5 Things to Remember when Buying a Rug

5 Things to Remember when Buying a Rug

Buying a rug is not as easy as many people think. The rug featured in any room will dictate the atmosphere and ambiance, perhaps adding playfulness, joy, and brightness to the environment. The rug will also decide the use and formality of the room. With the trends for color and design constantly changing, many colors come and go every three to five years or a little longer. However, traditional designs and colors are always in style, even in contemporary homes. Traditional and antique rugs make great statements, no matter your home’s design.

Here are some simple things to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect rug.

1. Size

Do not estimate when it comes to measurements. Get a measuring tape and measure the area where you will place the rug. Rugs are usually made in certain common sizes. Measure the minimum width you need as well as the maximum width you need, and do the same with the length. This will give you some breathing room when it comes to picking the size, as the rugs may not come in the exact measurements you take. Make sure the placement of the rug will make sense. For example, do not buy a rug in a size that will not cover the room evenly so that you end up with the rug only partially covering walkways. Why? You do not want to wear the rug unevenly because you walk half on and half off the rug when traversing the room.

2. Design

New rugs follow the design trends of the moment, using stylish patterns and colors. Traditional Persian designs are always in style and continue to be woven new as well. Traditional Persian rugs typically feature a central medallion or all over pattern. Visit a large rug store to see what you like, whether that’s modern, semi-traditional, traditional, or transitional rugs.


Nowadays, rugs are made in many different color combinations. If you want to keep it simple, less color is easier to work with. Try choosing a rug in a primary color that features a secondary color as well as an additional four to five colors. Color choices are totally a personal preference, and you may choose trendy shades, traditional colors, or a mix according to your taste.

4. Budget

Set a budget for each rug. Be generous- not every design and color you love will necessarily come in the right size and the price range can limit the quality. For an 8 x 10 machine-made rug, an appropriate budget is $800 to $1,500 dollars depending on the rug’s construction and fibers. For handmade rugs, you will need a budget of $2K to $8K.

5. Buy with Confidence

Learn about the rug you will be buying. Is it made of wool, silk, cotton, viscose, nylon, or something else?The material affects the care of the rug as well as its looks and longevity. Learn how to spot clean and make sure you are prepared to take the rug for professional cleaning every three to five years. Buy your rug from a retailer with an outstanding reputation in case you want to return or exchange the rug. In addition, a reputable dealer will educate you about fine rugs and help you decide using years of experience. Be careful buying a rug online, as the color and texture are unlikely to be accurately represented and some sellers may even try to scam you.

Inheriting a Rug: How Valuable is Your Parents’ Persian or Oriental Rug?

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Inheriting a Rug: How Valuable is Your Parents’ Persian or Oriental Rug?

So, how do you include a fine rug in your estate plan, and what should you do if you’ve inherited a rug? Read on to find out how to estate plan an inherited rug.

To include a rug in your estate plan, you need to know your rug. Important details to include are the value, origin, age, size, style, design, and colors. If you have inherited a rug, or are updating your estate plan to include fine rugs, the best thing to do is to get the rug(s) evaluated and appraised by certified experts like the ones you’ll find at Behnam Rugs. Trained professionals can look at your rug and tell you its value, as well as historical details you may not have known. You can use the appraisal they give you for insurance as well as estate planning purposes. In addition, it is helpful to create a portfolio of your fine works of art, which should include any fine rugs you have purchased or inherited.

Not sure how to create a portfolio? Don’t sweat it, you can learn exactly how to do that by attending our upcoming educational rug seminar brunch on March 21st from 10 am to 1 pm at our 18000 Preston Road showroom. Owner and rug expert Ben Tavakolian will educate attendees on the topic “Estate Plan Your Rugs or Gamble with Your Assets.” This event will cover estate planning, how to create a rug portfolio, how to donate your rug for a tax credit, how to sell and trade your rug, and more.

Fine, handmade rugs will last at least a generation, if not multiple generations. The unique colors and designs your grandparents loved may not be in demand any more. However, there is beauty in these special pieces. Colors that were popular in the 70s, 80s, and 90s include pastels, peach, rose, royal and navy blue, and red. It is likely that any rug you inherit from these time periods will contain some of those colors. Chinese rugs were quite popular back then, especially in the art deco, Peking, friendship and dragon styles. These rugs came in all sizes, from small 2′ by 3′ pieces to 14′ by 24′.

The best thing to do with them is keep them in the family by passing them down to loved ones. However, if you don’t love the rug you inherited, you can always gift them to religious or educational organizations that accept donations for a tax credit so that others can enjoy the beauty of the rug. Before you decide what you want to do with the rug, make sure it’s in the best condition possible. The rug is probably ready for a professional cleaning and may need repairs as well. This maintenance extends the life of the rug and is highly recommended to ensure the rug withstands the test of time.

Bring it to a reputable washing and repair facility, such as the one at Behnam Rugs. You should also get the rug evaluated and appraised so that you know its value and if it needs any work done and what that will cost. The experts at Behnam Rugs can tell you if the rug is worth restoring. Family owned and operated, Behnam Rugs offers its customers generations of expertise, knowledge, and care.

Rug Cleaning: Preventing Wear and Tear on Your Persian and Oriental Rugs

Sweeping a rugRug Cleaning: Preventing Wear and Tear on Your Persian and Oriental Rugs

It’s important to maintain the cleanliness of your rug. This extends the life of it and makes it less likely that you’ll encounter problems dangerous to the livelihood of your rug such as moths.

How to Vacuum & Sweep

Know your rug and know your vacuum cleaner to see if they’re a good match

Depending on the material of your rug, you may need to be careful when vacuuming. If you have a silk rug, do not use the vacuum brush head. You may only use the brush-less suction extension on silk rugs or else you will damage the fabric. When in doubt, don’t use the beater brush, or call the professionals at Behnam Rugs at 972-733-0400. Improper vacuuming can cause unsightly sprouting, which is when the white yarn heads become visible due to pulling. 

Sweeping is another option for silk rugs, antique rugs, and rugs made with hand-spun yarn. Gently sweep to avoid damage to the fibers. Shaking the rug outside also removes dust and debris.

How to Rotate

Rugs generally need to be rotated once a year. If a rug is in a high traffic area, you may want to do this every six months. In addition, heavy sunlight, moisture, or pressure from furniture means you’ll want to rotate every six months as well. Remember, if you choose not to rotate your rug, it will experience uneven wear that becomes more noticeable the longer you go without rotating.

How to Choose Rug Padding

Make sure your rug has the proper padding to minimize wear. Rugs with heavy furniture sitting on them may need coasters. Ask us what kind to use. A rug over carpeting requires special padding. Padding increases the longevity of the rug and reduces the risk of falls.

How to Spot Clean

If your pet marks your rug, or you spill wine or food on your rug, take action immediately. To protect the integrity of your piece, never use carpet cleaners on a fine, handmade rug. These cleaners contain harsh chemicals that spell disaster for luxurious natural fibers. If you don’t notice the spill or are not able to immediately clean a spot from your rug, you may need an expert to clean it- make sure you choose the proper rug washing specialist. Behnam Rugs’ professionals remove almost 95% of spots and stains, regardless of the age of the imperfection. This leads us to the next maintenance option.

How to Choose a Professional Cleaner

Rugs need to be cleaned professionally every three to five years. Don’t neglect your rug! Regular cleaning is vital to its health and longevity. If you have pets, your rug may be full of dander and other particles that cause odors you may be nose-blind to. Call Behnam Rugs today at 972-733-0400 or request a free quote for rug cleaning. We specialize in odor removal and stain removal as well. Our traditional Persian hand washing methods are safe for silks and even antiques. Never take a fine handmade rug to a carpet cleaner. You should always work with a company whose specialty is rugs, not carpet.

How to Choose a Repairing Service

Say your rug is old and worn, has some sort of damage, or has been attacked by destructive cloth moths. Don’t fret, in most cases, your rug can be repaired. Call a reputable rug repair company, like Behnam Rugs, and ask for a free quote. Repairing your treasured rug is the best way to restore it to its former beauty. Behnam Rugs offers a host of repair options including patching, reweaving, binding restoration, fringe restoration and more. All rug restorations must be executed by an expert professional due to the complexity of these repairs. Reweaving and restoration are very costly so the sooner you get it fixed, the more money you save.

Learn more about your rug by attending our upcoming Estate Planning Brunch Seminar March 21st from 10 am to 1 pm at our showroom at 18000 Preston Road in Dallas.

The 3 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Buying Persian Rugs

Buying Persian Rugs:

The 3 Biggest Mistakes People Make

Buying a hand-knotted Persian or Oriental rug can be a big investment, so you’ll want to make sure you are getting the best possible value for this new addition to your home. Here are the three most common mistakes you’ll want to avoid while shopping for your dream rug.

  1. Not Measuring

Many people simply estimate how large a space is by looking at it. Obviously, this can cause some issues. Once the rug has been brought home, many people discover that their new purchase is too large or too small. Not every rug dealer accepts returns, and if the rug was purchased on sale, it almost certainly cannot be returned. Furthermore, even if you can return your rug, there is so much hassle involved in moving all of your furniture out of the way, rolling the rug up, and loading it into your car. Take five minutes to measure the area where you want your rug to be. Measure the size of your room- its length and width, and also a diagonal measurement. Then, plan exactly how much of your room you’d like your rug to cover and take those measurements, too. It’s better to over-prepare than to under-prepare.

  1. Color Matching

While you might think that you know what colors will match well with your room, we always recommend either bringing a swatch or trying a rug out in your home before making your final purchasing decision. There are many things to take into consideration. Different materials can cause rugs to look different colors. Red silk will take light differently than red wool, for example. You’ll also want to take a rug’s pattern into consideration. If you have a sofa that you know looks horrible with green, maybe a floral patterned rug isn’t the best choice. You’ll have to match the flower colors and the color of the leaves, too.

Try browsing Pinterest to see what sorts of rugs are used in rooms similar to yours. You can also bring in photos of your room to a showroom and ask a rug expert about their opinion. Any good rug dealer, including Behnam Rugs, will also allow you to try a rug out to see exactly how it matches with everything in your home.

  1. Not Quality Checking

Your rug might be the right size and color, but is the quality right for you? When you walk across your rug, you’ll want something soft and even. While it might not be realistic to expect a high knot count from a $1,000 rug, you still should be getting a rug of satisfactory quality.

When you’re shopping for a rug, ask questions. Ask about the material, condition, age, and quality of a rug. If you simply only care about the looks of a rug, these factors might not be crucial, however, it’s still good to know exactly what you’re buying. Be able to tell the difference between a hand-knotted rug, a tufted rug, and a machine made rug. An authentic antique rug will only be hand-knotted. Don’t let yourself fall victim to common scams.

One factor to consider in a rug is the knots per inch (KPI) count. An inexpensive, coarse Persian rug might only have 30 knots per inch. Fine antiques that sell for thousands of dollars can easily have hundreds of knots per inch, and will feel much softer in comparison.

You should also be aware of the condition of a rug you are considering purchasing. One thing to note is whether or not the rug is deteriorating or cracking. First, put the rug face down and look on the back for any light colored patches. If you see any, proceed with caution. While this could simply be normal discoloration, these light patches are often the first signs of mildew.

We also recommend gentle bending the corners of a rug. If you hear any popping or splitting, it is a sure sign that a rug’s foundation is coming apart.

Finally, when looking at silk rugs, stay away from brittle rugs. Silk, no matter its age, should never be brittle or coarse. It should always be soft and smooth.

We know the rug shopping process can be a bit daunting, and we invite you to visit our showroom to learn more about the wonderful world of rugs. You can also request a rug on our rug request form.


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.