Oriental Rug Education Dallas

Behnam Rugs for Oriental Rug Education

by Rassin R. | January 19, 2019

Are you seeking Oriental Rug education?

Behnam Rugs of Dallas is the number one place to gain rug education and rug solutions. We welcome our community to drop by and ask questions. We are here to educate and help people with their rug challenges. Since 1978, Behnam Rugs has been a trusted household name in Persian and Oriental rug cleaning in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  We promote education and professionalism in our community. We are your source of rug boutique and the go-to design showroom with thousands of handmade oriental rugs at your disposal.

Behnam Rugs Events

Over the past forty years, proprietor Ben Tavakolian’s pioneering family business has become well known for its dynamic, ever-expanding inventory.  We host a series of rug events at our showroom to educate the next generation of designers and our community about our product and how people can make educated decisions not only to buy rugs and design their homes, but also how to recognize and provide correct rug care for their priceless rugs, and to understand how to tell a pure silk from a viscose rayon silk rugs or synthetic silk rug apart.  We also explain the rug washing, rug restoration, rug appraisals, pet damage, pet odor removal process. Watch out for our announcements on WRR

Also visit our online Press Release about our upcoming event on March 16, 2019, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at our showroom on 18000 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252.

Behnam Rugs has a state of art rug washing and rug restoration center at Behnam Rugs building makes Behnam one of the largest facilities in the USA. Every year we settle hundreds of insurance claims for water and flood damage & fire damage in Dallas, Fort Worth area. Also for more information on our Rug Care Essentials, please visit our page. 

Please visit our site BehnamRugs.com or stop by our showroom map at 18000 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75252, or simply give us a call at (972) 733-0400.

 

The Art of Rug-Reweaving

Do you have a Persian rug that needs reweaving?

By Rassin R.  |  December 24, 2018

Behnam Rugs explains, Persian Rug Weaving and Oriental Rug reweaving are interchangeable terms that essentially mean the same. Persian rug weaving is a process of creating textile by interlacing threads. The initial rug weaving is done on a loom, a frame like piece of equipment that holds two types of threads.

  1. Warp threads that run vertically, attached to the loom frame and held in tension.
  2. Weft threads run horizontally and are interlaced with warp threads.

Depending on what type of rug it is, the warps can either be natural silk, cotton, or wool. The wefts also can be natural silk, cotton, or wool. In that case the rug is a “silk on silk rug”, or “silk on wool rug”, or “wool on silk rug” or “silk on wool rug” or “cotton on wool”, or “wool on cotton”, or “cotton on silk”, and rarely cotton on cotton.

However, Persian Rug Weaving is more like a Persian rug repair. The Warps and Wefts will be repaired by an expert Rug weaver. Behnam Rugs is a go-to design resource since 1978. We provide Persian rug cleaning, Oriental rug repair, Oriental rug restoration, hand wash silk rugs, Persian rug repair, Persian rug reweaving, Persian fine silk rug repairs, rug restoration, and rug stain removal, enzyme wash for pet owners, rug delivery, and rug installation services.  If you have any questions, please call us at (972) 733-0400. If you are interested in our Rug Care Essential tips, please visit our page:

Rug Care Essentials

Antique Tapestry or Replica?

You may be asking yourself what kinds of long-lost wonders you could find in a Persian rug gallery after watching a certain CBS special. The special, “Long-Lost King Henry VIII Tapestry Found in NYC Rug Gallery?” covered the discovery of a tapestry believed to have belonged to King Henry VIII himself. Our very own Behnam Tavakolian gives his expert opinion on this news.

Behnam Rugs Tapestry CBS News
The tapestry believed to have belonged to King Henry VIII.

“I am not surprised to see a lost treasure has been found somewhere far away from its home and origin. Persian rugs, fine tapestries, and valuable textiles are often silently moved because they are easy to transfer. They are then hidden for years. It has happened once again; still, they hold their original value tremendously. The recent discovery of a long lost King Henry VIII tapestry in a Persian rug gallery in New York is no exception.

I have seen this often through the years of being in business. People bring in their family treasures, rugs, and tapestries for evaluation and restoration and are totally surprised when we tell them how old and how valuable some of their pieces are.”

One recent example is The Zucker family tapestry. Check out our blog post on that tapestry to see its transformation and restoration.

The process starts when a family member ask us to evaluate their grandparents’ rugs after inheriting it, and then request for us to properly take care of it. We appraise and restore hundreds of inherited rugs a year, and we always educate the  rug owners on how to properly care for their family heirlooms, ensuring that their rugs also last generations.

Mr. Tavakolian’s personal opinion of this “long- lost tapestry”, after watching a video of it and seeing pictures, is that this tapestry is a replica. It has been copied from the original design, in material, size, color, and workmanship.

The market was flooded with tapestries during the 1980s to the early 2000s.  Persian rug importers, with the help of Persian Rug designers from Iran, went into China to utilize inexpensive labor and produced millions of reproductions of fine tapestries. French tapestry makers also made lots of replicas of original tapestries in the late 1800s to early 1900s in France.

This tapestry has to be over four hundred years old to have belonged to King Henry VIII.  Even if it was only stored, the materials, hand crafted from silk,  cotton, and wool, would have become more oxidized and very fragile due to their organic properties.  Still, this could be the King Henry VIII tapestry if it was kept in a controlled climate storage with the  temperature, airflow, and humidity all regulated. The best way to determine the age of any masterpiece is by performing a complete fiber test.

How did King Henry VIII’s tapestry from the palace of Hampton Court of England end up at the Persian Rug Gallery in New York? You never know, maybe someone dropped it off for repairs and never picked it back up!

Last Updated: 26 August 2017

French Tapestry Rug Restoration by Behnam Rugs

French Tapestry Rug Restoration

This beautiful French Abuson tapestry depicts a scenic country side with a French home and watermill in the background and a large tree with greenery and birds in the foreground. It is made of wool, cotton, and silk threads. Behnam Rugs hand washed this rug in 2014.

The rug was stored for over 50 years. It was not stored correctly and did not get a chance to breath every few months as we suggest.

The rug was dirty and dusty. Its natural fibers were decaying and separating.

Behnam Rugs restored this amazing piece to museum quality restoration!

Behnam Rugs provides Persian rug repair services, too.

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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