4 Ways to Identify High-Quality Area Rugs

You don’t want to buy a new rug that is just any old rug. You want a great new rug, and that’s what we want for you! That is why we put together a list of things you can look for so you know you are buying a high-quality area rug, one of the best of the best. After all, that is what you deserve! 

Find and Buy High-Quality Area Rugs in New Mexico

Your personal taste, as far as the colors and patterns you like, is important. We want you to find a high-quality area rug that is beautiful to you, and made to last for generations. Some people love the lighter look of this White Sands rug while others prefer the deeper, bolder colors of a Southwestern hand-woven rug. There’s no wrong choice, as long as it’s a high-quality rug. Here’s what you should be looking for: 

#1 Look at the Knots Per Square Inch (KPSI)

The number of knots within a rug determines the density, durability, and clarity of pattern. Knot counts in rugs can vary from as low as 40 per square inch to as high as 1200. Think of knots as pixels on a screen. It’s actually pretty simple; the more knots, the higher the quality of the rug. Less knots means a looser weave. This also means the rug will not be able to withstand and uphold against foot-traffic and aging without visible damage.

#2 Pay Careful Attention to the Details

The amount of time and labor spent on creating a handmade oriental rug varies greatly. The more detail put into a rug, the higher-quality it is. A sharp pattern means more time and hand-labor was taken to build a clear and precise design. 

#3 Check for Premium Wool

Just like a cake or a car, the materials made to create it have a huge impact on the final quality. We have found that the best carpet wools in the world come from Iran, which is why Iranian rugs have always been the most sought after rugs in the world. The Iranian sheep, Karakul sheep, are raised to be sheared and so are fed an optimal diet to yield softer and stronger wool. Countries known for fabulous rugs, like Iran, India, Pakistan, and China, will use and import fine Persian wool to improve their final product. 

#4 Be Choosy About Colors and Dyes

The bold colors are what make a rug so beautiful! There are many kinds of dyes used to take wool from it’s natural shades of white and brown to vibrant and rich shades. When purchasing a rug, you want to be sure the dyes used to create blues, greens, pinks, yellows, and reds are either organic vegetable dyes or derived from high grade pigments. 

Shop for High-Quality Area Rugs at Serafian’s

There are many things to consider when investing in an oriental rug, and it’s not always a simple task to choose the best carpet for you. No matter which patterns, colors, or size you are looking for, you are sure to find the perfect oriental rug for you at Serafian’s. 

How Much Should I Spend on Rug Cleaning?

An oriental rug is not just any rug. These are exceptionally made by experts, with the world’s best materials. By design, oriental carpets are made to last for generations. Of course, this will only happen if you care for it properly. Without a little TLC, a foreign luxury car will wind up on the side of the road eventually. The same mindset applies to your rug! If you take a few simple steps, you can make your rug last a long time- and look beautiful throughout its life. One way to do this is to have your oriental rug professionally cleaned from time to time. 

Have Your Rug Professionally Cleaned at Serafian’s

While regular vacuuming and quickly cleaning spills are important for maintaining fine area rugs, these methods are only sufficient for keeping the surface of your carpet clean. This isn’t a replacement for the professional rug cleaning that an oriental rug like this requires. Chemical cleaners can damage the delicate fibers that make up a rug. Even steam cleaning often fails to remove deep particles and penetrated stains. Professional deep cleaning is the only guaranteed method to remove the dirt and other abrasive particles that eventually wear down and destroy these precious and woven rugs.

Here in New Mexico, this service can and should be done at Serafian’s! We utilize specially-built equipment that replicates traditional methods of cleaning fine oriental rugs while taking advantage of the best modern technology available. Our total immersion process removes the maximum amount of dirt and contaminants. This gently returns your expensive rugs to their highest level of beauty, while also preventing any damage.

How Much is New Mexico Rug Cleaning?

It’s important to note that in order to have a good estimate for the cost you should expect, you’ll need to tell our team a few things about your rug first. You will be charged a fee based on the area, or square footage, of your rug. As a quick example, let’s say you have an eight foot by ten foot rug. This is 80 square feet. If your rug cleaner charges five dollars per square foot, the total cost would be $300. Some rugs will be more expensive to have cleaned than others. You can expect to pay from $4 per square foot up to $10 per square foot for the finest rugs.

We offer free estimates on our rug repair and rug cleaning services! Contact us now and tell us a little more about your rug, especially the size. We will even come pick it up for you and deliver it back when we’re finished. It’s just one more way we show how dedicated we are to our customers!

How to Store an Oriental Rug

An oriental rug is not only beautiful, but it represents quite a big investment. It’s not uncommon for these rugs to cost several hundred dollars, and perhaps even more. This is something you want to treat with great care. 

There are instances in life where you will want to store an oriental rug. Maybe you have a party planned and don’t want anyone accidentally spilling on the rug. A friend could be bringing a dog over and you don’t want a urine stain on your rug. Perhaps you are moving and the rug needs to be transported and wait in storage for a little while. Whatever the reason to store an oriental rug for a little while, you want to make sure you do it correctly.

You’ve come to the right place for information! We don’t just sell the best oriental rugs in New Mexico, we take great pride in educating our shoppers as well. Today, we are going to discuss the best ways to store an oriental rug so it is not damaged. 

How to Store an Oriental Rug

Step #1 Get your rug washed before storing away

This step will ensure that your rug is free from moths, moth eggs, dust, and dirt before storage. You don’t want to hand wash it yourself. Instead, have your rug professionally cleaned here at Serafian’s. Our cleaning methods ensure that every inch of the rug is properly cleaned using methods and tools that are gentle, yet effective.

Step #2 Roll it in paper

It’s time to wrap your rug. Ensure the rug is completely dry, then roll it like a tube and wrap it in special paper. This paper is specially created for this purpose. This paper is chemical and ink free so there are minimum chances of damaging the rug.

Step #3 Seal the wrapping

You will want to seal the wrapping with plenty of tapes so that all seams are well covered. This acts as protection against moisture, as well as nasty little bugs and moths that you don’t want anywhere near your rug.

Step #4 Find a cool and dry storage place

Your rug is ready to be stored, and the only thing left to do is find the right location to do so. Attics and garages in New Mexico tend to get very hot in summer. For this reason, they are not a good place to store your rug. You want a room or storage facility with pretty consistent temperatures. Once you find a good room, lift the rug off of the floor in order to prevent moisture from the floor from seeping in.

Oriental rugs are precious. Rugs should be cared for and stored as carefully as possible. When you look at these four steps, you see that it’s not very difficult to store an oriental rug. As simple as they are, it is important that you pay careful attention to all of the above rules or else you could end up accidentally causinging damage to your rug while it is in storage.

If you have any other questions about oriental rug care or storage, we’re happy to answer them!

How to Save Your Rug from Water Damage

Water may seem like a harmless substance, yet it can do a lot of damage to a delicate rug. No one expects to spill water on and potentially ruin their premium Oriental rug. That’s why they call it an accident! That doesn’t make the stain any less bad or the rug any less ruined, sadly. Can it be salvaged? Is it possible to save your rug from water damage? Yes! You’ve come to the right place, because Serafian’s is the best place in New Mexico to buy a new rug as well as the best place to learn how to care for your rug once you bring it home. 

From mold, to color bleeding, and even a weakened, thinned foundation, water can thoroughly spoil the quality of your prized Oriental rug if the damage is not taken care of as soon as possible. Aside from professional rug care and repair, there are some steps you can take to protect the rug from severe damage. We should note that these are only temporary steps to take until it is taken to a rug cleaning facility.

Step #1

Gently vacuum the rug to suction out some of the water. It is important to note that this means using the suction of the vacuum, but never using a beater bar or brush. You want to gently suction the rug, so don’t use an overly-powerful tool. Also, never vacuum the fringe!

Step #2

Relocate it to a dry area of your home until you are able to contact a cleaning and restoration company to get the rug professionally restored.

Step #3

If possible, do not place the rug close to a sink or another water source. Regular exposure to water, moisture, and even humidity can cause a good deal of damage over time.

Step #4

You may think putting it outside or near a window will help, but this is a mistake. Both sunlight and fluorescent lighting can destroy the colors of your rug’s thread. Humidity is another killer, because it can attract mildew. It’s best to find a cool, dark, and dry place away from any harsh lighting.

We love to educate our shoppers! Learning how to salvage your rug after a spill is only half of it. We recommend having your rug washed every two years. In fact, we so strongly want you to do this that we will wash it at half the normal price if you keep up with your biennial rug cleaning. This is incredibly beneficial to you. It allows us to catch small repairs and other issues before they become big, expensive problems. This is just one way we show our dedication to our customers! 

If you’re in New Mexico, the place to shop and educate yourself is Serafian’s. We are located at 1421 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87112 and you can also call us at (505) 504-RUGS (7847).

3 Tips for Hanging Rugs as Artwork

Hand-knotted rugs are thousands or millions of knots individually tied to a foundation. Wow! That’s pretty incredible! They are made from natural materials like wool, silk, cotton, bamboo, jute, or a blend of different fibers. The use of these top-quality materials together with a complex hand weaving technique mean a hand knotted rug is a remarkable finished product. If that sounds more like a piece of art than something you want people walking all over, you’re not alone in thinking this. That is why many people choose to actually hang their rugs. 

Hand-knotted oriental rugs are more than just a floor covering. They are an art form with a history spanning thousands of years and a wide variety of cultures. If you want to show yours off by displaying it as artwork, here are a few pieces of expert advice:

#1 Think About the Weight of the Rug

These large rugs can be much heavier than you realize, because they’re so strong and durable. Heavier rugs will require great care in choosing the method and location. You should absolutely avoid push pins and thumbtacks when hanging a high-quality rug! The stress of pins on fabric that is hanging will ultimately destroy the shape, wear on the threads, and even weaken the backing of the rug.

Instead, use rods and hooks. Rods are popular for displaying a rug properly on a wall for large sizes. The hooks mounted into the wall should hold the rod while the rug is slipped over the rod by using a casing, just as you would hang a heavy drape. 

#2 Consider a Mounted Frame

Have you ever been to a museum and seen the way they display canvas or fabric artwork done centuries ago? They have the right idea! This is more secure and sturdy than other methods. Hand-knotted rugs fit this method well because you want to care for them in the best way possible. Another convenience of using a frame is the ability to hang the frame on any surface with a hook and wire, just like you would hang a large picture or painting. You can also rotate your frame to different locations when you have company or are in the mood to redecorate.

#3 Where You Hang it is Just as Important as How You Hang It

Take great caution in choosing the location of where your rug will hang. Sunlight and fluorescent lighting can destroy the colors of your rug’s thread, so keep it away from any windows. Humidity is another killer, because it can attract mildew. It’s best to find a cool, dark wall away from any harsh lighting.

We know buying and caring for an Oriental rug can be an intimidating process. Serafian’s is the best place to buy a rug in New Mexico. That is because we don’t just sell you a rug, we help you care for it as well! We offer a plethora of rug care education and advice, including the best ways to hang your rug as art. 

How to Vacuum a Hand-Knotted Rug

A large area rug is an investment, so it’s certainly something you’ll want to care for in the best way possible. You know you need to clean it, but how? Can you vacuum it? Serafian’s is here to answer all of your questions!

What is a Hand-Knotted Rug?

Hand-knotted rugs are thousands or millions of knots individually tied to a foundation. Wow! That’s pretty incredible! Hand knotted rugs are typically made from natural materials like wool, silk, cotton, bamboo, jute, or a blend of different fibers. The use of these top-quality materials together with a complex hand weaving technique give a hand knotted rug a remarkable amount of strength and durability.

Hand-knotted oriental rugs are more than just a floor covering. They are an art form with a history spanning thousands of years and a wide variety of cultures. These handmade rugs are used as protection from the elements, decoration for dwellings, objects of desire, and family heirlooms for people from all walks of life.

How to Vacuum a Hand-Knotted Rug

In order to care for your hand-knotted rug well, you’ll need to follow these four pieces of advice:

#1 Vacuum Regularly

It is important to note that this means using the suction of the vacuum, but never using a beater bar or brush. Scraping is not good for the rug! Either turn the brush off or just use the attachments. Following up with regular TLC will make a difference in how often the rug needs to be sent for professional cleanings.

#2 Avoid the Fringe

Many hand-knotted rugs have fringe. Never, ever vacuum the fringe! The continued catching of the fringe in the suction of a vacuum cleaner causes the fringes to break and tear.

#3 Don’t Forget the Underside

If your rug is small- to medium-sized, it’s a good idea to flip it over and vacuum the underside. This should be done about every six months. This step helps to remove dust and also ensure there is nothing nasty deeply embedded in the wool fibers.

#4 Be Gentle

You want to gently suction the rug, so don’t use an overly-powerful tool. You don’t want the wool fibers to start shedding!

Trust Serafian’s for Your Rug Care Advice

We are the best place to buy a rug in New Mexico. That is because we don’t just sell you a rug, we help you care for it as well! We offer a plethora of rug care education and advice. We know buying and caring for an Oriental rug can be an intimidating process. You don’t need to be an expert to find the rug that suits you, but we feel education is a great way to begin the experience of purchasing and owning a fine area rug.

Our rug professionals have built a wealth of knowledge through decades of experience. We enjoy sharing and guiding our customers towards understanding the vast history, tradition, and craft surrounding the world of these beautiful and time honored works. We encourage you to contact us with any additional questions you may have about the best way to care for your hand-knotted rug

How to Protect Your Carpet During Parties

You put a lot of effort into finding and buying the perfect new Oriental rug for your home. A new rug is an investment! While we price our rugs very reasonably, this is still a luxury home purchase and one you want to take care of. This can make it scary when you invite outsiders to your home for a party. The last thing you want is red wine spilled on your rug or food dropped on it and stepped on to smash it in. Is it possible to have friends and family over to your home while also keeping your beloved area rug in good condition? It is!

Before the Party

Have your rugs professionally cleaned a few days before the party. This isn’t just to make your home look cleaner. If your guests see how immaculate your rugs are, they are more likely to be very careful with their food and drinks so as not to spill any. If they see your rugs are stained already, they probably won’t think it’s a big deal if they spill too!

As well, create “no walking” zones in your home and block off access to these areas. This is recommended if you’re highly concerned about a particular rug. Simply don’t let people go near it!

During the Party

The day of the big party has finally arrived! During the party, walk around and politely ask guests to move drinks or food away from your area rug if you notice that they are positioned in a way that could lead to a spill. You probably will only have to say it once, so don’t worry that you’ll be stuck monitoring the event instead of enjoying yourself.

As the party is winding down, get into cleaning mode. Grab a big garbage bag and throw away any half-finished food or drinks as people are saying their goodbyes and moving towards the door. This greatly limits the chances of an accidental spillage.

Remember, if there is ever a problem you can bring your rug to Serafian’s in New Mexico for expert rug cleaning and restoration. While regular vacuuming and quickly cleaning spills are important for maintaining your fine area rug, these methods are only sufficient for keeping the surface of your carpet clean. A stain or spill requires professional care in order to truly remove it. We utilize specially-built equipment that replicates traditional methods of cleaning fine oriental rugs while also utilizing the top modern technology available. Our total immersion process removes the maximum amount of dirt and contaminants, returning your beloved rug to its highest level of beauty. At the same time, this method also gently prevents any damage. 

Try your best to keep your rug clean and clear of damage, but we all know that life happens. Should an accident at your next party occur, bring your rug to us and we’ll get it back to a like-new condition!

4 Expert Advice and Tips for Choosing the Right Rug Color

Rugs are a great way to add new color to any room of the house. The right rug for your space will bring the whole room together and create a space you love. But, how can you find the right wrong? It isn’t hard to do, especially if you follow our advice!

#1 Consider the area it is going in. You want the rug to be the centerpiece of the room, which means taking the room itself into account. For a rug that’s going to last, you’ll want to make sure it can hold up to your lifestyle. A dark-colored, patterned rug will hide stains or dirt in high-activity areas like your living room. While you probably don’t want a light colored rug under your dining room table, this same rug would look fabulous in your bedroom where you don’t spill or track dirt.

#2 Think about the color of the floor. This rug is big, but you’re still going to see some floor around the edges. This is why one of the most important factors in choosing a rug is the color of the floor it will be placed on. Choosing a rug that contrasts well with the floor can do a lot to liven the space up. If you have dark wood flooring, a brightly colored rug will stand out nicely on top of it. Just the same, a dark, bold, or richly-colored rug will balance out more lightly colored flooring. 

#3 Decide what you want to stand out in the room. Do you want the rug to be the focal point or accentuate something else in the room? If you want your furniture, curtains, or painted walls to be the main focal point of a room’s design, then pick a neutral, solid colored rug. On the other hand, an eye-catching, patterned rug can brighten up a more bland space and be the focal point of the room’s color design. If you choose one of these rugs, you want to make sure you then select more plain curtains, pillows, and other accent pieces. 

#4 Match a secondary color. You don’t want everything in the room to be the same color. That’s why we encourage you to match your rug to an accent color in something else already in the space. For a living room rug, you would want to make sure it complements your sofa color, as well as matches to the accent colors in the room. Let’s say your couch is brown and your curtains are brown and beige. Our Adler White Sand rug would be perfect to bring out those hues!

A new rug is an investment! At Serafian’s, we don’t just sell rugs in New Mexico. We are leaders in the industry, so we make it our mission to educate and inform shoppers as to the best way to buy a new rug. We want you to shop with confidence so you end up absolutely loving your ultimate choice!

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Rugs

Any time you’re making a big purchase, you want to take the entire purchasing experience seriously. You wouldn’t simply show up to a car dealership and point to the first vehicle you see. You would do your research and dedicate time to finding the perfect option. Just the same, a new rug is an investment! While we price our rugs very reasonably and they certainly aren’t the same cost as a car, this is still a luxury home purchase and one you want to take the time to do right. 

At Serafian’s, we don’t just sell rugs in New Mexico. We are leaders in the industry, so we make it our mission to educate and inform shoppers as to the best way to buy a new rug. We don’t want you making any mistakes that may lead to you regretting your ultimate choice! With this in mind, here are a few common mistakes you’ll want to avoid making as you shop:

#1 Undersizing. Before you can move on to the fun part, finding a rug you think is good-looking, you must first know the size you’re shopping for. It would be a big mistake to shop for as small a rug as possible in order to save money. Undersizing makes the entire room look awkward. What you save in cost, you will lose in atmosphere! You want the rug to be large enough to be the centerpiece of the room, with all of the furniture resting partially on top or centered in the middle.

#2 Shopping too late in the decorating process. Often, the decision to buy a new rug comes because you are revamping your space. Hunting for an area rug can be one of the most enjoyable parts of the design process. After all, this rug will play a major role in defining the aesthetic of the room. Because a rug is such an eye-catching decor item, it is a mistake to wait to choose your design after paint, furniture, and other accent pieces have already been chosen. A rug should be one of the first things chosen when redecorating a space, not an afterthought.

#3 Mixing patterns. When you browse our online catalogue, you will see we have many design styles to choose from. Some have very bold, beautiful patterns. If you choose one of these rugs, you want to make sure you then select more plain curtains, pillows, and other accent pieces. When done incorrectly, mixing patterns can go bad really quickly. It’s best to leave your rug as the centerpiece and not try to have any other item compete with it.

The right rug for your space will bring the whole room together and create a space you love. By keeping these common mistakes in mind, you can be sure to avoid them. Before you know it, you’ll have found the perfect rug for you and love the way your home looks!

6 Worst Substances That can be Spilled on Your Rug

As they say… life happens. No one expects to spill and ruin their Oriental rug, but that’s why they call it an accident! That doesn’t make the stain any less bad or the rug any less ruined though! In order to avoid a terrible day and a lot of wasted money, here are a few substances you’ll want to keep far from your rug:

#1 Tomato Sauce

This natural red dye needs to be attacked as soon as possible. Quickly grab a clean towel and blot the stain. Do not rub it! A gentle carpet cleanser can often treat the stain, but you can always contact us if that doesn’t work.

#2 Wax

You may not think twice about lighting candles around your rug, but this is a mistake. Wax quickly hardens when it dries, attaching itself to carpet or rug fibers. Try to heat up the wax again to liquify it, being careful not to spread it. Dab it with a cleaning solution in order to remove any discoloration left.

#3 Coffee

Coffee’s proteins are very hard to remove by the average homeowner. These stains are best removed by the rug cleaning professionals at Serafian’s.

#4 Wine

Who doesn’t love a nice glass of red wine? Well, your rug! Wine is much harder to remove when it’s dry. For this reason, a wine stain needs to be handled as soon as it occurs.

#5 Nail Polish

This harsh chemical is incredibly hard to remove, especially when dry. It will require steam and special tools to remove this stain, so you’re better off reaching out to professional rug cleaners to help you handle this.

#6 Bleach or Other Cleaning Supplies

A harsh cleaning agent, like bleach or other chemicals, can quickly stain any surface that’s not already pure white. It works quickly and often leaves permanent damage that even professionals cannot reverse. Always remember to clean far away from your Oriental rugs, so you don’t risk even a drop spilling or splattering onto it.

Learning what to avoid spilling on your rug is only half of it. We recommend having your rug washed every two years. In fact, we so strongly want you to do this that we will wash it at half the normal price if you keep up with your biennial rug cleaning. This is incredibly beneficial to you. It allows us to catch small repairs and other issues before they become big, expensive problems. 

Serafian’s isn’t just the best place in New Mexico to buy a new rug. We also want to educate our shoppers! Our team would love to discuss how to care for your rug once you bring it home. This is just one way we show our dedication to our customers! If you’re in our area, the place to shop and educate yourself is Serafian’s. We are located at 1421 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87112 and you can also call us at (505) 504-RUGS (7847).