cats can also be frequent markers themselves. Let’s find out why. Please read our Press Release “Rug, Dog, Wine” and how to understand you dog’s behavior toward your handmade rugs.

Why is my Pet Peeing on my Rug?

Sometimes, the answer to this question is simply the type of rug that you have. Is your rug a tufted rug? Tufted rugs are rugs with a glued on backing to them. They are quite popular due to being less expensive options than hand-knotted or hand-woven Persian and Oriental rug.

Tufted rugs have a few common issues, though, and one of them is that the glue used to attach the backing to the rug causes many pets to pee on the rug. The glue on tufted rugs can come from a variety of sources. It could be a natural or organic type of glue, or it could be a chemical-based glue. Both types of glue give off a distinct odor. Although this odor may not be detectable by humans, pets can definitely smell it.

Dogs are especially sensitive to the odor that a tufted rug’s glue gives off. The scent confuses them and they may urinate on your rug out of confusion. Although puppies are the main offender here, this behavior occurs in dogs of all ages, not just puppies. Cats can also be confused by this odor. If your pet is constantly urinating on your tufted rug, it might be time to replace the rug. Although tufted rugs may seem like an inexpensive option when you purchase them, the amount of cleaning you will end up needing is simply not worth it in the end. Read our blog to find out what you don’t know about tufted rugs.

But My Rug Isn’t Tufted!

Your pet may still mark your rug, even if it is not tufted. There are a few reasons for this:

If your pet has marked your rug for quite some time and it has not stopped this behavior, it might be because your pet believes that this is allowed. Your dog or cat cannot tell the difference between a fine rug and “its spot.” They are one and the same to your pet. It is important to stop your pet from marking your rug as soon as you see signs of this behavior. All pets are different, so there is no universal approach to stopping the behavior. We suggest taking the approach that you normally do when you are teaching your pet right from wrong.

If your pet is normally well trained and has suddenly started marking your rug for no reason at all, there could be a few different causes.

Is your pet marking many surfaces and not just your rug? Your pet could have digestive or urinary tract issues. This is especially common in older dogs and cats. Call your vet and explain what is going on. Let them know that your pet does not normally do this, and this behavior is recent. They will be able to provide you with the proper knowledge on how to approach this situation.

If your pet is only urinating on your Persian rug, you must approach the situation differently. This is likely not an issue with your pet’s health but with your pet’s behavior. There is a very good chance that your dog or cat was marking the rug without you noticing, and they have been conditioned to believe that is okay. Keep a close eye on your pet and stop them from marking the rug as soon as you see them trying to do so. Alternatively, you can stop your pet from being on your rug at all. Another reason that your pet might only be marking your rug is that there is some sort of odor attached to it that your pet does not agree with, such as the smell of another animal or, as mentioned above, the smell of your pet’s own urine. At Behnam Rugs we wash rugs with live enzymes and organic shampoos.

How to Get Rid of the Odor

Behnam Rugs strongly suggests having your rug cleaned and opting for an enzyme wash. An enzyme wash will break down the odors in your rug, including the odors that make your pet feel that it is okay to mark your rug. You can read more about this process on our odor removal page, or you can call us for more information. There is no obligation to purchase a service if you call us. We understand that you might want to shop around, and sometimes you just want to know how rugs are cleaned in the first place.

For information on how to minimize odors and prevent stains after an accident, check out our blog post, Baking Soda and Persian Rugs: Taking Steps to Minimize Pet Damage to Your Rug.

Preventing and Fighting Moths Living in Your Persian and Oriental Rugs

Preventing and Fighting Moths Living in Your Persian and Oriental Rugs

Moths will eat anything, and your rug is no exception. They are one of the worst enemies of any fine rug, especially older and antique rugs. You should be especially aware of the cloth moth, as this is the type of moth that would love to feast on your priceless heirloom.

Moth issue on rugs: casemaking moth & webbing moth
2 types of moth: casemaking moth and webbing moth

How and Why Did Moths Make Their Way into My Home?

You might think that your house is moth free and your rugs are safe and sound, but pests are always looking for ways to enter your home. Moths can enter your home easily and be undetected as they do so. Mail, pets, open doors, and moving items in and out of warehouses and storage are just some of the ways that these insects can enter your home. To them, your home is a paradise. It provides shelter from predators, an excellent source of food, and many nesting spots. Once they enter your home, they can lay anywhere from 30 to 200 eggs per month. Those eggs will eventually grow up to become adults, and they will also lay 30 to 200 more eggs every month. A moth problem can easily become a moth disaster for your rugs and the rest of your home.

How to Discover Moths in Your Home

As we enter moth season, it is important to take some time to check your home for pests. Frequent checks are the best way to prevent a large moth damage problem from taking over your home, and checking for them is simple. One of the easiest methods to indicate whether or not your home has moths is by using a trap. Make sure the trap you are using is for cloth moths and not another type of moth.

Moth traps to indicate moth presence in your home
A moth pheromone trap will help you indicate whether or not you have moths in your home

These traps work by emitting a pheromone which attracts males into the sticky bottom layer. The males are trapped and prevented from reproducing. Do note that traps are only an effective way to indicate that moths are in your home. They are not an effective way of getting rid of them, should you find any.

How to Prevent Moths If Your Home is Moth Free

If your home is moth free, it is important to make sure that your home stays that way. The best way to prevent infestations is to constantly be monitoring. Moths can enter your home with no warning. A harmless box from a warehouse could actually be carrying eggs.

Moths reproduce at a rapid rate, and they eat and damage your belongings at a rapid rate, too! To prevent them from doing damage to your rugs, you may consider keeping a trap in your home throughout the year.

Antique Persian Rug with moth damage
A fine handmade rug can take a lot of damage from moths in just a short amount of time.

Many fine rugs are made of natural fibers, such as wool, which over time lose their natural oily properties and become drier, making them easier for pests to eat than a new rug. Although you can do nothing about the age of your rug, you can prevent your antique rug from becoming a moth’s next meal by regularly cleaning it. A clean rug will not be nearly as appetizing.

You should also regularly vacuum your rugs- and not just the visible areas. Eggs love to hide in dark, damp, and quiet spaces with little to no air circulation. This means that areas under your china cabinet, your sofa, and even the underside of your rug are all the perfect spots for eggs to grow. Be proactive and clean these areas regularly. You should also rotate your rug at least once a year. On top of preventing moth growth, rotating your rug will also help in distributing the amount of traffic your rug receives on different areas.

If you are taking an extended vacation, make sure that your rugs are stored properly. Make sure your home is dry and has proper air movement during your time away. When you return, make sure to vacuum and clean your home thoroughly. Your time away is the perfect time for moths to play.

Remember, proper rug protection is one of your responsibilities as a rug owner. When you put in the extra time to keep your rug in good shape now, you are actually saving yourself from weeks to months (sometimes even years!) of headache in the future.

How to Remove Moths If Your Home Has Them

If you have moths in your home, you should act immediately. They can easily do thousands of dollars of damage to your rug. A $50,000 rug can easily receive $30,000 worth of damage.

First, vacuum your house thoroughly. You will want to vacuum both the front and back of all of your rugs. Make sure you vacuum areas underneath furniture and behind your curtains as well. Take your rugs and place them in an area where they can receive direct sunlight. The ultraviolet rays will work quickly to kill any eggs that are still hiding in your rug. Don’t forget- the backside of your rug needs to be placed in direct sunlight, too.

If you have access to a leaf blower, use one to blast air in areas where bugs nest. This includes under your furniture, in the corners of your closets, behind your curtains, and any other dark and quiet areas.

Your next step will be to sanitize and wash your rug– bring your rug in for a professional cleaning. At Behnam Rugs, we can determine the amount of damage done to your rug and what steps should be taken next. Small areas can often be rewoven at a cost that would be far lower than replacement. Large areas can be shaved and sheared to minimize how obvious the damage to your rug is.

natural cleaning methods kill moths not rugs | Behnam Oriental Rugs | Dallas Fort Worth
The professionals at Behnam Rugs will wash & sanitize your rug the natural way and kill moths without damaging your rug.

Even if the foundation of your rug has been damaged by these pests, there are still options. Behnam Rugs can permanently dye your rug to minimize how obvious any damage is. The damaged areas will be hidden by the dye.

In severe situations, your rug may require a large amount of reweaving. Reweaving is generally a more expensive repair option, and the cost can be very high when reweaving is required on a larger area. In these situations, your rug may need to be sent to a country such as Turkey or Iran for the reweaving job to be completed. This process can be time consuming and costly. Remember to constantly check your home for insects in order to prevent this sort of hassle.

Can I Chemically Treat My Rug?

Behnam Rugs does not recommend chemically treating your rug, be it for moth proofing or extermination. Harsh chemicals can damage your rug, and they can also hurt you. Your rug lives with you, whether it is on your floor, your wall, or your stairs. You and your family constantly interact with your rugs. Behnam Rugs prefers natural prevention methods and restoration methods.

More Questions?

If you have any further questions on moths and how they can affect your rugs, please feel free to call Behnam Rugs at 972-733-0400 or visit us during our store hours. Behnam Rugs has over 40 years of experience with rugs and rug repairs, and our rug experts would love to help you.

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.


How Did So Many Moths Get Into My Rug?

Why Are There So Many Moths in My Home?

Every four to six months, 30 to 200 eggs can be laid by a single moth! Each new insect is then able to lay 30 to 200 more eggs. These eggs are very tiny and, in some cases, can even blend into their surroundings. It only takes four to ten days for moths to hatch and start consuming wool, fabric, and clothing. These larvae consume little by little, but they can easily spread throughout the house, multiplying year round due to climate controlled homes. Although they are hard to see, larvae can go from consuming little areas to big patches after hatching.


moth larvae living in a rug
Moth larvae living in a rug. Their paradise is your nightmare!


How Do I Get Rid of These Moths?

Now that you know how the pests got in your rug, you’re probably wondering how you can get them out. Let our rug specialists remove moths from your rugs using our washing facility– right here in North Dallas. Each rug gets a full hand washing with clear water, organic shampoo, and organic conditioner. Our wash is made specifically for the natural fibers in fine Persian rugs. We wash each rug one by one on a flat surface, scrubbing front and back with active live bacteria enzyme. This kills and removes contaminants, like moths! Don’t wait for moths to come around before you take your rug in for a wash, though. Rugs should be washed at least every three to five years. Not only will your rug be beautiful, but you’ll be preventing moths just by keeping your rug clean.


While your rugs are gone, we suggest fully disturbing every area in your home by wiping down surfaces, under couches, tables, chairs, and circulating air in any secluded rarely walked in rooms.

This will help stop the cycles and encourage the moths to find a new home.

Did I Just See a Moth on MY Persian Rug?

What to do when You Spot a Moth on Your Rug

A Dirty Rug is a Yummy Rug! (For Moths)

Dust and dirt are important to remove off of your rugs for a few reasons. Obviously, you want to live in a clean home, and part of a clean home is a clean rug. There are some less obvious reasons, though. Did you know that dust and dirt have tiny, sharp edges that work against the pile of your rug? What exactly does that mean? It means that the fibers of your rug are being stressed and they’ll wear out faster than normal. Another huge reason to keep your rugs clean? Moths. The dirtier your rug is, the more appetizing it is for these pests.

The photos below might just look like dusty or dirty rugs, but look a little closer. That’s a huge patch of moth damage- not dirt!

Moth activity on a Persian rug
Moth activity on a Persian rug.


is your persian rug dirty or does it have moth damage
Dusty rug? Think again! Those are moths.

Does this sound familiar? Do these photos look familiar? Don’t freak out! It’s not the end of the world.

My Rug Looks Like That! Help!

There are sanitation and restoration options for you. That’s right- your rug can be cleaned and repaired. Take a deep breath and read on.

First and foremost, you’ll want to take your rugs out of your home. They need to be washed by a professional. Behnam Rugs offers free pick up and delivery within the DFW area. Give us a call and we’ll pick your rug up for cleaning for you.

What’s going to happen to your rugs? They’re going to be washed and sanitized. Not only will your rug look clean, but it’ll be clean too. No more moths in your favorite rug’s fibers! While your rugs are being cleaned, we ask that you clean the rest of your home, too. It would be horrible to have your rug cleaned and repaired just to have it be re-infested.

Will My Rug Ever Be the Same?

You’re probably wondering something big- “Will my rug ever be the same again?” At Behnam Rugs, we’ll do our best to make sure every rug goes back to its owner looking as good as new. We know you love your rug. We love your rug, too! That’s why we only use methods we’d trust with our own rugs. Your rug will be cleaned the traditional, natural way. The last thing an infested rug needs is to be made weaker by harsh chemical washes. We will use our organic wash to bring your rug back to its original beauty.

Take a look! This is the same rug that you saw earlier in this post. That’s the magic of Behnam Rugs!

A moth damage rug after being washed and restored.
A moth damage rug after being washed and restored.


Restored Moth Damage Rug
Can you believe this rug used to have huge sections of moth damage?