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How to Determine if Rug Repair is Worthwhile by Brian Benzel

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Determine if Rug Repair is Worthwhile by Brian Benzel

One of the first things we do when looking at the potential repair/restoration of a rug, is determining whether or not the repair is worthwhile. The value of a piece can be discerned in a multitude of ways: perhaps you need a replacement value, an insured value, a fair market value, or other usually insurance policy related value. These numbers are subjective to a degree, but they are all quantifiable. You can generate a hard number to use as a basis for determining the worth of getting a repair done.

However, there is one value that can’t be so neatly defined: sentimental value. A client’s rug may be something that has no real value left due to extensive damage or wear, but sentimental value is something that can push an unrecommended repair into a reasonable prospect. In cases like these, repairs are often done just to preserve the look of the rug for as long as possible.

At Serafian’s Oriental Rugs, we try to be practical and economical in these instances. With countless ways to repair damage, we try to line our repairs up with a client’s budget. Some clients are willing to put money into more laborious and technical repairs, despite our recommendations due to rug value, while others just want the cheapest method available to add life to the rug. We often rely on the use of latex and machine serging to keep the price down and in a manageable place for clients.

We recently had a Meshed that’s value could only be described as sentimental. He remembered playing on the rug as a young child, and despite the obvious wear beyond reasonable restoration, he wanted to know if there was anything we could do to salvage it in any fashion. Together we decided that cutting the rug down would be the best option, as the most damaged areas were nearer the perimeter.

We thoroughly cleaned both sides of the rug.
The rug brightened up significantly, but the exposed cottons from the foundation were now equally vibrant, diminishing the newly vibrant colors of the piece.

Examining what we could salvage, we decided on cutting down to a new perimeter that encompassed the whole of the central medallion. The rug is so worn on top, that we decided to flip the rug over, as it showed minimal damage on the back. Although traffic on the back side of a rug is typically a quick way to wear it out, the front had so much exposed warp and weft, that it was the safest route, along with the added benefit of being more aesthetically pleasing for the client.

We secured the edges with binding tape and latex to add a little strength, and then we serged all four edges to complete the look. We also saved the scraps for the client to possibly turn them into pillows in the future.

Although the original rug was too far gone to warrant preservation, our client was thrilled to have a “new” rug made from this piece from his childhood. We were able to keep the price down by using more cost effective methods to accommodate the client’s needs.
At Area Rug Cleaning Company, we do restorations for what some might consider a complete insurance loss on a handmade rug. Our expertise includes repairing damages from water, fire, insect, animals, and exposure to sun and ultraviolet rays. Arrangements may be made to receive rugs shipped to us from anywhere in the country. Do not hesitate to inquire about our repair service. (734) 973-2300

3 Ways to Decrease the Life of Your Heirloom Oriental Rug

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Decrease the Life of Your Heirloom Oriental Rug

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1. Skip the Rug Pad

A rug pad not only prevents your rug from slipping and sliding on your floor, it also helps to protect your rug. The pad prevents wrinkles. It also provides cushion to help protect the fibers from being weighted down. Depending on what kind of flooring, different pads will be needed.

2. Scrub Spills Vigorously

Oh no! Your guest spilled wine on your Persian rug. As a savvy homeowner, you know that you should always clean spills immediately to avoid stains. So you grab the scrubbing brush and attack that spill with all your might.

Never ever do this.

While cleaning spills is important, using the best technique matters just as much. Heirloom rugs are delicate and require a gentle hand when cleaning. Scrubbing vigorously will ruin the fibers and even wear a hole in your carpet. Instead, gently dab or blot at the spill with a clean cloth, then take the rug to a professional cleaner to handle the rest.

3. Skip Yearly Professional Washing

You may not think about having your rug professionally cleaned, after all you vacuum it weekly. While that is great for superficial cleaning, a professional rug cleaning is going to do a lot more for your rug than a simple vacuuming. Professional rug washing allows your rug to get a thorough inspection of the fibers and knots. Spotting issues early can offset the cost to repair damage later.

Taking precautions can increase the longevity of your rug. If you have any questions about how to care for your rugs, please call Area Rug Cleaning Company at (734) 973-2300 and we would be happy to help with your family heirloom.

Rugs of the World – Mashad | Area Rug Cleaning Company Ann Arbor MI

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Rugs of the World – Mashad | Area Rug Cleaning Company Ann Arbor MI


Mashad rugs are knotted in eastern Iran. The city of Mashhad has long been one of the centres for production of famous Persian carpets. It is also one of the oldest centres of carpet weaving.Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 9.25.46 AM

Mashhad rugs and carpets are mostly curvilinear with a single central medallion, corner floral designs and very busy floral motifs in the background.868

Dark red, blue and khaki are the main colours in Mashhad carpets. Weavers in Mashad use Persian knots. You should check the back of the carpet because the quality of the rug depends upon the number of knots, which can vary.Screen Shot 2016-09-07 at 9.27.36 AM

At Area Rug Cleaning Company, we gently clean your treasured heirloom rugs with professional attention and care. Our thorough rug cleaning process can handle the smallest of rugs to the largest size of carpet from around the world.

Back To School – Start With Professional Rug Cleaning | Area Rug Cleaning Company Ann Arbor MI

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Back To School – Start With Professional Rug Cleaning | Area Rug Cleaning Company Ann Arbor MI

Now that the kids are back to school and a “normal” schedule starts to fall into place, it’s time to turn attention to parts of the house that have been neglected. With summer barbeques & playing children bringing in dirt and grime almost to an end, start by having your rugs professionally cleaned. Beautiful, clean rugs are easier to enjoy throughout the colder weather months and will help to ease allergies as the house is more closed up at this time of the year.

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At Area Rug Cleaning Company, we provide complete fine area rug repair and cleaning to extend the life and value of your investment or family heirloom! We take pride in our craftsmanship and our ability to provide you with excellent customer service.

Contact us today to see how we can help!

Rugs of the World – Tabriz | Area Rug Cleaning Company

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Rugs of the World – Tabriz | Area Rug Cleaning Company

Persia (or Iran) have long been the center for weaving innovation in the Middle East. A huge variety of rug types, qualities, and traditions come from this diverse country. Among the most famous and highest quality Persian Rugs are Tabriz. Tabriz is a major city in the Northwestern, Azerbaijan region of Iran, very close to the Caspian Sea. Even from Tabriz a large number of rugs have been created. Today, we are going to go over the most common three Tabriz rugs, Mahi, Nachsche, and Taba.

Mahi Tabriz are by far the most sought after and traditional of Tabriz carpets. There are three main parts to this pattern, the overarching pattern, the detailed field pattern, and the border. Each has its own story. The overarching design is a simple medallion pattern that starts in the center of the rug and emanates outward. This part of the design represents the concentric circles formed by dropping a pebble into a still pond.

Mahi Tabriz

Mahi Tabriz

For the more detailed field design, Mahi Tabriz uses a traditional Herati, or “fish”, pattern. This consists of a diamond with four opposing oak leaves. Continuing out from the oak leaves, the design repeats itself with the leaves mirroring their image around a small flower. This pattern represents a fisherman in his boat and two fish swimming around the reflection of the moon.

Herati Pattern

Herati Pattern

The third and final part of the design is the border, which can vary from one Mahi to the next, but most commonly uses the Sammovar pattern. Sometimes called the “Turtle and Crab” border, this border uses large floral motifs that look like and represent a swimming sea turtle and a crab’s claws.

Turtle and Crab border

Turtle and Crab border

While Mahi Tabriz can be done in a wide variety of qualities, most are woven using exceptional materials and have very high knot counts. As such, these rugs have earned themselves a reputation for being some of the best in the world.

One of the more popular types of Tabriz is known as Nachshe. Where some Tabriz rugs use small repeating motifs, Nachsche use more colorful, open, floral motifs. They typically have strong central medallions, long flowing tendrils (known as Islimi), and many groups of small flowers. Very commonly, silk is woven into these rugs as a highlight color. These rugs are almost always woven at very high knot counts, generally starting at 250 knots/inch and going as high as 500 knots/inch or more.

Nachshe approximately translates to “cartoon”, or “pattern” in English. Originally these rugs were being woven to emulate some of the motifs and design elements of European rugs. The people of Tabriz used hand drawn patterns or “cartoons” as their basis for this, hence the name, Nacshe. Today, the Iranian people have truly adopted this style into their weaving lexicon. In fact, Nacshe Tabriz may be the most popular type of rug sold in Iran.

Nacshe Tabriz

Nacshe Tabriz

Lastly we have Taba Tabriz. A type of rug that was developed and popularized in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Taba Tabriz are very distinctly different from their other Tabriz cousins. A typical color pallette for Taba consists of Ivory, Orange, and Mint Green. Most are woven more coarsely, with knot counts ranging from the mid eighties on up to around 150 knots/inch. They also tend to use wool that doesn’t hold up as well when compared to other Tabriz. During the 1970’s a lot of Taba were woven, so it is common to see them today. However, they tend to wear out more quickly and will likely not have the same longevity or long term value of other Tabriz. This is not to say that they are bad rugs, but rather that other, and in fact most, Tabriz rugs are exceptional.

Taba Tabriz

Taba Tabriz

Source: Serafian’s Oriental Rugs Newsletter dated 08/01/16

Tips on How to Care for your Oriental and Area Rugs

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Tips on How to Care for your Oriental and Area Rugs

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Rotation – To insure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.

Varying the Pathways – When furniture is placed on the rug, it creates a natural pathway that is used frequently. Move the furniture on the rug so walkways are changed. This will stop the damage of a wear pattern in just one place.

VacuumingOriental and Area rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe with your beater bar! Use the end of a vacuum hose from a canister vacuum.

Shags and other longer-pile rugs – These types of rugs can get caught in the rotating beater bar of your vacuum cleaner. It’s best to use an attachment without one or flip the rug over and vacuum the bottom.

Padding – A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear and slippage.

Washing – Having your Heirloom Oriental and Area rugs professionally cleaned by Area Rug Cleaning Company will ensure it is done properly and with care to protect your investment.

Tell Us About Your Experience | Submit Review In Customer Lobby

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Tell Us About Your Experience | Submit Review In Customer Lobby

We love hearing from our customers and wouldn’t want to miss the chance to improve our services.  The process is simple and it only takes a few minutes of your time. Click Here to leave a review in Customer Lobby for Area Rug Cleaning Company and tell us a little bit about your experience.  We would appreciate your feedback!

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Tub Washing vs. Top Cleaning?? | Area Rug Cleaning Ann Arbor MI

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Tub Washing vs. Top Cleaning?? | Area Rug Cleaning Ann Arbor MI

What makes Area Rug Cleaning Company‘s immersion system better?

The Centrum Force Wash Tub and Centrifuge Technology!

Like today’s new energy efficient washing machines, the effectiveness of this new equipment is based on the principles of gentle tumbling, dwell time and extremely fast spin cycles that produce thorough cleaning with less moisture going into the dryer. An added bonus is that less cleaning agents are required, resulting in easier rinsing, softer fiber and more brilliant colors.

Customer Review | Area Rug Cleaning Company Ann Arbor MI

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Customer Review | Area Rug Cleaning Company Ann Arbor MI

screen shot 2016-07-13 at 8.47.47 amKay D. said on May 23, 2016 in Customer Lobby:

Very thorough, professional cleaning

I was happy and quite pleased with Area Rug Cleaning Co., and I expect to use them again. They cleaned a handmade area rug of mine, and also decontaminated it because my cat had vomited on the rug. I was impressed by the technique they used to clean the rug–a complete immersion in the tub. Besides the cleaning, I also purchased a rug pad through them that was cut to fit. The only reason why I gave them four stars is because I think they were very good, but expensive.

At Area Rug Cleaning Company, we appreciate the feedback and strive to provide the best quality rug cleaning services.

5 Ways To Get Your Home Ready For Summer | Rug Cleaning Ann Arbor MI

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on 5 Ways To Get Your Home Ready For Summer | Rug Cleaning Ann Arbor MI

screen shot 2016-07-13 at 9.00.43 amOnce spring cleaning is done, you’ve probably put the bleach away and your rugs have been cleaned by a professional rug cleaner. Now that the temperature is rising, it’s time to get the home ready to enjoy in warm weather!

1) Get a professional tune up on your air conditioning unit(s) at least once a year. The last thing you want is for your A/C to go out when those high temperatures hit. A professional can check for damage or leaks and make sure your equipment is running as efficiently as possible. Make sure clean filters are installed in your heating or cooling systems as well.

2) Clean your ceiling and portable fans for maximum efficiency and minimum dust. Turn off your fans when they are not in use and when you leave the house.

3) Replace heavy curtains with a lighter material. Consider window tinting or plantings that can create more shade on areas that get the most sun.

4) Clean your windows inside and out, and check for any damage to the glass. Rinse window screens, and check for damage. Replace weather stripping if necessary. Keep the cool air in and the hot air out!

5) Check all of your outside hoses for leaks and repair or replace, if necessary. Adjust sprinklers and watering time. This is a good time to make sure you don’t have any sprinkler leaks and to reposition sprinkler heads to make sure you are not wasting water on walls, sidewalks, or the driveway. During the summer the best time to water is in the late evening, after the sun has gone down, or early morning, when the air is the most cool.

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