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What Happens When a Carpet Cleaner Washes a Rug?

Time and time again, customers walk into Persian Rug Cleaner with a beautiful piece that has lost much of its value. The culprit is usually carpet cleaners.

As many of you have probably experienced, when carpet cleaners come to clean your carpets and notice a handmade rug, they are quick to tell you that they clean rugs as well and it would be no trouble to clean your fine rug.

Recently, a couple came in with a pair of rugs with extensive damage. The husband had fallen for the carpet cleaner’s promise that they could clean rugs, specifically $40,000 pure silk Persian rugs, as well as carpets, much the the dismay of his wife, who knew better.

These companies often claim to know everything about fine handmade rugs, and assert that they clean them all the time. While it’s true that they could clean the rugs, it’s clear that doesn’t mean they should!

In just two weeks after cleaning, the fringes of their beautiful Persian rug completely unraveled. It was obvious that the destruction was tied to the “cleaning” perpetrated by the carpet cleaner. We won’t say who cleaned their valuable pieces and ruined them, but we will say it was one of the leading carpet cleaners in the area.

Never never never trust a carpet cleaner to wash a handmade rug. The methods and chemicals they use are made for artificial fibers, essentially nylon. You can imagine how bad this kind of method is for a rug made of delicate natural fibers such as wool or silk. Would you clean your hair with the same chemicals you clean your car with? Of course not! Hair is much more delicate and made of a completely different material. The material is what dictates what cleaners you should use on an item.

Rugs are works of art made by hand. The machines used by carpet cleaners for carpets are much too rough on the fragile foundation of fine rugs and can cause your rug to unravel, which is exactly what happened to that couple, unfortunately. Only trust your rug to professionals who specialize in cleaning rugs by hand. Your rug should not be cleaned at your own home. Professional rug cleaning requires your rug to be taken to a specialized facility.

In addition, carpet cleaners typically leave soap inside your rug without rinsing it out. This causes materials like silk to lose their luster, while at the same time becoming cumbersome and stiff. The cleaners they use can even cause color fading and stains.

As we have seen in the past, unprofessional rug washing leads to fringe and binding damage, color bleeding, and harms texture of the rug fibers. If you have allowed a carpet cleaner to wash your rugs, call Persian Rug Cleaner immediately for a consultation to remove the soap and cleaners undoubtedly left within the pile of your rug before they cause further harm.

We use only the safest of organic shampoos and natural enzymes. Our hand washing method is machine free and passed down through generations from Old Persia.

Luckily for the couple that brought their damaged pure silk Persian rug in, Persian Rug Cleaner was able to reweave the fringes and restore them. However, the methods for doing so are expensive due to the amount of manual labor involved and the value of the rug will never be the same. Allowing a carpet cleaner to wash your rug causes the rug to lose a great portion of its value. It would be better yet to not let a carpet cleaner wash your rugs to begin with.

When it comes to cleaning fine handmade rugs, experience matters. Trust the experts at Persian Rug Cleaner for generations of expertise, knowledge, and care.

4 Ways Owning a Persian Rug Makes You a Better Person

If you’re thinking of purchasing a fine, hand-made Persian or Oriental rug, consider this:

Doing so undoubtedly will make you a better person!

How so? Well, we’ve come up with four ways owning one – or more! – of these textile works of art makes you a better person. Take a look below.

  1. You’ll need to research the history of Persian and Oriental rugs so that you can identify a genuine hand-knotted rug.

Doing so will help you understand what makes these rugs so valuable. You’ll also have a greater understanding of the rugs’ designs and weaving techniques. You’ll also have a greater knowledge of the history of the Middle, Near, and Far East regions of the planet – certainly a good thing in and of itself.

  1. You’ll be more attuned to great art and craftsmanship everywhere.

Have you or a friend ever purchased a car, for example, that you’d never before really heard of and then, once the car is in your life in some way, you then see that same make and model everywhere?

The same goes for noticing fine works of art more, as well as appreciating the craftsmanship that goes into well-made, or well-designed furniture, cars, homes, landscapes, etc. Because you’ve had something of a short course in fine textile design, you’ll notice true artistry all around you when you see it.

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Buy a hand-knotted Persian or Oriental rug, and you’ll undoubtedly grow as an individual

  1. You may even start to buy “only the best,” because you’ve discovered the extra cost truly is worth it.

No more “fast fashion” for you. No more fast food. No more cutting corners to save a few pennies. Instead, you’ve come to appreciate and understand that quality and fine construction almost always trumps the fast and convenient because the quality is more beautiful, tastes better, and lasts longer.

  1. You just appreciate “the details” more and you find yourself slowing down to enjoy them.

These rugs are incredibly detailed in their designs, their colors, and the amount of artistry and time it takes to create them. As you learned about the history behind classic rug designs, you more than likely looked – really looked – at their details.

So now when a gorgeous sunset strikes you, you stop what you’re doing and look at it to notice its details. A starry night gob-smacks you with the incredible immensity of the sky’s vastness. Your child’s clear hazel eyes become fascinating (“I never knew his lashes were so long”), and so on.

Keep the details of your gorgeous rug as beautiful as they were the day you brought the rug home by having it regularly professionally cleaned. Contact Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas at 972-447-9600.

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Questions to Ask a Persian Rug Cleaner

When it’s time to get your Persian or Oriental rug professionally cleaned (we suggest every four to five years), you’re going to want to make sure the rug cleaner understands the special cleaning needs of these beautiful woven works of art.

We suggest again a Rug Company that specializes in rug cleaning, not the carpet cleaning company you hire for your wall-to-wall carpet cleaning to wash your Persian/Oriental rug. Again you need to make sure the cleaning company has experience cleaning these types of hand-knotted rugs.

Take a look below at some of the questions we feel you should ask every Persian/Oriental rug cleaning company before you hand over your valuable rug.

Questions to ask Persian rug cleaner

  • Does the company do the washing itself, or does it send the rug elsewhere? You should look for a company that does all cleaning on its own premises – it has better control of the quality of the cleaning that way.
  • If the cleaning company says it does clean rugs at their facility, ask if you can tour the cleaning area. This does two things, it proves that the company cleans the rugs on its premises and you’ll be able to see the hand-washing process for yourself.
  • Many Oriental/Persian rugs are quite large and therefore quite heavy. Does the cleaning company offer free pickup and delivery of your rug, or do you have to get it there yourself? Rugs can be so heavy and unwieldy that it could be well worth it to have the company pick it up/return it and, as we do, reinstall your rugs with proper padding, even if there’s a charge for the service.
  • If the company picks up and delivers, will it move your furniture for you, roll the rug up and then reverse the procedure when returning the rug?
  • What kind of quality control does the company have within its cleaning processes? Is it written down? May you read it? Do you receive a copy of the agreement?
  • Rinsing the rug of all cleaning residue is critical. Does the cleaning company rinse the rug thoroughly (this will take several rinsing sessions) until all cleaning residue is completely gone?
  • A very important question to ask is whether the company inspects the rug carefully before starting to clean it. This helps the company determine the best cleaning process to use depending on a rug’s particular issues and condition.
  • Does the company have experienced repair and restoration experts on staff to make repairs, etc.? Many pre-cleaning inspections discover damage and cosmetic issues, so having experts on staff to fix these problems as part of the cleaning process can mean your rug will return to you cleaner as well as in better condition than before its cleaning.
  • How does the rug cleaning company dry your rug?  We lay rugs flat to dry so as to maintain the shape of your rug, keep colors from running, and help remove any unwanted smells from your rugs.

If you need your rug cleaned, bring it to the rug cleaning experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Contact us by calling 972-447-9600.

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Displaying Your Persian Rug on a Wall

Not everyone wants to place a Persian or Oriental rug on the floor: some people prefer to showcase it as a work of art on a wall.

If you’d like to show off your rug on a wall, read below for tips on how to do so for the best effect as well as to protect your rug.

  • Before hanging, decide which wall you will use. It should be a wall that’s not in direct sunlight, as the sun’s rays can fade the vegetable dyes used in the rug’s yarns over time. If you must place it in direct sunlight, place UV filters on the windows
  • Make sure no metal brackets, nails, staples, wires, etc. (anything metal) will come in contact with the rug because moisture in the air that comes in contact with the metal eventually will cause the rug to corrode.

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Your Persian or Oriental rug is a true work of art. Why not showcase it by hanging it on a wall in your home?

  • The same goes for hanging the rug over a heater or vent – the rug’s fibers can become brittle and dry out. You also should keep the rug away from humidifiers; they eventually can cause mildew
  • Don’t hang your rug on a wall of uncovered wood because the wood’s acidity can stain the rug. If you must hang the rug on a wood wall, stitch unbleached and unstarched muslin on the part of the rug that will touch the wall. You also can seal the wood with urethane
  • If your rug is old/weak or is a silk rug, mount it on a full-frame. Hanging the rug from the top and letting it hang “freely” will eventually cause the weight of the rug to stretch the rug out.

If your rug isn’t too large (no longer than five feet long and four feet wide) you can hang it using a sleeve and rod mounting.

When it comes to actually hanging the rug, follow these steps:

  • You will need to measure the height of the wall and the length of the rug. If the rug is a lot shorter than the wall is high, find a spot that’s as close to the vertical middle of the wall as possible.
  • You will then need to find two studs in the wall in which to install your brackets. The studs are much stronger than most wall materials used today and so they will hold the rug safely and securely without damaging the wall.
  • You now drill screws into the wall and install the brackets. Use a level to make sure the brackets are level/even.
  • To test the brackets, hang the carpet rod on them without the rug. Use the level again to make sure the ends of the bracket are level. Adjust as necessary.
  • Purchase a rod sleeve (make sure it has fabric hanging it from it; this is what you will attach the carpet to).
  • Sew the carpet to the rod sleeve’s hanging portions. It’s best to use cotton or linen carpet thread. You may want a professional rug dealer or rug cleaner to do this for you.
  • Slide the rod into the sleeve that’s sewn to your rug and hang it on the wall.

If you wonder if your rug is in condition to be hung from a wall, contact the experts at Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  Contact us at 972-447-9600.

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Famous Persian Rugs

Fine weavers and artists have been creating Persian rugs for centuries (for at least 2,500 years. These textile works of art can last decades – even centuries – so it’s not surprising that there are a few “famous” Persian rugs.

Read below for a handful of them.

Two carpets created in the 16th century (around 1539-40) make up the pair of carpets singly known as the Ardabil Carpet.

One carpet is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with the smaller of the two in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The carpet in London is 34 ½ x 17 ½ feet, which means it has about 26 million knots in total.

The rugs are highly regarded in part because of the deliberate use of graphical perspective in that the rugs depict (among other things) two lamps at either end. The lamps are of different sizes; however, if one looks at the rug from the end with the smaller lamp, the lamps appear to be the same size.

The larger carpet arrived in London in 1893 pretty much in shreds and so the smaller of the two (the one now in Los Angeles) was later “sacrificed” in order to restore the other (the “sacrificed” no longer has a border and has some of its field missing).

The Ardabil Carpet’s design is so popular that several other Persian rugs have the same design. Wikipedia.com reports that there’s an “Ardabil” at 10 Downing Street in London. Hitler also was said to have an “Ardabil” in his Berlin office.

Another famous rug, the Pazyryk Carpet is believed to be the oldest extant Persian rug (although a few experts dispute this.) Discovered during an archeological dig in the 1940s, the rug is believed to be at least 2,000 years old. It’s now housed in St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum.

One of the largest carpets in the world is the “Carpet of Wonder” located in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat (in the Sultanate of Oman). This carpet – finished in 2001 – measures 4,343 square meters (almost 14,300 square feet). It took 600 workers four years to create (or 12 million man-hours).

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The “Carpet of Wonder”.

Sotheby’s auction house in New York City in 2013 sold an antique Persian rug for $34,000,000. The rug – which is predominately red and featured (according to Sotheby’s) a “sickle-leaf, vine scroll and palmette ‘vase’-technique” was created in the 17th century. At 8’9” x 6’5” the rug wasn’t large at all (about the size of rug to be placed under a four-person dining room table).

When you want your modern or antique Persian or Oriental rug cleaned properly – bring it to Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  We hand wash all of our rugs, ensuring their safety and thorough cleaning. Contact us by calling 972-447-9600.

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Should You Buy an Antique Persian Rug?

Many people love the beauty of a Persian rug so much they become collectors in that they buy several rugs during their lifetime, probably eventually moving on to purchasing one or more antique Persian rugs.

An antique Persian rug may or may not be more expensive as a new rug.

Mr. Behnam loves appraising rug customers’ finds at estate and garage sales and surprising customers with the true value of their finds! He also says with a little rug knowledge you can be even more successful with your purchase. ( Read more rug tips here–> http://www.behnamrugs.com/dallas-rug-cleaning-blog/ )

Where you purchase your rug, the maintenance and care of the rugs and if the sellers are reputable dealers are big factor when buying a rug, Mr. Behnam says. Also based on your rug knowledge he suggest checking if the rug is priced correct with correct information, like is the rug really an antique rug? After all these questions you can then ask yourself, do I love the quality, design and craftsmanship of the rug?

Read below for the pros and cons of purchasing an antique Persian or Oriental rug.

  • Unlike furniture and paintings, a rug isn’t considered to be truly vintage until it’s at least 50 years old.
  • Rug prices can vary widely especially when they are being considered antiques. You should focus on the rugs’ quality, size (large size Persian rug cost more and true antique Persian/ Oriental rugs will cost even more.) Its condition (the more restoration the rug needs the less expensive it will be to purchase.) Older antique rugs will probably be more expensive but age is only one factor to consider (unless it’s from the 1900 or earlier)

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Whether antique or not, a Persian rug can add warmth to a filled with sleek and spare styled furniture.

  • Color is a factor with used rugs. Rugs that are 1-30years old that have trendy colors do not have any extra resell value and can be purchased from an individual for very little money. Or often sold on Craigslist.
  • Because trends come and go, a certain look, color or design in an antique rug also can determine its price today. If the antique rug’s design is “in” right now, it probably will cost more than a rug of the same vintage, wear and craftsmanship that doesn’t possess the of-the-moment design.
  • As for modern handmade rugs, they often can be found in colors that veer from the traditional indigo and crimson backgrounds.
  • A type of rug “look” is called antique reproduction and the look is completed by using hand twisted wool yarn, and being made with vegetable dyes, and special hand stone wash to distress the look and leave the rug with a much lighter weight /higher body. Often these rugs are herb washed, sulfur steam bathed or kept under the desert sand or underground  dirt to create an aged, distress and mystique look.
  • Most Persian rugs made today are made with chemical dyes (instead of the traditional vegetable dyes). The better of these dyes tend to have colors that stay fast longer (they don’t fade as quickly, in other words) and they don’t bleed.
  • As you wonder whether to purchase a vintage or modern rug, remember that an vintage rug is an antique and therefore will be more delicate than a modern rug. If you have young children and pets at home, an antique rug may not be the best choice for you and your family.

If you have an antique l rug you need cleaned or restored, bring it to the carpet cleaning experts at Persian Rug Cleaners. We use traditional and meticulous rug cleaning methods.

Stop by between 9-5:30 Monday through Saturday or give us a call at 972-447-9600.

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