Does an Oriental Rug Work for Every Type of Décor?

Heirloom Navy MultiDoes an Oriental Rug Work with Every Type of Décor?

Persian and Oriental Rugs work well in traditional style décor, but it is easy enough to incorporate the beauty of these special rugs into just about any type of style.

The design of a rug can make a home filled with modern furniture warm and inviting. Modern furniture that’s sleek in style can sometimes make a room feel cold and unlived-in. A Persian rug can add considerable warmth and a feeling of welcome. Because of the vivid colors of these rugs, it may be best if you keep your walls a neutral color, thus allowing the colors in the rug to pop.

If you love the pattern of your rug and want to show it off, a room that’s mostly neutral in tone – including the furniture – allows the rug to be the center of attention. An accent wall can also be appropriate when decorating with Persian and Oriental rugs- just choose one of the main colors in the rug for the accent wall and you will be surprised at how much you love your colorful new space.

If your rug has red and blues in it like traditional rugs, consider painting your walls a light charcoal grey – this will really help your rug stand out.

Persian Rugs, the Perfect Decor:

Persian and Oriental rugs are perfect for décor with a bohemian vibe. For example, a bedroom with pale cream or grey walls, with an antique or iron-style bed frame with a bedspread in a pink, blue/grey, or orange floral design would look great with a rug in colors of red and blue on the floor.

Also, when following the bohemian décor style, keep your walls pale and add some accents to your furniture (upholstery, throw pillows, etc.) that match the colors of the rug.

If you love the clean lines of the European modern style, see if you can stay with the clean white walls and even white furniture. Coupled with a beautiful rug on a wood floor, your room will exude sleekness while providing that all-important burst of warmth.

A Persian rug also can help a cabin in the woods – one with warm wood walls – be all the cozier.

Rugs with red in with them can add a sense of history to a neutral wall and furniture palate.

Oriental rugs also “soften” hard wooden floors and hide stains, making them great options for kitchens and dining rooms.

A great thing about large Oriental and Persian rugs, if you need to break a great room up – a dining area and family room space, for example – placing a large rug either in the family room half or the dining half “splits” the great room into two separate spaces.

A loft –type apartment or home with exposed brick walls and hardwood floors goes perfectly with a red-toned rug.

For minimalist spaces, a more simply designed Persian or Oriental piece can draw the eye and help the room seem more alive.

You can make a modern room transitional by pairing contemporary colors and furniture with a traditional rug. There is a sense of balance in transitional spaces that fine rugs really help emphasize.

A rustically-designed home might feature unfinished furniture and exposed stone or brick. The warmth a Persian or Oriental rug brings is perfect for rustic spaces.

Shabby-chic is a vintage inspired style. Antique Persian and Oriental rugs are perfect decorating items in a shabby-chic home. Vintage rugs improve the atmosphere of any room by bringing culture and history to it.

Decorating around Persian and Oriental Rugs is a matter of personal taste and family traditional living. Most grandmothers’ and grandfathers’ rugs still work in new modern homes. These rugs have been around for around a hundred years and will be for many more years to come. Proper professional rug care, including regular hand washing every 4 to 5 years, along with regular inspection and rotation will help maintain the beauty, investment and value of your rug.

Call 972-733-0400 to schedule a showroom tour.

Is a Persian or Oriental Rug a Good Financial Investment?

Hand Dropping a Coin in a Piggy BankIs a Persian or Oriental Rug a Good Investment?

We’ll be frank: if you’re looking to purchase an Oriental or Persian rug because it will appreciate in value a great deal in a couple of decades, don’t buy the rug. There is no guarantee that the rug you buy will appreciate in value, it’s better to buy a rug because you love it, not because you think it might be worth more down the line.

However, if you appreciate the exceedingly high craftsmanship that goes into making one of these exquisite pieces of “working” art (working in that you can use it in your home or office), then we encourage to purchase a fine rug and appreciate its beauty.

In other words, it’s best to purchase a rug first for its craftsmanship and beauty and second as a financial investment.

Will your rug go up in value as the years go on? The answer: It depends.

It depends on how well-made the rug is to begin with and how well you take care of the rug over the years. The rug’s condition and current trends are large factors in how much the rug will be worth. A rug’s value on the open market also depends on the value of rugs in that market at the time you sell it.

In general, Oriental and Persian rugs do tend to hold their value (as compared to other types of rugs and furnishings that lose value quickly), although it can be a very long time until you recoup the purchase price.

If the rug is of exceptional quality but has obvious wear, a quality restoration will increase its value, but you’ll need to weigh the cost of that restoration (considerable) against any price you could realistically receive for it on the market when you decide to sell it.

Is it worth it if you need to invest $2,000 in repairs on a $2,000 or even $3,000 rug? It’s very hard to say, especially if you may not sell the rug for several years.

It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to ascertain a rug’s value in the market 5, 10, or even 25 years from the time you purchase it or restore it. The market and consumer desires are constantly changing, and your rug may even be worth less down the line, especially if it has not be properly cared for.

That’s why, as we said above, we highly recommend that you purchase a rug because you love it, you enjoy its beauty, and you want something that will bring you pleasure for years or even decades to come. Buying a rug in the hopes that it will appreciate in value is a risky move. High quality handmade rugs can easily cost thousands of dollars, and while they can typically maintain that value over time with proper care, turning a profit from that rug is never guaranteed.

If you are looking to purchase a rug that will appreciate in value, the best thing to do is buy a traditional Persian or Oriental rug. These pieces never go out of style, which means their demand in the market is pretty constant. A high quality handmade rug like these is more likely to be worth more after ten or twenty years because they continue to be sought after by collectors and the public. Even if the rug you buy doesn’t end up being worth significantly more at a later date, it is unlikely to be worth significantly less than you bought it for if it is handmade and in a traditional style. Don’t expect that modern machine made rug you bought to appreciate! These rugs are lucky if they last more than 10 years.

Yes, a fine Persian or Oriental rug is a good financial investment! It may appreciate in value and leave your family an heirloom. Call Behnam Rugs in Dallas at 972-733-0400.

4 Questions About Persian Rugs You’re Afraid to Ask (But Should)

Light Bulb in a Thought BubbleQuestions About Persian Rugs You Need to Ask

Come prepared- know your budget, room dimensions, and the colors that will work in your room. Get to know the different styles of rug and what you like by doing a little research. Our simple handbook on buying a Persian rug is a good place to start.

Keeping all this in mind will help you feel less intimidated when shopping online or at rug dealers/galleries.

Here are a few more tips to help you on your rug hunt.

Do you know the origin of most fine rugs?

  • Origin of Persian Tribal Rugs: Bakhtiari, Bakhshaish, Borchelu, Gabbeh Hamadan, Heriz, Hussainabad, Koliai, Kurd, Luri,Mahal, Malayer, Nahavand, Qashqai, Senneh, Shiraz, Sirjan, Tarom, Wiss, Zanjan, Oushak.
  • Origin of Persian City Rugs: Afshar, Ardabil, Baluch, Bidjar, Esfahan, Farahan, Joshaghan, Kashan, Kerman, Kashmar, Klardasht, Lavar, Mashad, Nain, Qum, Sarab, Saruk/ Sarough, Tabriz, Varamin. These are both ancient and modern day cities.

Many fine rugs come from Persia and can also be called Iranian carpets. Outside of Persia you will find fine rugs in: China, Afghanistan, Morocco, Nepal, Tibet, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Turkey. Depending on what part of Iran the rug was woven in, it will be given a sub name like: Isfahan, Nain, Qum, Tabriz and Mashad to list a few. The design of the rugs reflects the providence where it is hand woven. There are many different patterns and designs that have subdivisions of origins like the famous rug from the Iranian city of Isfahan: The Tree of Life.

Handmade quality rugs are built to last and pay for themselves over time when they appreciate in value. Not knowing this may make you think they are expensive. A well made silk or wool rug can last more than 100 years. Rugs also filter the air in your home and provide comfort for years to come. Appropriate maintenance will keep them looking their best and extend their longevity. Make sure to factor in the cost of professional cleaning every three to five years when purchasing a fine rug.

Some rugs are one-of-a-kind antiques, these attributes do make the rugs more valuable, scarce, and increase the price. Asking the right questions and doing research will help you determine whether an antique rug is right for you.

While you may feel intimated and afraid to, we encourage you to ask away! And we’ve even put together a list of four questions you may be afraid to ask, or just didn’t know to ask but absolutely should ask anyone selling fine rugs like Persian and Oriental rugs.

  1. You say this rug is hand-made, but is it hand-knotted or hand-tufted?

Some less-than-scrupulous dealers may say a rug is handmade, leading you to believe that each of the rug’s thousands upon thousands of knots have been tied by hand. However, a hand-tufted rug is woven by looping and securing the fibers with a special tool and glue. It is important to double-check that the dealer isn’t trying to sell you a “hand-tufted” rug. These are worth much less and don’t last long. There’s nothing wrong with buying a tufted rug, just know it should be much cheaper than a handmade rug.

Tufted rugs are made with a tufting gun looping threads through material not knotted or secured but covered by a layer of synthetic glue.  A hand-tufted rug is not a genuine hand-knotted rug.

  1. Will you show me the back of the rug, please?

Some rugs are quite large and heavy so a less than trustworthy rug dealer may use the rug’s heaviness as an excuse not to show you the rug’s back. The pattern on the back of a genuine hand-knotted rug will be almost as bright and detailed as the front of the rug. The back of a hand-tufted or machine-made rug will be blocked by a solid backing or feel very different than a handmade rug. The dealer may be reluctant to show you the back of a rug he’s said is hand-knotted but actually is not.

Insist upon seeing the back of any rug that is supposed to be hand-knotted, no matter how heavy the rug and how difficult it may be to turn it over.

  1. Why is this rug, of the same size as that one, more expensive?

Don’t be afraid to speak up when something doesn’t make sense to you. Chances are the reason one rug of the same size is more or less expensive than another is because one of the rugs is of far better quality and/or design than the other. Reasons one rug is more expensive than another include having more knots, being made of a better material like wool or silk, or it’s an antique and one-of-a-kind.

  1. May I take the rug home to see if it works in my house?

Many people assume that such expensive items as hand-knotted rugs can only go home with them if they’ve purchased it. But rug dealers are different: they understand that picturing a rug in one’s home is not the same as actually seeing it on one’s living or dining room floor, so they are quite happy to allow you to take the rug home for a day. (You’ll need to leave your credit card information- as well as sign a contract that stipulates that should you want to return the rug, you’ll bring it back in the exact condition as when it left the dealer’s showroom and if you choose to keep it the full amount of the rug will be charged to your account.)

If you’re shopping for a new rug, call 972-733-0400 and schedule a tour.

Infographic about questions you should ask a rug dealer

Rug Image, Patterns, Motifs, and Symbol Meanings

Rug Image, Patterns, Motifs, and Symbol Meanings

Persian Rug Patterns
Learn How to “Read” a Rug

Rug Image, Patterns, Motifs, and Symbols Meaning

By learning the meanings of Persian rug patterns, you will be able to “read a rug” and understand what the weaver wants to tells you. The names of Persian rug patterns are derived from the city, village, or tribe where particular designs were first woven or traded. Every handmade rug is unique, but all draw inspiration from the patterns, motifs, and symbols described below. Get to know your Persian rug and dive into the history and beauty of these original pieces.

Geometry in Persian Rugs

Geometrically patterned Persian carpets, woven by nomadic tribes, are decorated with linear elements composed of vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines, and are formed by a repetition of the same motif. The motif of a carpet can be used to determine the particular tribe, or place of origin.

A pattern, whether in nature or art, relies upon three characteristics: a unit, repetition, and a system of organization. The units of a pattern repeat predictably.

Symmetry is a fundamental organizing principle in nature and in culture. The analysis of symmetry allows for understanding the organization of a pattern, and provides a means for determining both variance and change.

By varying relationships within patterns where symmetry is expected, otherwise predictable and repetitive styles may be transformed into great works of art.

These variations in design occur in the two main parts of the rug: The field, or ground, and the borders, which frame the interior (the field of the carpet). Designs fall into two different categories: curvilinear and rectilinear.

The most common motif for Persian rugs, especially the larger ones, is a large central medallion. Yet, even if two carpets have basically the same design, no two medallions are ever exactly the same in a handmade rug. Some experts believe that the medallion designs stem from the very religious nature of the weavers and that their inspiration probably came from the artwork and patterns of the domes of mosques. Symbols and motifs in Persian Rugs

Rug Meaning
Rug Meaning
Symbols and motifs meaning


Persian Rug Patterns Classifications and Characteristics

1 – Historic Monuments & Islamic Buildings:
Inspired by tile-work, structure, and geometric shapes of ancient buildings.
Some Sub Patterns: Sheikh Lotfollah, Mehrabi Kufi, Kabood Mosque, Sheikh Safi Shrine, Zire Khaki

2 –  Shah Abbassi: A special flower, known as Shah Abbassi, set-off by other floral Persian rug patterns and leaves.
Some Sub Patterns: Allover, Medallion,Tree, Animal, Sheikh Safi, Embellished Shah Abbassi

3 – Spiral: Spiraling branches around leaves. The end of each branch splits to resemble the jaws of a dragon.
Some Sub Patterns: Allover Spiral, Interconnected Spiral, Broken Spiral, Medallion Spiral

4 – Allover: All parts of the pattern are interconnected and usually drawn without the designer’s hand ever being lifted.
Some Sub Patterns: Khatai, Interconnected, Pomegranate Flower, Animal, Twisted Branch, Medallion

5 – Derivative: Patterns of neighboring regions, similar to Persian rug patterns originally woven in Persia.
Some Sub Patterns: Afghani, Caucasian, Gobelin

6 – Interconnected (Bandi): A small piece of design is repeated and connected throughout the carpet.
Some Sub Patterns: Ivy, Katieh, Mudbrick, Diamond, Tree, Milk, Sugar, Armlet, Cedar, Bakhtiari, Majlessi, Rope

7 – Paisley: Head-bent paisley (common in Indian and Iranian patterns)
Some Sub Patterns: Tufted, Deer Horn, Termeh, Saraband, Kherghei, Isfahan Pencase, Kordestani, Eight-bush

8 – Tree: Distinctive for their close resemblance to natural tree forms.
Some Sub Patterns: Animal, Green Field, Panel, Cedar, Vase

9 – Torkeman (Bokharas): Geometrical shapes & broken lines. (usually derived from the weaver’s imagination, not a drawing)
Some Sub Patterns: Gabbeh, Yamouti, Comb, Ghazel Gos, Akhal, Four-Panel, Saddlebag, Spoon

10 – Hunting Ground: Life-like animals
Some Sub Patterns: Tree, Panel, Medallion, Allover

11 – Panel: Multi-sided panel motif
Some Sub Patterns: Spiral, Koran, Column

12 – European Flower: Original Persian designs with roses in light and dark colors.
Some Sub Patterns: Rose, Bijar, Mostowfi, Panel, Bouquet, Rose and Nightingale

13 – Vase: A single large vase, or a smaller vase repeated throughout the carpet.
Some Sub Patterns: Khatai, Two-Way, Mehrabi, Allover, Chain, Haji Khanom, Repeate, Scar Medallion, One-Way

14 – Intertwined Fish: Originally a product of nomadic tribes and enriched by modern designers.
Some Sub Patterns: Herat, Farahan, Beehive, Senneh, Kurdestan, Tiny, Fragmented

15 – Mehrab: Representation of the place in a mosque where the prayer leader stands. Ornamented with pillars, chandeliers & floral Persian rug patterns.
Some Sub Patterns: Tree, Vase-Column, Chandelier, Vase, Landscape

16 – Striped (Moharramat): Repeated stripes running the length of the carpet, each stripe with its own motif and color.
Some Sub Patterns: Overall Pencase,Tiny Flower (one background color) Paisley (multiple background colors)

17 – Geometric: Lines and geometrical shapes (polygons, etc.)
Some Sub Patterns: Connected Panel, Medallion, Striped, Scarf Medallion, Plain Ground, Khatai, Star (Mosaic)

18 – Tribal: Oldest & most original Persian rug patterns. Simple creations of tribal imagination, inspired by natural surroundings.
Some Sub Patterns: Heibatloo, Ghashghai Paisley, Afshari, Khatouni, Ardabil, Mazlaghan, Khamseh, Saveh, Tafresh

19 – Composites: A composite of two or more of the above patterns

Some Sub Patterns: Twisted Branch Medallion, Chanin Medallion, Interconnected Vase & Spiral, Green Field, etc.

If you are interested in a rug with a specific pattern, call 972-733-0400 or request it! 

You can also learn more about the world of Persian rugs by reading our simple handbook.


Oriental Rug Cleaning Carrollton 

Posted on March 31, 2019

We are a family owned business. We specialize in Oriental rug cleaning for Persian rugs and all kinds of other rugs. We also sell rugs. We’ve been handling each Oriental rug with the utmost care since 1978. We specialize in techniques for oriental rug washing.

We assess each rug cleaning on a one-on-one basis. We use the same hand-washing techniques as were used thousand years ago and perfected in old Persia. However, we stay abreast with new organic shampoos. Our organic hand-washing method of washing rugs comes from a special technique that has been documented in the Persian history of rug washing & rug making, and is still used today.


  • Drop off your Oriental Rugs at our showroom at 18000 Preston Rd
  • A rug expert will examine your rug in front of you
  • We will give a history of your precious rug  
  • We examine your rug fibers to identify viscose-rayon-silk, wool, natural silk, and cotton


  • Oriental rug tagged with rug description
  • Schedule a professional hand-wash with organic shampoos
  • Oriental enzyme rug-wash for pet spoiled rugs
  • Use special authentic rug washing techniques
  • Use special drying and grooming for Silk rugs
  • Use special Oriental rug dehydrating techniques for wool-rugs
  • Post-inspection of Oriental Rug before delivery
  • Schedule Oriental rug delivery

Our 10-Step Area Rug Cleaning Process is excellent for everything from handmade to machine made rugs. Our complimentary pickup and delivery is at your service. Be sure to take the tour of our unique facility in Dallas, TX.

We offer written rug appraisals for fair market value and replacement value on request. We also suggest after each rug wash you change your rug padding. It will keep your rug in good condition.

Behnam Rugs washes fine rugs from all over the world including Oriental, Persian, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, and American Indian rugs. Our state of the art “rug cleaning-hand-washing plant” gives a whole new meaning to the word, “clean”.

Please call us at 972-733-0400. For further comments or questions please contact us with your questions.Or simply visit our Yelp page and leave us a review. Thank you!