Saturday, March 28, 2015

Rug Over-Dye, Over Dye by Los Angeles Rug Cleaning

Some of our clients have rugs they like, but the color does not match their interior and the room settings. They do not want to spend thousands of dollars to buy another rug. What is the solution then? We can over-dye their rugs to their ideal color.

A designer brought in this dirty harvest gold color rug with a big chocolate stain in it. Her client wanted this rug over-dyed blue. We had to wash the rug first and in the process, removed the stains.

This dirty rug became beautiful and clean after our 10-step wash process. It was ready for a new color and look.

This is how this carpet looked after over dying.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

Los Angeles Rug Cleaning, Anther 5-Star Yelp Review

Gail A.
Calabasas, CA

5.0 star rating 3/27/2015

I don't often give companies 5 stars - but everything and everyone associated with Los Angeles Rug Cleaning deserves this rating.  They are knowledgeable, professional and reasonable; and customer service is beyond compare.  My kilim rug was tattered and dirty after one of our dogs took a liking to it.  Dr. Kay and his miracle workers transformed it once again into a thing of beauty.  I will be delivering several more of my Persian rugs to them for moth-proofing and cleaning.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Los Angeles Rug Cleaning 5-Star Yelp Review

5.0 star rating
Just picked up my 6 antique Persian rugs I had cleaned and repaired.....fabulous job and what tremendous customer service by Dr. Kay, his son, wife and other staff.
I have to admit I was initially a little skeptical from another rug store bad experience, but they won me over with continued attention to the details, fair prices and beautiful work.  Well worth the 2.5 hour drive each way to LA.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

Thursday, February 19, 2015

5-Star Review of Los Angeles Rug Cleaning

5.0 star rating

5.0 star rating

Approx. 6 months ago, it was imperative that my machine made Belgium rug be cleaned.  It is special to me as it once belonged to my grandmother.  Without a "connection", I took a chance with "Rug Ideas".  Well God was with me that day!

The rug was cleaned, the pile was combed all  in the correct position & the colors became more vibrant.  I was very pleased. However now I had to begin cleaning my gorgeous Super Kazak rugs from Pakistan..I was hesitant. I was told that cleaning of these rugs were "hard" on them.
I discussed this with Dr K.(owner).  He bluntly told me that this statement is true if NOT cleaned CORRECTLY.  So I took another chance with my first "Super Kazak".
The results were amazing. Colors pop & abrash is abrash without stains.Dr. K explained to me how one can distinguish the difference between abrash & stains.
His son Kash reviewed the rug which was cleaned & told me of the "trouble" areas(so that I can avoid similar issues in the future).  He also provided me with tips for spot cleaning.

This is the only place for you(for rug cleaning) if you LOVE your rugs.  This is a 3rd generation family owned business.  It is obvious that Dr K & amp; Kash LOVE  what they are doing.  This is why the results are so POSITIVE.  They
(as I) see a rug as a piece of art.  When a rug is treated as an "old master", what can you expect?  Nothing but the BEST!  Both Dr. K & amp; Kash will answer all your questions & give you all the time you need.  They are friendly & professional with their work.  Rug Ideas is your Rug Cleaning Store.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Persian Heriz Rug For Sale

A client of ours has a beautiful hand knotted Persian Heriz carpet for sale. The size is roughly 8' x 11' and can be used in a dining or living room, or in any room in the house. It will add warmth and character to the room it will be used in.

Click on each picture to open in a new bigger window.

The foundation of this 1970's Heriz carpet (roughly 45 years old) is cotton, and the pile is very good quality Lamb's wool. So everything in the construction is organic and natural. The design is called corners with a big diamond shape central medallion. The design of this rug is geometric and many designers and collectors love geometric design Heriz rugs.

The asking price for this rug is $4,500 and shipping in the U.S. continent will be free. This will be shipped by UPS ground which is safe and convenient.  A reasonable offer maybe considered by our client.

If you need to read more about Heriz carpets, click here.

This rug was recently hand washed, so it is ready to be used and enjoyed.

If you have any question, please call or e-mail us.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Rug Cleaning or Carpet Cleaning: What Is The Difference?

Carpet cleaning mostly refers to cleaning installed wall-wall carpets. This is dry, or steam cleaning and is surface cleaning. This is done in-house. Rug cleaning deals with movable rugs that can be taken to a cleaning plant or facility and a professional rug cleaners does not do dry, steam, or surface cleaning. Instead, he or she starts the process with dusting to make sure all the dust, dirt, and dry soil is removed and separated from the rug. Dust and dirt act like sandpaper and damage the fiber of the rug. Wet washing and using appropriate rug shampoo is what a professional rug cleaner such as Ellen Amirkhan of Dallas, Texas, Lisa Wagner of San Diego in southern California or Thea Sand of Seattle, Washington use. These ladies are few of the best rug cleaners in the country.

Extracting water and drying the rug properly is very important and if a rug is not completely dry before delivery or pick up, it would smell. Drying is something that cannot be done in-house if a carpet cleaner cleans your rug at your home.

Carpet cleaning type of job for your rug might be cheaper, but frankly you're better off if you do not do that at all. It is waste of money and time and not only it does not clean your rug, it may actually damage your rug.

If you have a dirty rug, hire the best rug cleaner in your area and pay for it. With online searches, and a few phone calls, and comparing apples with apples, it is not difficult to find who is who. Quality and not the price should be your first concern.

Few pictures of our recent hand washing and deep cleaning jobs.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

Saturday, January 3, 2015

First Working Day of 2015 Was A Busy Day With Rug Cleaning

Today was Friday, Jan. 2nd, 2015 and our store was officially closed. I was at Costco doing some shopping and a gentleman called and said he had three sisal rugs for cleaning. He mentioned that he had the rugs in his car and wanted to drop them off today. I said I could go to the store and wait for him if he could drop them off between 12:00 to 2:00 pm. He said he would.

I went to the store and opened the doors and started to do some paper work. A return and old time client and his wife came in and dropped off nine Navajo kilms/flat weaves for cleaning and repair. We chatted for a few minutes and they left. A client called in and said she has eleven Navajo kilims for cleaning and appraisal. I scheduled this for pick up next week.

Meanwhile the client who had called for the cleaning of three sisal rugs came in and dropped them off. I sold him rug pads for the three rugs. He mentioned he just moved from Chicago to Los Angeles. He is a designer and contractor and has a lot of clients who will need our services. He appreciated me coming to work to accommodate him.

A client called and said he needs to buy a rug and wanted to come in. Since our employees and workers were off and I had no one to help me show rugs to her, I said we were closed and asked her to come in tomorrow Saturday between 12:00 to 5:00 pm.

Another client called and said we cleaned a rug for her and she wants to trade that rug in with another rug. I told her to come in when we're open this coming Saturday or next week.

A client called and said she had a 7'x10' Turkish kilim for cleaning. She got the address and brought the kilim in after an hour and I offered protectant for her kilim and she liked it and paid for cleaning and the protectant.

Another client called for pick up of her five rugs for cleaning. I scheduled it for Saturday between 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

It was a busy first day of the work in 2015 and I had to stay at work until 5:00 pm.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Moth Damaged Rug Repair at Los Angeles Rug Cleaning

We picked up this hand knotted Persian Mashad rug with severe moth damages. We hand washed it and then started the long process of the repair.

The result came out very good and our customer loved the rug again.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sir William Burrell / Wagner "Garden" rug, Kerman, Iran, 17th century (Safavid Empire). Glasgow Museum

Sir William Burrell / Wagner "Garden" rug, Kerman, Iran, 17th century (Safavid Empire). Glasgow Museum (cotton and wool)

The Wagner Garden Carpet is one of the most amazing garden carpets to have survived to the present. It was produced during the Safavid period in 17th century Kirman, a well known carpet-making city in south-eastern Iran. The layout of the carpet evokes an image of the earthly paradise as inspired by both the ancient Iranian ‘chahar-bagh’ – four-quartered garden – and the description of Paradise in the Quran. Water channels divide the walled garden, and meet at a central pool. On the banks of the waterways trees, bushes and shrubs blossom and bloom all at the same time; and animals (both predators and pray), birds of all types, multi-coloured butterflies and moths inhabit the garden. Fish and ducks populate the waterways, who’s shimmering waters are cunningly illustrated by the drawing of a lattice pattern with varied thicknesses of line and colour.

This carpet was purchased by Sir William Burrell in 1939, and he donated it with his collection to the City of Glasgow in 1944. It measures 5.31 m long and 4.32 m wide; and is made up of cotton warps; wool, cotton and silk wefts; and wool pile. It acquired its name ‘Wagner’ from a previous owner who acquired it at the beginning of the 20th century.

Sir William Burrell’s prized 17th century Persian  “Wagner” Garden Carpet is believed to be the second most important Iranian carpet in the UK after the Ardabil Carpet at the V&A Museum. Due to its large size and condition, 5.5m x 4.3m , this Safavid carpet has only been displayed twice in the last 30 years. Believed to have been made in Kerman/Kirman, or possibly Isphahan, it has a woollen pile, cotton warps, and wool and cotton wefts.

Named after a previous German owner (Wagner), the carpet’s unique and beautiful design is of a four quartered garden divided by water channels that form the letter H, with a water basin in the centre of the short horizontal channel. The garden is filled with images of  Cypress and flowering trees and shrubs, and populated with an array of birds, animals and several types of fish and duck, floating on the water channels. Lions, leopards, gazelles, peacocks, storks and pigeons, roam the garden. The symmetrical layout and bordered water channels are not only reminiscent of Safavid royal gardens in Isphahan, but also resemble descriptions of Gardens of Paradise in the Qur’an.

The Wagner Garden Carpet is considered to be one of the three earliest surviving Persian garden carpets in the world, the other two being at the Jaipur Museum and the Museum of Industrial Art in Vienna. However, the design of this particular carpet is unique, and no other examples resembling it or using part of its base-pattern have yet been identified.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085


Garden Rug, south east Iran, Kerman 17th century (Fragment)
Carpets from the Barbara Zidell Sedlin Family Collection

Sale: N08532 | Location: New York
Auction Dates: Session 1: Tue, 03 Mar 2009 10:00 AM
LOT 58 (of 51)

17th century
overcast on all four sides, oxidized browns, reweaves, patches

70,000—100,000 USD

measurements approximately 7ft. 10in. by 6ft. 5in. (2.39 by 1.96m.)

Description: 17th century, overcast on all four sides, oxidized browns, reweaves, patches

Warp: cotton, Z5S, natural ivory
Weft: wool, 2 shoots, natural ivory
Pile: wool, asymmetric knot open to the right
Density: 14-15 horizontal, 16-17 vertical
Sides: incomplete
Ends: incomplete
Colors: madder red, dusty rose, ochre, yellow, dark blue, light blue, blue-green, green, ivory, walnut

Property of a Private Collector, sold Christie's New York, April 8, 1989, lot 82

Burns, James D., Antique Rugs of Kurdistan: A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, United Kingdom, 2002, pp. 144-145.


The present lot depicts one of the many lavish gardens that were an essential part of Persian ruling class and elite homes throughout the Safavid period. Gardens were much praised not only by their owners but also by poets, who named their poems after well-known gardens, and painters who depicted them in their works. The beauty of these gardens captivated western travelers as well, including a certain Sir John Chardin, who in 1674 visited Shiraz and noted that the gardens of the city were the most beautiful sites in the realm, see M.S. Dimand and Jean Mailey, Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1973, p. 78. The golden age of garden design was during the reign of Shah Abbas in the first half of the seventeenth century, when Persia's most exquisite landscapes were created. It is understandable that at this time garden design influenced other art forms beyond poetry and painting. Weavers and draftsmen at carpet manufactories quickly adjusted to the new trend and created designs that essentially recreated gardens in a two-dimensional form. A garden carpet can either depict landscapes with trees in a continuous formation or an aerial-like view of a formal garden, known as the Chahar Bagh design, as in the present lot. Here we see the compartmentalized flower beds and the canals that run though the garden from a bird's eye view mixing in side views of the flora and fauna of the landscape. Waterways are depicted flowing through the park in a geometric grid with small islands at the junctions. Whereas the flowers growing in the flowerbeds and along the channels are stylized and appear to be palmette forms with serrated leaves, the trees growing at the junction of the canals are depicted in a very lively and naturalistic manner. Their branches are willowy and grow out of the trunks in smooth organic lines. Similarly drawn trees can be found on a Kirman carpet of Chahar Bagh design in the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, see Susan Day ed., Great Carpets of the World, New York, 1996, p. 139, pl. 110. The birds sitting on the trees along the left side of the piece and the geese nesting on the island are also depicted in a life-like manner, which indicates that the lot offered here was made in the 1600s, when naturalistic portrayal of the flora and the fauna was common. Later garden carpets from the eighteenth century tend to be more stylized with geometric forms and angular drawing. An eighteenth-century fragment in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York illustrates this idea with its overall design similar to the present carpet in the arrangement of birds, trees, and flower beds, however, drawn with more angular lines, see Mailey, ibid., p. 85, fig. 117. The large lilies of the inner guard border here can be found in early Caucasian and Kurdish rugs and carpets, such as in the field design of a Kurdish rug illustrated in James D. Burns, Antique Rugs of Kurdistan: A Historical Legacy of Woven Art, United Kingdom, 2002, pl. 40. p. 140, sold Sotheby's New York, April 10, 1997 lot 56. The vibrant colors and the organic forms mixed with more abstract geometric elements make  the lot offered here a particularly interesting piece that reflects not only the importance of gardens in the Safavid culture, but also the Safavid weavers' excellence at their craft.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

Rug Ideas (Los Angeles Rug Cleaning) Approved by WoolSafe, International Wool Care Organization

Rug Ideas (Los Angeles Rug Cleaning) Approved by WoolSafe,
International Wool Care Organization

Rug Ideas (Los Angeles Rug Cleaning), a carpet and rug care company of Los Angeles, has been approved to become a member of the WoolSafe®-Approved Service Provider network. The WoolSafe® Organization is a worldwide organization dedicated to the care and cleaning of wool carpets, rugs and upholstery. After completing specialized training provided by the WoolSafe® organization, and meeting their very strict criteria, Rug Ideas (Los Angeles Rug Cleaning) has been invited into this elite group of industry professional companies who have trained personnel on their staff to care for your beautiful wool textiles.

“Many carpet cleaning companies use harsh cleaning and spotting chemicals designed for synthetic carpet which will damage wool” says Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. KayTM), Rug Ideas (Los Angeles Rug Cleaning) founder and owner.  “WoolSafe®-Approved Service Providers agree to use only WoolSafe®-Approved cleaning products on wool carpets and rugs, and follow the highest industry standards.” WoolSafe® was originally established in 1991 by the International Wool Secretariat (the Wool Bureau in North America) to independently test cleaning products to ensure they are safe to use on wool carpet and rug fibers.  The WoolSafe® Organization of Otley, England launched an accreditation program for professional carpet cleaners in October of 1998 in response to demand from the cleaning and carpet manufacturing industries and to raise the level of expertise in cleaning wool floor coverings.

“Our customers have trusted us to care of their fine carpet and rugs for years” says Sobhe. “It is an honor for us to finally join this fine organization of wool carpet and rug care experts from around the world”

By hiring a WoolSafe®-Approved Service Provider such as Rug Ideas (Los Angeles Rug Cleaning), clients are assured of receiving the very best cleaning service that the industry has to offer. 

To discuss your rug cleaning, repair, stain removal, and appraisal needs, call Dr. Khosrow Sobhe, Certified Rug Specialist at Rug Ideas (Los Angeles Rug Cleaning) at 310-770-9085. You can also contact him at

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Los Angeles Rug Cleaning: A 3rd Generation Rug Care And Maintenance Company

Professional rug cleaning is what we do. Dry, steam, and surface cleaning for hand made and machine made rugs is a waste of time and money and that is something we do not do.

Here, I am posting some before and after cleaning of rugs we wet washed for different clients.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

Friday, December 12, 2014

Rug Water Damage in Los Angeles

It is raining hard in Los Angeles right now, Friday a little past 9:00 am. It does not rain that often in Los Angeles, but when it does, we receive a lot of phone calls regarding water damages, leaks, and rugs getting wet.

Rain water is not pure and it contains minerals and solutions, and after it is mixed with dust inside the construction and pile of the rug, this becomes mud. If this is not taken care of, and the rug is not washed and dried properly immediately, the rug will rot and mildew may develop. Rug will crack and will break and this might be a total loss.

In cases like this, acting fast and calling a professional rug cleaner is important. Use our hotline and our immediate pick up services. Call us at 310-770-9085

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Doormats and No-Shoes Policy Can Help Have Cleaner Homes

With our shoes, we transfer all the dirt, dust, mud, and allergens from outside to our homes. It is always good to have outside and inside doormats to have a cleaner and healthier home.

Outside doormat should be washed and dried once in a while to function well; otherwise it does not serve the purpose. 

Inside doormats should be vacuumed regularly and washed/dried properly to keep the dirt and dry soil out of the rugs, carpets and the home in general. No shoes policy if implemented, can helps us maintain our homes cleaner. It also helps to have nicer looking floors and rugs.

Doormats are not expensive and should be used at all of the entrances from the front yard, back yard, to garage and parking entrances. Depending on the climate, different types of out doormats can be used. If they do not have a rubber nonslip backing, a little piece of pad/underlay will help keep them in place and stop them from moving.

Having a shoe rack or cabinet helps to keep the shoes in one separate place. They will also look nocer and more organized and would encourage everyone to abide by the no-shoe policy.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085