Learn About Past Events and Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

March 21st, 2020: Estate Plan Your Rugs or Gamble with Your Assets Behnam Rug's ongoing lecture series

Past Events

October 19th, 2019: Real or Fake? Fraud or Value?

June 8th 2019: Rug, Dog, and Wine

March 16th 2019: Rug Shopping Abroad

Behnam Rugs hosts events each quarter that are free to the public. The lecture series is composed of educational events that benefit attendees by sharing information on different rug-relevant topics. Persian brunch is served and attendees enjoy food and beverages while owner and rug expert Ben Tavakolian shares his expertise. These learning experiences teach the public about rug ownership, rug shopping, rug maintenance and care, how to avoid scams, and most recently, how to integrate your fine handmade rugs into your estate plan. Make sure to sign up to attend the fourth event in the lecture series on March 21st from 10 am to 1 pm. You will learn vital information about estate planning, donation for a tax benefit, creating a rug portfolio, trading, selling, and more. Every event goes over Rug 101- a short yet illuminating lecture that details everything a rug owner should know about fine handmade rugs. Children and dogs are always welcome to attend.

The Persian Rug You Bought Isn’t Hand Made. Now What?

The Persian Rug You Bought Isn’t Hand Made. Now What?

If you’ve just purchased a Persian or Oriental rug, you undoubtedly want to show it to your friends and family. You have them over and show it on your floor. And then one of them – someone whose knowledge of Persian/Oriental rugs you trust – inspects your rug and tells you gently that it’s not a hand-knotted Persian/Oriental rug.

“What does that mean?” you ask. “How can it not be a hand-knotted Persian rug?”

And then your friend explains that it’s a machine-made rug and he knows so because he noticed the knots on the underside of the rug you purchased are too uniform to be hand-knotted because the weaving and the knots of a hand-knotted rug will be slightly inconsistent and uneven. What’s more, the designs of hand-knotted rugs are very detailed – almost as clear and detailed as on the front. But your rug’s design isn’t very clear on the back.

Now, many machine-made Persian rugs are very beautiful. They can be of great quality and can last for 20 years or more. (In fact, the Karastan brand of rugs is very well regarded. But this brand is made in the U.S. Still, a Karastan brand rug is of very good design and quality.)

As beautiful and well-made as a machine-made rug can be, it is not coveted by collectors. If you had believed your rug would appreciate in value over the years – as many genuine, hand-knotted Persian/Oriental rugs do — you would be wrong.

So now what do you do?

If purchased from a dealer, you can take the rug back and discuss the situation with the dealer. The dealer may say that you misunderstood what constitutes a hand-knotted vs. a machine-made Persian rug. He could say that he was honest with you and never said it was a hand-knotted rug (hand-knotted rugs tend to be much more expensive than machine-made rugs).

The dealer may or may not agree to give you a refund or trade the rug for another (especially if it’s been a while since you purchased the rug and it’s showing some wear – even honest Persian rug dealers may not back rugs that show wear).

You may just need to enjoy the rug you purchased – many machine-made Persian and Oriental rugs are beautiful.

But the scenario described above is an important reason for you to do your research before purchasing a rug. Study what constitutes a hand-knotted rug from a machine-made rug. Take a look at rugs you know are hand-knotted and compare them to machine-made rugs so you can tell the difference.

If looking for a Persian or Oriental rug in the Dallas region, visit the Behnam Rugs showroom. We’re happy to show you the difference between hand-knotted and machine-made rugs and we look forward to educating you in the history and quality of a fine, hand-knotted Persian or Oriental rug. Contact us at 972-733-4000.

Buying a Silk Persian Rug or Any Hand-made Silk Rug

Buying a Silk Persian Rug or Any Hand-made Silk Rug

Most Persian and Oriental rugs are made of wool, but many beautiful designs can be found in authentic, hand-made rugs made of silk.

Silk Persian/Oriental rugs are just as beautiful as those made of wool. Their designs are just as intricate and are full of meaning, just as their wool brethren are.

One very-minor caveat: silk rugs tend to be more delicate than wool rugs. They will need extra care and attention.

You also will want to be sure you are purchasing a rug that’s made of real silk. Many “silk” rugs sold actually are woven of artificial silk. These rugs can also be very beautiful and if you find an artificial silk rug that you love and you wish to purchase it, do so. But do so knowing that it’s not made of real silk.

Most artificial silk rugs tend to be those either sold in or coming from those regions that create both real and artificial silk rugs, such as India, Turkey and sometimes Pakistan. An artificial rug never comes from Iran (from where Persian rugs originated).

A real Persian or Oriental silk rug is one with its fabric/threads coming from the cocoon of the silk worm. To harvest their silk, the cocoons are boiled or heated (to kill the worms) and then are unwound into exceedingly slender, single fibers, which are then spun into silk yarn/threads.

The silk fibers, when dyed, become saturated with rich colors and have an almost translucent look to them.

Although silk is not as sturdy as wool, it is by no means weak. Silk has a high tensile strength – stronger than nylon – and experts estimate that if a single silk fiber the diameter of a pencil were to be made, it would be able to lift a jumbo jet.

How can you tell if your rug is real silk? Take a close look at the rug, making sure it has more than 200 knots per square inch – 500 or more knots is best. It should be clipped closely and have real silk fringe that obviously are an extension of the rug’s fabric (not sewn on).

Artificial silk rugs often only have no more than 250 knots per square inch and even have fewer than 150 knots per square inch. Their fringe also often is made of cotton.

To dig deeper, rub the pile of the rug between your palms. Real silk should feel warm; artificial silk will stay cool.

One of the best ways to test for silk is to clip a portion of the rug’s fringe and light it with a match. If not real silk, the fringe’s ash probably will turn to powder and be smooth and emit a smell like burned paper.

But the ash of a real silk rug’s fringe will turn flaky and black. It also should smell something like burning hair.

Can You Take the Persian Rug Back?

Can You Take the Persian Rug Back?

Your mother- and father-in-law just gave you the most wonderful of gifts: a genuine Persian rug!

And it’s beautiful. It’s exquisitely made. It’s quite valuable.

But it’s just not your style. Or it’s not the right colors. Or it’s too big for your dining room or living room. Or you just don’t like it.

Can you take it back?

Yes, usually you can.

  • If you’ve been given a Persian rug – the actual rug, not a gift certificate – find out where the rug came from and contact the dealer as soon as you can.
  • Do not use the rug. If it’s been placed on the floor, roll it up carefully immediately.
  • You may – and understandably so – have an issue with returning it if the rug has become stained or very dirty. You may have to pay for the rug to be cleaned properly before the Persian rug dealer will take the rug back. You also should be prepared to learn that the dealer won’t accept the rug as a return.
  • If you don’t want a Persian rug at all, you can arrange for the rug’s cost to be returned to the person/people who gave it to you. In addition, the person who gave it to you also might receive a store credit instead of a refund.
  • In fact, the dealer may insist that you be the one to receive the store credit, not the people who gave you the rug.
  • If you never “liked” Persian rugs before and you now have a store credit to buy one, take your time. The dealer will be happy to take you by the hand and educate you on the history and beauty of these gorgeous rugs. You are bound to find a rug that you will love. Trust us on this.

If you ever decide to give a Persian rug as a gift to someone, we’d like to suggest the following: if you really want to give the person an actual rug (instead of a gift certificate), let the dealer know this. Many dealers allow buyers to take a rug home to see if it will fit in a room, if it looks correct, and so on before buying. You may have to leave a deposit, but you can pick the rug up a couple of days before you wish to give it to someone and then return it a few days later, should the person not want it.

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

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

Many 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 and 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 Gabeh.

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 also can 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 center 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 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 than 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).