Pick the Right Rug Padding

Rug padDoes My Rug Need Padding?

Yes, all rugs need padding. Whether your rug is on wood floors, vinyl, or carpet, when you walk on your rug, you do not want to move the foundation of it. Installing a pad underneath your rug helps the rug not to move, and it helps preserve the quality of the knots in your rug too.

When a rug is installed without a pad, its shape will distort over time. Your rug will lose its shape, be it rectangular or round, simply from being shifted and moved frequently. Padding will prevent this, and it will help to extend the life of your rug. In addition, a rug that is no longer perfectly shaped will lose some of its value.

When you walk on a rug with a pad installed, it feels softer and more comfortable under your feet. You also won’t have to worry about your rug slipping underneath you and causing an accident, and yes, this CAN happen on carpeted floors, too.

Because it absorbs some impact from furniture and foot traffic, padding can increase the life of your rug by as much as 40%. The most absorbent type of padding is felt. However, the placement, construction, and your personal preferences are what will help you decide which padding is best for your rug.

What Kind of Padding Do I Need?

Rug pad materials perform differently based on the material of the rug. Ask us to help you pick the right pad material for your rug. Our certified rug care specialists can give advice and input so that you choose the best padding for your situation. We will also cut the pad to the shape of your rug.

For many years, hair and jute based pads were the only varieties available. Felt pads are newer, and we recommend this material for most types of rugs. Felt is made of recycled, synthetic materials. Moths will not eat these fibers, and the synthetic fibers of felt are longer lasting than the hair and jute fibers.

The firmness and stability of synthetic felt also give it the advantage of being able to eliminate any ripples and bumps that can cause uneven wear when a rug lies on the floor without a pad. To be truly effective, a half inch thick pad is needed.

Unfortunately, felt pads can still slip underneath smaller rugs, even if the pad is dense. For smaller rugs, we recommend purchasing rubber padding. Be careful not to mix rubber pads with sponge or foam pads.

We do not recommend sponge or foam padding, as they are too soft and can bottom out- stressing the foundation of Persian and Oriental rugs. This is especially applicable to thin, finely woven rugs, flat weaves, or antique rugs. Sponge and foam pads can disintegrate and even stick to wood floors. If you have an antique rug, it is especially important you choose the proper padding to maintain the condition it is already in after 80 to 100 years of life.

One of the best types of rug pad on the market is a fourth-inch thick synthetic felt bonded to a thin, solid rubber backing. This type of pad can serve two purpose. First, it is excellent at anchoring the rug to your floor, preventing slipping.

Second, its felt layer helps to extend the life of your rug. As previously mentioned, a rug without a pad can slide around and cause serious falls and injuries. This type of padding is recommended for all scatter rugs and area rugs that do not have a thick foundation, such as antique rugs, needlepoint, Aubusson tapestries, and flat weaves.

Another benefit of this type of pad is that it can also be used on thick rugs. It is thinner than synthetic felt and will not add on to the thickness of your rug. You can even place this padding on top of carpet. It eliminates rippling, buckling, and adjusting, even on wall to wall carpeted areas.

If you have a rug in need of padding, call us at 972-733-0400. Our specialists will make sure you are informed of your options, their benefits and drawbacks, as well as the price. Rug padding is generally a very small investment that makes a big impact on the longevity and safety of the rug in your home.

Rubber or Vinyl & Felt
Rubber padding on the Left and “Black” padding on the right with vinyl and felt.

The Difference Between Persian and Oriental Rugs

Rugs in our showroom

What’s the Difference Between Persian and Oriental Rugs?

As you search for a handmade rug for your home or business, you’ve no doubt noticed that the terms Persian and Oriental tend to be used interchangeably when it comes to these rugs.

So you may be wondering if there’s even a difference between them.

Our answer? There is a difference that matters because the history of a rug and the country of its origin are integral to the workmanship as well as the design of the rug.

In fact, knowing the difference between a Persian and an Oriental rug is of particular importance if you’re looking for an antique rug.

In a nutshell (and by the strictest of definitions), an Oriental rug is one that is hand-knotted in Iran, Asia, China, Russia, India, Turkey, Pakistan, Tibet, or Nepal.

As for Persian rugs, these also are Oriental rugs, but they are made only in Iran (former Persia). It’s a rectangle and square situation.

Many Persian rug designs actually hold the names of the cities in which they originated (a Tabriz design, for example). The designs’ popularity grew over time and even though the patterns now are made in different cities, the designs have retained the names of their city of origin.

A Persian rug also tends to have a thicker pile than an Oriental rug (up to 160 knots per square inch) and has extremely rich colors woven into their unique designs.

Persian rugs also are considered to be of higher quality than an Oriental rug, although hand-knotted Oriental rugs today also are of exceptional workmanship. This difference in quality also means a difference in price, with Persian rugs being worth a bit more than Oriental rugs.

A Persian rug is made by many skilled artisans, who work hundreds of hours on one rug. A 9’ x 12’ foot rug, for example, can take longer than 14 months to complete, with four to five craftsmen working on the rug for up to six hours a day.

Oriental rugs also offer beautiful workmanship, designs and colors, particularly silk rugs. While you may think the silk would be too delicate, these rugs are incredibly sturdy (although they do require a bit more care than wool rugs). Silk Oriental rugs do diverge from their Persian cousins in that they tend to use more traditional Buddhist designs and often use a palette of blue, yellow and apricot for their colors.

If you would like to learn more about the art of rugs, call us at 972-733-0400.

Are Persian Rugs Just for Living Rooms?

Qum Persian Silk Rug, Behnam Rugs, Dallas, TXWhere in My Home Can I Place My Persian Rug?

Picture an Oriental or Persian rug in your mind’s eye. Where is it?

Chances are it on the floor of a living room, isn’t it?

Many people equate Oriental rugs with living rooms. After all, we see them on living room floors in movies and on television. So is the living room the only place to showcase an Oriental rug?


Oriental and Persian rugs are so beautiful, so versatile, that you can place them in just about every room in your home.

First, let’s discuss that living room. Even if you already have wall-to-wall carpet in your living room – or any room – it’s perfectly acceptable to place a beautiful Oriental or Persian rug on top of it. Doing so can take the focus away from a carpet color you don’t like. An Oriental rug also can bring in a huge burst of color to your room, change its “mood,” and otherwise change a room’s look. If you have a living room with contemporary decor, you may be surprised to know that a Persian rug can really tie it together and bring tradition to an otherwise modern space.

Smaller Persian and Oriental rugs (think runners, or rugs that are 3’x5’ or 4’x6’) can be placed in hallways (doing so just brings a terrific burst of color to a place that’s often neglected), at the side of your bed (no more hitting a cold wood floor right as you get up from bed), in front of a dresser, or even placed in front of a small grouping of furniture (this helps bring the group “together”).

We also recommend trying a runner in your bathroom or kitchen. They really add warmth and culture to a small space without being overpowering.

For real drama, drape a smaller Oriental or Persian rug on an angle on your dining room table when the table’s not in use!

Place a smaller runner in front of a double-sink vanity in your bathroom.

If you have a high ceiling in a room or a high-placed alcove, consider hanging a wider runner on the wall or in the alcove.

Obviously, the older the rug, the more you should be sure it’s not walked on too much. So an antique or worn rug should be retired from a hallway, by a bed, and so on. Hanging it on a wall may be best, or placing it in a spot in a room that almost always sees no footsteps (a small corner of a room, for example). In addition, silk rugs should be placed in spaces with minimal foot traffic.

If your living room and dining room are visible from each other, consider placing two Oriental/Persian rugs of different patterns but in complimentary colors under the dining table and in the living room. Doing so helps “join” the two rooms together.

Don’t be afraid to place the rug in a room at an angle to the room’s four corners. Doing so will add interest to the room and also helps the eye take notice of the rug’s beauty.

In short, a Persian rug can make any space in your home come alive, and you shouldn’t shy away from placing them in less conventional places. You can even put them outside if the space is covered and shielded from the elements. Persian rugs bring culture and beauty into your home, why confine them only to the living room?

Call 972-733-0400 to schedule an appointment to shop for new rugs.

Designing Your Living Room Around Your Persian Rug

Living room with Persian rugHow to Design Your Living Room Around Your Persian Rug

Your Persian rug is a true work of art and, even though it’s a functional piece of art, it still deserves to be displayed in a way that showcases its beauty.

In fact, if you were to look at old issues of Architectural Digest you’d notice quickly that Persian and Oriental rugs appear in at least one featured home every issue. Go back 50 years in the magazine’s archives and you’d still see them in featured homes.

The reason? A Persian rug just adds a little bit of je ne sais quoi to any décor. The rug brightens a room. It can make a room look elegant, or even casual (depending on the other décor surrounding it). Persian rugs have a distinctive look that complements many interior design styles in a tasteful way.

What’s more, add a Persian rug to your living room and it changes it automatically. You could make absolutely no changes to the room otherwise and it still would appear as if you had an interior decorating redo.

Your first step in designing a living room around your rug is to find a rug you love. It’s that simple. Truly. Love the rug and the décor will practically take care of itself.

One thing many people worry about is that the pattern of the Persian rug will clash or even become “too overbearing” in a room. Don’t worry about this. Have you ever noticed that all real woods, whether dark or light “go” together? The same with a Persian rug: it truly “goes” with everything! It will not clash with any of your furniture or decorations. In fact, a Persian rug in a traditional style displayed in a modern room can really steal the show!

Mr. Behnam at Behnam Rugs reminds customers to keep in mind the size of their rug and make sure they walk all the way on it or all the way off of it. This, he says will help keep the wear of your valuable rug even. In addition, be sure to rotate your rug every year to help make wear present evenly.

If your rug has mostly red tones, consider this idea:

  • Use a sofa to anchor your rug. Add two end tables on each side of the sofa. Place the coffee table in the center and place two chairs facing the sofa. You now have a beautiful living room as well as a conversation nook.
  • If possible, choose a sofa in a neutral color. Add accessories (pillows for the sofa, art for your walls) that bring out the rug’s other colors. You also may want to upholster the two chairs facing the sofa in fabric that also brings out the rug’s colors.

In general, follow these designing rules:

  • If you don’t have two chairs, but have a chair and a love seat, place the sofa and the coffee table as described above, place the chair at an opposite corner of the rug and the love-seat at the other side of the rug so that the sofa and the love-seat form an L shape.
  • If your rug is small don’t place it in front of the sofa; it will look miserly. Layer it over a larger neutral piece such as a natural fiber rug if your heart is set on placing it there.
  • At the same time, if the rug is very large, place a part of all of your living room’s furniture on the rug.
  • If your living room has wall-to-wall carpeting, you can place your rug on top of it, just so long as the carpet’s pile is no greater than ½ inch. Placing a rug on top of carpeting with deeper pile just never seems to sit or look right.
  • Remember that all rugs need padding, even rugs placed over carpet. This is both for your safety as well as for the health and longevity of your rug.

Have more design questions? Trust the experts at Behnam Rugs and call 972-733-0400. You can also learn more about buying a Persian rug by reading our handbook.

Is There a Quality Difference Between a Persian and an Oriental Rug?

Is There a Difference in Quality Between a Persian and an Oriental Rug?

Questions & AnswersMany people talk about Oriental and Persian rugs as if they are one and the same.

They are not.

Some experts believe there’s a big difference, mainly due to how geography and politics have shaped the creation of these rugs over the centuries. Others don’t because a genuine Persian or Oriental rug is truly a thing of beauty.

Still, if you’re searching for handmade Oriental or Persian rug, it’s a good idea to know the difference as you shop.

Oriental rugs are those hand knotted only in Asia, which today is considered to be comprised of China, Iran, India, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Turkey, and even Russia.

Persian rugs also are hand knotted but a true Persian rug is one created in Iran (formerly known as Persia).

A Persian rug’s design once was named after the city in which the rug was created but as the rugs rose in popularity, the designs were made elsewhere, but kept the original names. Some of the most popular designs today are Tabriz, Kashan, Mashad, Shiraz, Hamedon and Gabbeh.

A Persian rug usually has a very thick pile (up to 160 knots per square inch) and its design has extremely rich color combinations, with very unique designs. While a Persian rug is an Oriental rug (Persia/Iran is a sub-area of the Orient), many people do consider a Persian rug to be the epitome of rug making.

In other words, many experts believe the Persian rug to be the better rug. They therefore tend to be more expensive than an Oriental rug.

Designs for Oriental rugs tend to represent the various traditions and customs of the region in which they are made. As an example, silk rugs made in China are characterized by Buddhist motifs. They also include an array of traditional colors.

Persian rugs also tend to be made primarily of wool (although some are made of cotton), while Oriental rugs also are made of wool, but are also likely to be made of other natural fibers, such as the silk mentioned above.

While the designs of Persian rugs reflect the region or city in which they originated, they tend to come in four different patterns: a central medallion, an all-over layout, a one-sided layout, and a compartment layout.

Please understand that any rug NOT made in the countries named above, even if it has an Oriental or Persian rug design, is NOT an Oriental or Persian rug. Any rug made in America or Western Europe is considered to be an area rug. You can get a rug in the Persian or Oriental style for much cheaper if it was made in America or Western Europe and only a rug expert could tell the difference.

You also should know that there’s a huge difference between a hand-knotted and hand-tufted rug and that to be considered a genuine Oriental or Persian rug, it must be hand-knotted. (A hand-tufted rug is one where the rug’s design is put on a canvas and a worker then fills it in with a tool that allows the worker to push the strand of wool into the canvas. Once complete, the backing is glued on the back of the canvas (because the wool design would come apart without the backing).

Looking for the perfect Persian or Oriental rug? Give us a call at 972-733-0400 or fill out our rug request form.