Posted on March 30, 2019

Behnam Rugs is a family owned business that has served the need for oriental rug cleaning since 1978. We specialize in oriental rug cleaning for all kinds of handmade and handwoven area rugs and Persian rugs. 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 inthe Persian history of rug washing & rug making, and is still used today.


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


  • Schedule a professional hand-wash with organic shampoos
  • Oriental rug tagged with rug description
  • Oriental enzyme rug-wash for pet spoiled rugs
  • Use special ancient 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 your free Oriental rug delivery

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

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

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

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How to Shop For a Rug Online

How To Shop For A Rug Online

Rug Shopping in Dallas at Behnam Rugs

Rug Shopping in Dallas at Behnam Rugs…Visit our elegant rug boutique in North Dallas for an exquisite experience in Oriental handmade rugs. We offer oriental rug washing too. In this day and age of online shopping, you may wonder why or if you should be shopping for rugs in person. Shopping for a rug in person has many perks. You can see the details up close, and you can get a better idea of the rug’s texture and condition. We educate each of our customers on the many rugs in store. All rugs need the right rug padding.  Many of our returning clients come for an immediate enzyme rug washing due to their pets’ accidents. It is all an education!

If you’re shopping for a rug on a site like eBay, which features a feedback system, take the time to look through the reviews. You’ll want to look out for things like a seller not describing items accurately, delayed shipping times, and situations where a buyer never received anything at all. Something a single instance of a seller missing a shipping deadline might be excusable, however, we recommend staying away from sellers who have multiple complaints of sending out goods that varied tremendously from the product description.

Rug Description
It happens far too often- the title says “Handmade Rug” but the description goes to clarify that the rug is actually a machine made rug styled after handmade rugs. Take the time to read every bit of a rug’s description, because a deal that is too good to be true often is.

If you’re shopping for an authentic Persian or Oriental rug, the rug’s construction should be hand-knotted or hand-woven. There should also be clear information about the country of origin of a rug, its materials (beware of “antique” rugs using any material other than wool or silk, as these are often reproductions), and information such as the knots per square inch (KPI).

Generally, you will want to look for any discrepancies. For example, an authentic Persian rug will only come from Iran. You should not spend excessive amounts of money on an “authentic” Persian rug made in India or Pakistan, for example, as these rugs are often reproductions. Their quality may be similar, however, there is a huge price difference.

If any information is missing, reach out to the seller. Often times, they simply forgot to include information. Be wary of sellers who either can not or will not provide additional information.

The more photos, the better. At the very minimum, you should be looking for photos of at least one side of the rug, its fringe, and the back of the rug. Rugs with major repair jobs done will show signs from the back side better than they will from the front. Additional photos can include detail shots, corner photos, and photos of problem areas. If a rug’s description mentions something vague about the rug, such as “minor damage”, however, there are no photos of said damage included, request them. One person’s definition of minor damage might actually be your idea of major damage.

Persian Rug With Age Related Damage
This photo clearly shows an area of damage for a buyer instead of hiding the condition of the rug.

If the rug you are looking at is over a decade old, ask for additional photos of typical problem areas, such as the fringe. You should also ask if the rug appears to need any repairs, and make sure to ask about the last time the rug was washed, too.

If you’re not sure about a rug that you found online, ask a trusted rug expert for a second opinion. At Behnam Rugs, we are more than happy to look over product photos with you and give you our input. If you’re not comfortable purchasing a rug online, we can even find you a rug similar to the one you found.

We hope this guide made shopping for rugs a little bit easier. Remember, you can reach out to us at behnam@behnamrugs.com or call us at 972.733.0400 if you have any questions.

How Well Do You Know Your Persian Rugs?

Persian Rugs: How well do you know them?

Are you pretty savvy when it comes to spotting a quality Persian or Oriental rug? If so, prove it! We’ve put together a short quiz about these beautiful works of art to see how well you really know your rugs. Here we go!

  1. Is a Persian rug an Oriental rug?

If you answered yes, you are correct. Any rug hand-knotted in China, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, or Iran is an Oriental rug. Oriental rugs made in Iran (once knowns as Persia) are Persian rugs.

Is an Oriental rug a Persian rug? Not unless the rug is made in Iran; only rugs made in Iran/Persia can be called Persian rugs.

So a Persian rug is an Oriental rug, but an Oriental rug isn’t always a Persian rug.

  1. Is an antique Persian/Oriental rug always more valuable than a new rug?

This is false. The value of a hand-knotted Persian or Oriental rug really is based upon its age as compared to its condition. In other words, the older the rug and the better condition it’s in could make it more valuable than a new rug of comparable design. Some antique rugs can hold enough value even if they are in fairly bad shape (in need of considerable restoration/repair). But many antique Oriental/Persian rugs in very poor shape are simply old rugs.

Antique oriental rugs

The Turkish Pazyryk carpet was created in the 5th century BC and is considered to be the oldest still-extant Oriental carpet in the world. It is very valuable; another antique rug in this condition may not be.

  1. Are Persian rugs “better” than Oriental rugs?

This also could be considered a “trick” question, because some people really do think Persian rugs are better than “mere” Oriental rugs, but the difference is so small as to be insignificant.

Persian rugs once were of far better quality, but that is no longer the case.

The work that goes into both types of hand-knotted rug is extensive and any difference in their quality would need the eye of an expert to detect.

So the real answer is, no, Persian rugs aren’t really better than Oriental rugs.

  1. Is the pattern on a machine-made Persian/Oriental rug as clear on the back as on the front?

No. This is one way you can tell if a rug is hand-knotted or not: the design and colors will be almost as brilliant and clear on the rug’s back as they are on the rug’s front.

The reason is that machine-made rugs (even hand-tufted rugs, which use a hand-tool to insert and knot the threads into a pattern painted on the rug’s canvas) will have a backing that’s glued to the rug’s canvas; the rug would fall apart without this backing.

A hand-knotted rug, however, is created by a highly-skilled artist making tens of thousands of extremely tiny knots of wool thread to create the rug’s design. Each knot is tied so tightly that the rug’s design “shows through” to the back of the rug.

To learn more about Persian and Oriental rugs, visit  Behnam Rugs’ Dallas showroom. Contact us at 972-733-4000.

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Weather related damages on your Persian and Oriental rugs.

Let us help you recover your rugs from bad weather this season.

Weather can cause many problems. Behnam Rugs is there to restore and repair your fine rugs. We have helped many customers in the past by restoring their rugs after a water leak through their roof, or a broken skylight let in hail and rain /debris, and cracked windows put glass, dirt and sheet rock in and on their rugs.

Due to the high absorbency of rugs, water rising slowly and leaking into rugs over time water damage might not be noticed as fast as other weather related damages.  Water being absorbed into your fine rugs  could go on for days without a sound of running water letting the homeowners know there is a problem.

If sitting water is not removed fast it will cause mildew, color bleeding, rot and even the rugs foundation to be damaged.  We would like to be the ones to remove your wet rugs safely.

Let Behnam Rugs pick up all your weather damaged, water damaged rugs. Then we will correctly wash and restore any color bleeding, damaged areas by washing, reweaving and patching affected areas as needed.

We offer a long list of restoration, cleaning and repair options please visit our website for more detail.  Click Here for more Information

weather damaged rug
weather damaged rug, water leak rug

Why People Think Persian Rugs are Better Than Oriental Rugs

Why People Think Persian Rugs are Better Than Oriental Rugs

Have you been told that a hand-knotted Persian rug is better than a hand-knotted Oriental rug? Or do you just have a feeling or belief that Persian rugs are better than an Oriental rug?

If so, you are correct as well as incorrect. We’ll explain below.

First, you must understand that all rugs known as Persian and Oriental rugs are actually Oriental rugs. The term Persian rug denotes a rug that is made in Iran (much of Iran was once known as Persia, hence the name Persian rug), while a hand-knotted Oriental rug is one that is made in India, China, Egypt, Afghanistan, or Pakistan.

The difference between a Persian or Oriental rug predominately is in the history of the designs of the rugs.

If you were to purchase a Tabriz Persian rug, for example, you’d be purchasing a rug with a design named for its city of origin: the Persian (now Iranian) city of Tabriz. A rug in the Tabriz design may not actually be made in Tabriz today, because as the popularity of any one design grew, the patterns started to be created elsewhere. Other well-known Persian rug designs include Hamadan, Heriz, Gabbeh, and Dubba – all named for the cities where the particular design originated.

A Persian rug’s design pattern tends to be one of four traditional patterns: a medallion in the center of the rug, an all-over design, a one-sided layout, and a compartment layout. Their designs tend to have specific meaning for the city or region from which the design originated.

Persian rugs historically were of far better quality than Oriental rugs, which is why many people believe them to still be of higher quality.

Oriental rugs

An exhibition of Oriental rugs.

But the craftsmanship that goes into creating a hand-knotted Oriental rug is on par with the artistry needed to weave a Persian rug. There’s really not much difference between the two types of rug when it comes to their quality and any that there is would take an expert’s eye to discern.

The real reason a hand-knotted Persian or Oriental rug is so valuable is because it is knotted by hand, a process that can take months and even years (depending on the rug’s size). A hand-knotted Persian rug, for example often has a very thick pile of up to 160 knots per square inch!

So unless you are a true expert in these rugs, we recommend that you purchase a rug with a design you love and leave the beggarly squabbling over whether a Persian rug is “better” than an Oriental rug to the experts. In other words, enjoy your tapestry work of art!

Visit Behnam Rugs’ Dallas showroom to see hand-knotted Oriental and Persian rugs up close and to learn more about the history and meanings of their designs. Give us a call at 972-733-4000.

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