Oriental Rug Education Dallas

Behnam Rugs for Oriental Rug Education

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 shopping 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 rug or synthetic silk rug.  We also explain the rug washing, rug restoration, rug appraisals, pet damage, and 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 that 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 Differences Between Silk and Wool Persian Rugs

The Differences Between Silk and Wool Persian Rugs

If you are thinking about buying a hand-woven Persian or Oriental rug, you may be unsure about what kind of rug to purchase. Should you buy one made of silk or made of wool? Here are a few things to keep in mind about each of these materials as you make your decision.

Silk fiber is more valuable than wool, and so hand-made Persian rugs made of silk can be quite a bit more expensive than those made from wool.

Silk rugs have more of a shine to them. Wool, on the other hand, is more subdued, has a more flat appearance. Wool rugs do not stand out as much as silk rugs. But both types of rugs come in many different designs and colors and textures.

The design of silk rugs is usually more intricate than it is on wool rugs. That is because silk, being a finer material, allows more knots per square inch than other types of rugs. So, you get a design that is more defined.

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A Qum silk Persian rug.

Wool rugs generally have about 100 to 300 knots per square inch. A rug made completely of silk, on the other hand, would generally have about 300 to 600 knots per square inch. Because there are more knots, it usually takes three or four times as long to weave a silk rug, making a more intricate pattern. As a result, the price is usually three to four times a wool rug.

Some silk rugs can have up to 1,000 knots per square inch, but these are rare.

Wool rugs hold up better than silk rugs over time because the material is not as delicate as silk. Plus, wool rugs handle spills and stains better. You can pretty much put them anywhere in the house because they can bear the foot traffic.

Silk rugs, however, are another story. Natural Silk is more delicate, and so you need to be careful where you put them. They should not be used in areas where there is a lot of foot traffic. You can also see the dirt on them much more easily than with wool rugs. They are more often used as wall hangings than on the floor.

Silk is also not quite as strong as wool. Wool is very strong – you can fold it up to 20,000 times before it will break. Silk will last about 8,000 folds. However, silk rugs do retain their shape better than wool. Also, silk does not rot to the degree of cotton, which is used as a foundation for many wool rugs. As a result, many of the world’s oldest rugs are silk.

We have many fine, hand-knotted wool and silk rugs here in our Behnam Rugs’ Dallas showroom soon. Call us at 972-733-0400 to learn more about these textile works of art.

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