Water Damage on Your Rugs

Damaged rugHow to Clean a Water Damaged Rug

This blog is all about rescuing rugs affected by hail damage, roof damage, water leaks, flash flooding, broken skylights, and more. Behnam Rugs is here to help.

Before Behnam Rugs can pick up your rugs to clean and sanitize them, there are a few steps you can take to minimize any damage.

1. Carefully remove debris from your rugs. We cannot stress the emphasis on carefully enough! There could be tiny pieces of glass in your rug, and you won’t find out until you step on one. Wear protective shoes while removing debris. Remove what you can, but please do not hurt yourself trying to do more than that. Wearing gloves while removing debris can make the process a bit safer.
2. If your rug is wet or even partially wet, dry it by using a towel to absorb excess water. If you have access to a water extractor, you may consider using it. If you are not 100% sure on how to operate a water extractor, it’s best to not do anything with it at all, however.
3. Use a fan to dry your rugs if there is even a chance that your rug may be wet. Do not use a hair dryer or anything that uses heat to dry. This will harm your rug. Dehumidifiers can help as well.
4. If your rug is in an area that could receive run-off water, remove it from the area immediately. Run-off water could potentially contain chemicals that will damage your rug and permanently change its color.

Taking these steps will prevent color runs and bleeding, as well as damage to the rug’s fibers and dyes.

If your rug is already showing signs of color bleeding, worry not! Behnam rugs specializes in fixing color bleeding in rugs. Call us at 972-733-0400. We can also restore the pile of your rug and restore antique rugs if these are services you need, too. If your rug has been damaged, contact Behnam Rugs as soon as possible. The sooner you tackle a rug problem, the better the results will be, especially when you’re dealing with water damage. Remember, if you let your rug sit in water for more than 24 hours, there is a high chance of mold occurring. Mold can be dangerous to you as well as extremely harmful to your rug.

If you are not able to return to your rugs or if they have been damaged beyond repair (or totaled- your rug can be totaled just like a car!), contact us at 972-733-0400. and we will prepare an appraisal for insurance purposes. As long as you have some photographs of your rug and records of the sale or records of what kind of rug you had, we can make an appraisal for you. Talk to your insurance provider to see if the cost of your rug or rug restoration can be covered.

New Possibilities for Old and Unwanted Persian and Oriental Rugs

Rug made into a pillowWhat to do with Old and Unwanted Persian and Oriental Rugs

Over the years, what you need from a rug may change. Perhaps you have moved to a new home. Maybe you are changing the colors and décor in the home that you are already in. There are plenty of reasons why a fine rug you once loved in your home might no longer be the best rug for you. The question is, what do you do with such an expensive rug?

Ben Tavakolian, the founder of Behnam Rugs, suggests considering the generous route. You can gift your rug to family members, friends, co-workers, or colleagues as a valuable gift that they can enjoy for years to come.

Oriental and Persian rugs are excellent investments, not just value-wise, but because they are resilient and will last over the years when properly cared for. Do you know any young families or newlywed couples? They might really appreciate the gift! A great rug can turn a house into a home.

If you do not have anyone that you would like to gift your rug to, consider having it appraised before you donate, sell, or trash it. At Behnam Rugs, we offer free verbal appraisals. These are the types of appraisals you would use when you are simply curious about the value of your rug, or if you do not want to pay for a written appraisal without knowing if your rug is actually worth anything. For tax and insurance purposes, however, you will need a written appraisal. At Behnam Rugs, these generally cost about $100-$150 per appraisal. Written appraisals give both the market value and the replacement value.

Once you know the value of your rug, you can sell it or donate it. If you would like to sell your rug, read our in-depth blog post, Options for Selling a Persian/Oriental Rug. This post will detail your options for selling a rug and list the pros and cons of each option.

Donation is another route. Now, we don’t mean donating your rug to Goodwill or Salvation Army, although you can certainly do so if you wish. Many fine rug owners who donate their rugs actually donate them to universities or nonprofit organizations. We’re sure your favorite start-up restaurant or boutique would really appreciate a helping hand with decorating too! A huge perk of donating is that donating a rug will provide a nice end-of-the-year tax benefit for you.

You can also re-purpose your rug. You can resize or reshape your rug. Behnam Rugs offers custom resizing services in-house for those who want to downsize their rug. Our weavers carefully trim and rebind your rug to its new dimensions so that the work is unnoticeable. You can also turn it into a throw pillow, chair covers, a unique table covering, or even a handbag. There are a variety of options for rug re-purposing, and one can easily spend hours on sites like Pinterest browsing through the many options. If you love your rug but don’t love the purpose it currently serves, this might be just the option for you.

Whatever decision you make, Behnam Rugs is here to help you along the way. We welcome you to give us a call or email us if you need any rug advice. You can also visit our showroom at 18000 Preston Rd. Dallas, TX 75252.

5 Things you can do with an unwanted rug

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.

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 our blog to learn more about how to prepare a rug for shipping. You might end up with so many extra fees that it simply wouldn’t be worth the hassle.

Rug Auction
Dallas is a large city and there are many auction options available here. Depending on the value of your rug, one option might be the Dallas Auction Gallery, which specializes in fine art and luxury items. While you might have to pay a percentage of the sale to these services, you would likely still be making more off your rug than if you were to handle the sale yourself.

Before putting your rug up for sale, Behnam Rugs strongly suggests having your rug cleaned. Your rug will not have a second chance to make a first impression. It will be more appealing and more valuable if it has been recently cleaned. If it’s been some time since your last cleaning or if your rug has seen a lot of use lately, consider having it cleaned at Behnam Rugs. We clean and sanitize rugs using our 10 Step Persian Hand Washing Process.

Other Options

You don’t have to sell your rug! If you think that might be more hassle than it’s worth, donation is always an option. You can read more about donating your rug in our post, New Possibilities for Old and Unwanted Persian and Oriental Rugs.

If you have a rug you are looking to sell, call 972-733-0400.

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. In short, transitional rugs draw inspiration from both modern and traditional designs.

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, blues in a range of shades are on trend, as well as bold and multicolored rugs. 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. As always, Persian and Oriental rugs are what many people want due to their classic style that is always en vogue.

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 42 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.


Why Do Pets Mark Rugs?

Dog Mark Oriental Rug, Behnam Rugs Dallas

Why is My Pet Marking My Persian Rug?

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. 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.

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. To schedule professional rug cleaning, call 972-733-0400.