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 known 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. It’s a square and rectangle situation.

  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 the condition it’s in could make it more valuable than a new rug of comparable design. Some antique rugs can hold value even if they are in fairly bad shape (in need of considerable restoration and 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 if the rug is handmade.

The reason is that machine-made rugs (even hand-tufted rugs, which use a 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 thread to create the rug’s design. Each knot is tied so tightly that the rug’s design “shows through” on 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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How Mice can Destroy Your Rug

Mice DamageMouse Damage and Your Fine Rug

Fine rugs are an investment many hope to pass down to their children and grandchildren. That’s why it’s so important to care for your rug properly. Improper storage can lead to disaster. Customers come to Behnam Rugs all the time with rugs that have damage caused by mice.

Is Damage Caused by Mice Fixable?

Yes, damage caused by mice can be fixed by the master weavers at Behnam Rugs. If your rug has holes in it made by small animals chewing, bring it to our experts for evaluation of the degree of damage. We also treat stains and odors with a traditional washing method utilizing enzymes and organic shampoos for odor elimination.

Mice love rugs because they can use the fibers to build their nests and chew to sharpen their teeth. They chew and tear indiscriminately, and can cause extensive damage quite quickly. Your gorgeous family heirloom can easily become mouse fodder if stored improperly.

This blog will explain how rodents damage rugs and gives a few tips on storing your rugs to avoid these pests.

When a mouse shreds a rug it is often creating nesting material, especially if the rug is rolled and has empty space in the middle. Mice love to use the dark, soft hiding place in the middle of rolled rugs for nesting. If your rug has been shredded for nesting material, that means a female mouse was damaging your rug. This is troubling because it indicates a pregnant mouse, which means more mice and more damage.

If you are unsure if you have a mouse problem, look for nests. Dark, warm spaces close to food and water are the best places to look. Nests are often in hidden areas like walls and underneath clutter. When a mouse is interrupted from building their nest because you have found it and disposed of it, the mouse will run away and build again.

Another indicator of these pests is spoor. Mice droppings are typically black and ¼ of an inch long depending on the size of the mouse. These droppings and urine can damage your rug and make it smell to high heaven. It is important to clean up droppings safely because of the risks of hantavirus and other illnesses. Always wear gloves when cleaning up droppings.

Spray the droppings first with hydrogen peroxide and then white vinegar to kill 99% of bacteria. Pick them up with a paper towel and throw them away. Then clean the area with disinfectant. Afterwards, wash your hands with soap and water.

So what should you do when you find a nest?

Once the mice are gone, burn the nest or dispose or it safely in some other manner. Then, clean out any available debris that a new nest could be created from. If you’re not confident in your removal methods, call a licensed pest control technician to do it for you.

Rodents are especially attracted to dirty rugs. That is why it’s so important to clean your rug professionally every three to five years. The dirt and fibers provide a nutritious, attractive meal to these pests.

Preventative measures can ensure that rodents don’t have access to your rugs. First, remove any food sources from the area around your rug (this is especially important for storage!). Clean, clean, clean the area. Make sure to get the dirt in the cracks and crannies. Seal openings that a mouse could get its head through. They only need about a ¼ of an inch wide opening.

If your rug is already damaged, or you know that mice have made it inside your home, traps and poison are the way to go. We recommend traps, as a poisoned mouse may crawl off and die somewhere hard to reach and make a stink.

Make sure to check traps daily. Place the traps in strategic areas like known entry points 8 to 12 feet apart. When storing your rug, make sure that the rug is not resting on the floor. Keeping rugs elevated make it harder for these pests to make a meal or nest of your rug.

Mice store their food when you have an infestation. House mice are most active at night when the people of the house are sleeping. They have poor eyesight and are sensitive to bright lights. Instead of relying on their vision, they use their sense of touch and smell to find their way around, allowing them to navigate in the dark with ease. Be aware that anything made of plastic, paper, or cardboard can be chewed through easily.

Finally, call Behnam Rugs if your rug has been stained or damaged by mice.

We have seen lots of rugs get damaged by rodents when they are stored in rental storage facilities, especially ones near bodies of water. Rodents must have access to water and food such as human trash and food found in nature like nuts and seeds. If your rug needs attention due to mice damage, our skilled technicians will repair and wash your rug in no time! Give us at call at 972-733-0400.

Oriental Rug Education Dallas

Behnam Rugs for Oriental Rug Education

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 shopping and the go-to design showroom with thousands of handmade oriental rugs at your disposal.

Behnam Rugs Events

Behnam Rugs ongoing lecture seriesOver 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 products and how people can make educated decisions not only to buy rugs and design their homes but also to recognize and provide correct rug care for their priceless rugs. We also explain rug washing, rug restoration, rug appraisals, pet damage, and the pet odor removal process. Watch out for our announcements on WRR Classical 101.1. 

Behnam Rugs has a state-of-the-art rug washing and rug restoration center that makes Behnam one of the largest facilities in the USA. Every year we settle hundreds of insurance claims for water, flood damage, & fire damage in the Dallas, Fort Worth area. Call us today at 972-733-0400.


Is it an Antique Tapestry or a Replica?

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!

If you have a rug you would like to learn more about, get appraised, or washed, call 972-733-0400.

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 breathe 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. Call 972-733-0400 to schedule repairs or cleaning.