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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.

Rug Shopping Abroad Seminar March 16th

Rug Shopping Abroad

On March 16th, 2019 Behnam Rugs hosted the first educational brunch seminar in its ongoing lecture series. Attendees learned the following and more:

  • What to buy and what not to buy
  • How to buy quality handmade rugs in different countries you are visiting
  • How to recognize real silk from viscose rayon silk  
  • How to negotiate a better rug price

You can learn how to tell the difference between real silk and fake silk by reading our blog.

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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).

A Persian Rug as an Investment

A Persian Rug as an Investment

Although the chances that you can buy an authentic Persian rug and then sell it five years later at considerable profit are very small, many people purchase these beautiful hand woven works of art because they know the rug can appreciate in value over the years.

Read below for tips on how to purchase a Persian rug so that you can be sure it will increase in value over the years.

  • You first need to visit several Dallas Persian rug dealers and start learning about what qualities to look for in a rug. Aim to visit at least three dealers. (Naturally, we hope that Behnam Rugs will be one of those dealers.)
  • Don’t be shy about this: people go into the rug business because they have a passion for these beautiful rugs and want to pass that passion along to others. It’s rare a Persian rug dealer will not want to take you by the hand and educate you about his rugs.
  • A first step in ascertaining a rug’s quality is to look at the ticket on the rug. You want to make sure the rug has no fewer than 100 knots per square inch (for geometric designs), or about 300 knots per square inch (for floral designs).
  • Each rug should have a ticket that tells you the rug’s age, its origin, the type of rug, its size, and a bit of description of its quality and design. The ticket also should tell you its condition and its retail price. (This is why it’s a good idea to visit several Persian rug dealers so that you’re better able to ascertain what a reasonable price is for rugs of certain sizes, designs and quality.)
  • A Persian rug is never made in China. An authentic Persian rug is only woven in Iran (which once was known as Persia). Persian rugs are the finest rugs made in the world.
  • Talk to the dealer and find out which designs and styles are considered to be classic and timeless. Up-to-the-minute styles may –or may not – stay in fashion. To better ensure that your rug goes up in value, it’s best to purchase a rug with a design that’s considered classic or traditional. Why? Because these designs never go out of style, and someone 25 or even 50 years from now may be more willing to pay a good price for the rug when you’re ready to sell it.

Take your time. Research and study and learn about Persian rugs. Enjoy the process: you’re going to learn more than just the qualities that make for a good rug: you’ll learn about ancient history, art and culture.

Enjoy your shopping!

Wool or Silk Persian Rug?

Wool or Silk Persian Rug?

Authentic Persian and Oriental rugs are made not only of the finest of wools, but also can be made of silk.

You may wonder which is better to purchase: The answer is neither. Neither is “better,” but one or the other may be a better choice depending on what you plan to do with the rug.

If you’re going to place it on a floor and walk upon it, it’s probably better to purchase a wool rug – they are much more durable.

If you plan to use the rug more as a work of art – you plan to hang it on a wall, for example – a silk rug may be best because a silk rug isn’t as durable as one made of wool.

In fact, most handmade Persian rugs made today are crafted from fine wools (such as camel hair, Manchester or Kork wool). Relatively few authentic Persian rugs are made of silk today. Most on the market are antiques and therefore are rare, quite valuable and really shouldn’t be trod upon.

To choose a quality silk rug, check for the following:

  • You’ll want to make sure it’s actually made of silk. To tell if it’s a silk rug, pull a teeny strand of silk from the rug and burn it. If it’s silk, it should shrivel and smell like burned hair.
  • The silk rug should be very shiny when looking down its nap. The more the shine, the better the chances that the rug is really made of silk.
  • Note that some dealers use the term “art silk,” when talking about some rugs. This is not indicative of the artistry that went in to making the rug. Instead, it means “artificial silk.”

As for a wool rug, to make sure it’s of a high quality, check for the following:

  • While a wool rug shouldn’t be shiny, it should have a sheen or luster to it.
  • Be careful, however, because some poor quality wools are blended with artificial materials made from petroleum that falsely give the wool the sheen of a good quality wool. These wools will fall apart over time. They also can become smelly as the years go by, especially if laid on a heated floor.
  • You want to look for a rug with wool that has been hand-spun, if possible. Wools that were machine-spun are fine, but are not as highly regarded. The good news is that a rug made of machine-spun wool won’t be as expensive as one that is crafted with hand-spun wool.