How to Pack a Rug for Shipping, Storage, or Transport

How to Pack a Rug for Shipping, Storage, or Transport

How to Ship a Rug

Often it is necessary, whether due to lifestyle changes or a move, to pack a rug and prepare it for shipping, storage, or transport. However, packing a rug is not something that should be done without proper preparation. Improperly packing a rug can destroy its integrity, resulting in permanent creases, dry, brittle fibers, as well as texture changes and color runs.

If you need to pack a rug, make sure to read this blog and watch the included YouTube video, as that will ensure you treat your rug with the respect it deserves to remain in pristine condition.

Not all rugs are the same, and the size, material, origin, and style of your rug should influence the way you prepare it for transport. There is a certain way to fold or roll your rug to preserve the integrity of its construction.

Let’s discuss the first reason you may need to pack your rug.


For whatever reason, you have decided to place your rug in storage. That means you need to prep your rug for an extended stay. It is best to store a clean rug, therefore you should seriously consider having your rug professionally cleaned by experts in traditional hand washing methods such as Behnam Rugs. If you elect not to wash your rug, thoroughly vacuum the face and back of the rug. If the rug is handmade, do not use the beater brush extension. In addition, you can sweep the rug as well. Find out how to vacuum your rug properly.

Rolling is the best method to prep a rug for storage, as it works for rugs of any size, quality, and material. Always roll your rug from the fringed ends, do not roll from side binding to side binding. In order to roll your rug, you need to go against the nap. Use your hand to determine the direction of the nap. When the nap goes in the direction your hand is rubbing, that is the direction you roll opposite of. So, if you stroke the rug towards yourself and you can tell that your hand is rubbing with the grain of the rug, you want to roll the rug starting from that side. Rolling against the nap ensures that no wrinkles or crushing occurs. We know this can be confusing to understand, so we have included a visual in the video below.

If the width of the rug is wider than the storage area, you will need to fold it carefully. There are two methods of folding your rug- the one fold roll and the two fold roll. We have recorded the proper execution of these folding methods in the video above.

These methods affect the width, height, and girth of the rug once done. After you roll or fold and roll your rug, you need to wrap it up to prevent mice and moths from damaging it. Always use a breathable fabric, such as muslin, cotton, or a bed-sheet. Why? Wool contains organic materials such as proteins and oils that need oxygen. Without oxygen, wool becomes dry and brittle.

Never wrap your rug in paper or plastic for long-term storage. Paper deteriorates, leaving a feast for moths and mice. Plastic can cause moisture to accumulate, resulting in color runs or texture changes.

Always store your rug in a climate-controlled facility. Temperature variation, in garages and attics for example, is bad for most rugs in storage. The storage room should be dry, with good air circulation, clean, and secure so that insects and mice can’t get in. Common pests that damage rugs in storage include cloth moths, carpet beetles, mice, and carpenter ants. Make sure to store the rug a foot or more above the ground to make it harder for pests and flooding to reach it.

If you have decided to place your rug in storage, you may want to use moth balls to repel destructive moths. We do not recommend using moth balls on your rug in your home. If you use moth balls, be sure to air the rug out in the sun for several days to get rid of the odor before bringing the rug home. Note that this odor is quite stubborn and that your rug may require professional hand washing with an enzyme rinse to get rid of the smell if you do decide to use moth balls.


Perhaps you are moving and need to ship your rug to a family member or friend. If you are shipping your rug via mail carrier, you will need to follow their instructions. Luckily, we have included FedEx and UPS’ shipping parameters for rugs so that you can prepare the rug for shipping.

With FedEx Express® U.S. services, you can ship packages up to 150 lbs.; up to 119″ in length and 165″ in length and girth. With FedEx Ground® services, you can ship packages up to 150 lbs.; up to 108″ in length and 165″ in length plus girth. UPS packages can be up to 150 pounds, and 165 inches in length and girth combined (girth = 2 x width plus 2 x height). Size and weight determines shipping costs. We recommend FedEx Ground services as the cheapest option.

Roll the rug and secure it with rope or tape. If the rug is 6 x 9 or larger, you will need to employ one of the fold and roll techniques. Once the rug is rolled, wrap it in durable plastic and leave about 8 inches at each end. Secure the ends with zip ties. Wrapping your rug in plastic protects it from any liquid spills that soak through the box.

All dry rugs contain moisture, so you never want to leave your rug wrapped in plastic for more than a month. Why? The moisture that is trapped in your rug can cause long-term color and texture changes after being wrapped in plastic for more than a month.

If you are shipping a rug that weighs more than 150 pounds, you will need to hire a freight or trucking company. To find one to work with, search Google for a company in your area that transports items to the final location where the rug will go. This brings us to the last reason you may need to pack your rug.


If you are working with a moving company, make sure your rug is properly rolled and wrapped. Label each rug with the size and location you will use it in, such as the dining room, to make unpacking simpler. Do not place it at the bottom of the truck with heavy items placed on top of it. Always put your rugs on top when using a moving van.

When you lift your rug for transport, lift from both ends. Lifting the rug in the middle creates tension that puts undue pressure on the fibers and causes creasing that can be permanent. If you aren’t lifting the rug yourself, let the movers know to pick up the rug at both ends. If the rug is 6 x 9 or smaller, you may be able to roll it and fit it inside your SUV. For larger rugs, or smaller cars, you will need to employ one of the roll and fold methods.

How to Properly Store Your Persian Rug

Storage unitProper Storage and Persian Rugs

As beautiful as your Persian rug is, there will be times when you decide that it may be best to store your rug for a few days, weeks, months, or even years.

To make sure that your rug stays beautiful and free from moths or other hidden dangers, read the rug storing tips below.

  1. First, have your rug dusted and washed by a professional rug cleaner. This step will ensure that your rug’s pile is free from moths, moth eggs, dust, and micro-dirt before storage. Avoid storing your rug in areas in which the rug will experience major swings in temperature and/or humidity levels. A non-climate controlled storage facility or an attic will have your rug sitting in summer high and winter low temperatures, which are not healthy for the fibers of your rug. Temperature and humidity changes can permanently affect your rug. Additionally, do not place your rug in an area where there is no airflow or natural light. Again, your attic, your basement, or a non-climate controlled storage unit are not ideal storage spots.
  2. The next step is finding and selecting a proper storage area. Please do not store your rug in a closet, basement, or garage. We have seen far too many rugs that have been damaged due to improper storage. Moist areas are never a good idea for the storage of rugs, so we suggest a climate-controlled storage facility. Behnam Rugs offers rug storage options, but any climate-controlled storage facility will do. If you’d like to store your rug in your home, consider using a guest bedroom or an unused room as opposed to an attic or basement. This will lower the risk of damage from changes in temperature or humidity.
  3. It is actually best to store your rug right on the floor. If possible, lay your rug on a table or shelf, placing a layer of cotton fabric between the rug and the table/shelf in order to keep the rug from soaking up the acids found in wood. The fabric usually is not absolutely necessary, unless you’ll be storing the rug for more than a year. Make sure to store the rug horizontally, as vertically storing your rug leads to bending and creases that can be permanent.

 Persian rugs are precious and should be stored as carefully as possible. Here, one of our team members has rolled a rug over a sturdy cardboard tube and covered it with a muslin cloth.

Rolling a Persian Rug

  • You can fold your rugs, but if you do so, fold it softly and do not keep it folded for too long (no more than a few weeks). The folds could cause creases. We recommend rolling your rug if possible to avoid this issue.
  • Find a cardboard tube that is longer than the rug is wide and use it to roll the rug up. If the rug’s foundation is strong enough, roll the rug with the pile in. Otherwise, roll it up with the pile facing out and the foundation facing in.
  • Find a piece of muslin, then cover the rolled rug with it. This will protect the rug from insects, mice, dust, and direct light. If you do not have muslin, use an old bed sheet- any breathable fabric will do. Make sure the muslin or sheet is wide enough to cover the entire width of the rolled rug, then tuck it into the ends of the tube. You do not want any part of the rug exposed.
  • Make sure the wrapping can be secured with wide ties, and tuck the edges of the material into the ends of the tube.
  • If your rug is being stored or wrapped for a long period of time, check it periodically. We recommend checking on your rug at least once every year or so, to make sure there is no damage (such as dampness, holes, moths, etc.).  If the wrapping has become damp, remove the cloth, and check if the rug has also become wet or damaged. If the rug is wet, it is best to call a professional to wash and dry your rug at this point. However, if only the cover has become damp, launder the cloth and/or change the cloth, then re-wrap your rug.  While the rug is out in the open, you can air it out in the sun.  Always check for color fastness before putting your rug in the sun. For example, some Chinese rugs with pastel colors fade in the sun. You can always call us if you have any questions about your rug.

If you are worried that you may not store your rug properly, contact us here at Behnam Rugs. We can roll the rug for you or even store it here in our Dallas showroom. Give us a call. Watch this video to see how to properly roll or roll and fold for storage.


Rug Storage: Costly Mistakes

Storage unitsCostly Rug Storage Mistakes

Storing your rug is generally a simple process. However, there are some things you should know and do when putting a fine rug in storage to ensure its longevity in the years to come.


The first mistake is not cleaning your rug before storing it. If you don’t have your rug professionally cleaned before storing it, you are likely storing a rug covered in dirt, dander, and stains that will attract moths and mice. In addition, the wool fibers in your rug contain an oil which keeps the fibers flexible. A dirty rug prevents oxygen from reaching the oil, resulting in a stiff and delicious rug for moths.

At the very least, vacuum the rug extensively without using the beater brush extension. Vacuum the front and back of the rug to remove all dirt particles and possible moths and eggs.

The next mistake is not wrapping your rug in cotton fabric or a piece of muslin. An unwrapped rug will become mice and moth fodder. Make sure to completely cover your rug, including the ends, so that mice cannot nest inside your rug.

Do not store your rug in a material that doesn’t breathe such as a plastic tarp or piece of paper, which moths love to eat. Your rug needs oxygen.

Make sure to roll your rug in the direction of the grain to minimize stress. You can determine this by feeling with your hand.

In addition, you should be storing your rug horizontally to protect the rug’s shape and on top of something so that it is not touching the floor. This prevents water damage and makes it harder for rodents and pests to get to your rug. Never fold your rug. This can lead to creases that don’t go away.

Another mistake is storing a wet rug. This will result in mold and eventual rotting of the rug fibers. So will storing a rug in a space with high humidity like a basement.

Make sure that the storage facility you select maintains a constant temperature. Fluctuations in temperature can cause damage. Choose a climate controlled storage unit.

Rugs do best in spaces that are dry and cool. If you choose, you may set moth and mice traps near the rug. Air circulation around the rug is important to prevent nesting.

Thoroughly clean the storage unit or space you have chosen to store the rug. Don’t leave any yummy dirt or cracks that mice could enter through.

Not checking on your rug every six months or so is the next mistake. You need to routinely check on your rug to make sure moths and carpet beetles aren’t making a meal of your rug. While you’re there, clean the space the rug is in and the rug itself, as dust has likely accumulated.

Choose an area with little to no sunlight. Direct light can fade the rug’s beautiful colors.

Finally, have your rug appraised before storing it. Behnam Rugs can do this for you. Take a photograph and get insurance based on the appraisal.

All these tips will make your rug last longer and prevent harm to it.

If you aren’t sure where to store your rug, trust the experts at Behnam Rugs. The storage facility at our 18000 Preston Road showroom provides the optimal conditions for your storing rug, as they are required to ensure the longevity of the rugs we display and sell. Call us at 972-733-0400 to discuss storing your rugs.

Rug Storage Tips

Proper Rug Storage

Four wrapped rugs
So you’ve decided to store your heirloom rug. It’s vital that you follow the advice outlined below to ensure your rug retains its value and doesn’t fall victim to mice, moths, water, or temperature damage.

An improperly stored rug can become a breeding ground for hungry and destructive moths. There are a few tips you should follow if you are preparing to store your precious rug. Choosing not to follow these tips can result in a damaged rug that needs costly repairs or even the complete destruction of your rug.

The first thing you’ll want to do is have your rug washed and cleaned professionally. It may seem like a waste to clean a rug that’s going into storage, but a dirty rug poses a multitude of risks.
Next, make sure to store your rug in a dry, climate controlled space. Both extreme heat and extreme cold can cause a variety of issues.

Once you have selected a spot to store your rug(s), thoroughly clean the space. Sweep, vacuum, and if you have access to an electric leaf blower, blast the area, especially nooks and crannies where pests may be hiding.

Once your rug and the storage area are clean, you’re ready to store your rug. Use a bed sheet or muslin to wrap your rug completely so that no moths can get in and damage the rug. Why wrap it in bed sheets and cotton fabrics? The wool, silk, and cotton fibers your rug is made of need oxygen in order to survive.

Never wrap your rug in plastic or paper. Moths eat paper and plastic doesn’t breathe, resulting in condensation that leads to mold, changes the colors of the rug, and imparts a musty smell.

You will probably want to wrap your rug around a cardboard cylinder so that it has no trouble standing up if it’s stored in a small space. It is always a good idea to store rugs in a roll elevated from the floor. Make sure to store your rug vertically.

Next, inspect your rug and its covering for dampness. If your covering has become damp, remove it immediately and find a new cover for the rug. If you’re vigilant about checking your storage area, it’s likely that a moist rug covering will not have had time to dampen and damage your rug.

If you want to be extra safe, install a few moth and mouse traps around your rug in its storage area as a preventative measure. We highly recommend a rug in storage be opened outside every two to three years for direct sunlight to penetrate both the front and back sides of your rug. This kills bacteria and any moths or eggs that have latched on to your rug. Vacuuming the front and back at this time improves longevity as well.

Finally, don’t forget about your rug! Check the storage area frequently for dust and debris that can attract moths, mice, squirrels, and termites. The oils and protein in your rug fibers make a nutritious meal for these pests.

And there you have it! Everything you should do to store your rug and prevent damage. Following these tips will result in a rug that retains its value over time.

Behnam Rugs offers free advice if you’re not sure where or how to store your fine rug. We also offer rug wrapping services and sell moth traps. Call 972-733-0400 for more information.

Check out the rug wrapping process below:

Wrapping a rug in sheets

Wrapping a rug in sheets

Wrapping a rug in sheets


2019 Dallas Tornado Damage: What to do and How to Prepare for Future Storms

Tornado Destroyed Home2019 Dallas Tornado Damage: Saving Your Rugs

Nearly two weeks after the devastating tornadoes hit we are still receiving calls about rugs trapped under debris. If you need an asset recovery assessment, we work with insurance to settle damaged rugs. As part of our service we do free evaluations and appraisals for your insurance company for damage due to the 2019 Dallas area tornadoes.

Behnam Rugs is sharing storm preparation tips to keep your fine rugs safe from damage in the future. Following these preventative measures will hopefully mean you don’t have to use home owner’s insurance to replace your rug.

The first thing you’ll want to do is roll up your rugs and put them somewhere at least 10 inches above the floor. If you live in a two story house, move the rugs upstairs.

If you can, store the rugs in a windowless room. Wrap the rugs in plastic for the time being (never keep your rugs in plastic for an extended period of time). Keep the rug vertical wherever you choose to store it, as other methods lead to creases.

Take photographs of all the things you own for insurance purposes. Behnam Rugs can evaluate your rug from a picture if it is trapped in your home.

Seal or cover window frames so that water and debris have a harder time getting in.

Elevate anything that could rust. Unplug appliances and move them several feet from the ground.

Place furniture tabs under furnishings so that they don’t bleed into carpet or mark the floor.

Remember, if you choose not to move your area rug to higher ground, it will become a sponge that generates mold and mildew within 48 hours.

If you rug suffers water damage, clean and extract the water within 24-48 hours to avoid mold and color runs. Some antique rugs and rugs that use vegetable dye are less likely to experience color running. If your rug has been exposed to water for longer than 48 hours, you will need to take it to a professional for cleaning and mold removal before the fibers rot.

When the rug lays on the floor while storm water courses over it, it acts as a filter and debris goes deep into the rug’s foundation before the water runs off. This debris becomes trapped and must be removed by a professional.

The first thing you need to do if your rug gets wet is dry it. Remove the water and then use fans to air it out.

Or, take the wet rug to Behnam Rugs as soon as possible for immediate washing.

It is not always possible to save rugs with water damage, but Behnam Rugs will do their best to salvage your fine rug if it does get wet. First we extract the water and dry the rug, then we wash it and dry it again.Remember, timing is key. Dry a wet rug as soon as possible to increase the chances of rescuing the rug. Call 972-733-0400.

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