Sunday, May 17, 2015

Moroccan Rugs and Los Angeles Rug Cleaning

Morocco is located in north west Africa and has a population of around 34 million and an area of 446,550 km2 or 172,410 sq. miles. The country has a constitutional monarchy with elected parliament. It's capital is Rabat, and one of it's biggest cities and the most famous one is Casablanca. The country is consisted of Arabs, and indigenous Berbers. The official languages are Arabic, and Berber. French is widely spoken.


Now that we know a little about the country, let's talk about rugs!


Moroccan rugs are simply beautiful, popular, and desirable objects of tribal art and unlike many other rugs of different origins, they cannot be programmed. This is due to the culture of the weavers, nature of their life, geographic locations, lack of central workshops/factories, and many other variables.  And this adds to their uniqueness and exclusivity.

The design of Moroccan rugs are simple, modern, primitive, geometric, abstract, and in short, they are like kids paintings. In Morocco, these rugs are made by Berber tribesmen and women, Berbers are scattered in several  north African countries such as Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Morocco. However, there are many sub-tribes in the Berber tribes among which Beni Ourain is a famous one for making open field deep/thick pile, shaggy rugs with brown, black and white diamond patterned soft wool knotted rugs.

Berber Moroccan rugs are usually made on cotton foundation with local Atlas Mountains lamb's wool pile. In rare and old pieces, we may see some camel hair. The wool is sheared and combed before it is spun. Both natural and synthetic dyes are used to prepare the yarn for weaving. Neonic yellow, orange, pink, purple and other vibrant and strong colors are mostly synthetics. Un-dyed natural yarn of cream, Ivory, brown, and black are also widely used. We see these in Beni Ourain deep pile shag rugs.



More in the past and to some extent even today, Moroccan rugs have had utilitarian and domestic usage for bedding (as mattresses), blankets, protection against cold and insulation in the Atlas Mountains. The smaller sizes could be used as prayer mats.

In most of the cases, high pile thick shag rugs with low knot densities are made in the high Atlas Mountains, and the finer shags, flat weaves or combinations of  pile and flat weaves are made by the southern Berber tribes in the desert, south of the Atlas Mountains.

There are many imitations of Moroccan rugs in the market, however, the feel, and handle is not the same. It is like the feel and handle of authentic Hereke silk carpets compared with the fake Chinese copies.

Some Berber weavers are superstitious and weave abstract symbols and motifs into the rugs to protect the rugs and their lives from evil and bad eyes and spirits. Some of these designs can be seen in rock and cave paintings.




We receive many Moroccan rugs for cleaning. Some are brand new, but have bad smell and odor. Many of the kilims and flat weaves we receive for cleaning bleed and this is due to their wefts and their fugitive dyes. And we know how to test and take care of these.



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

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Persian Tabriz Rugs, Persian Tabriz Carpets For Sale


Tabriz, has been one of the historical capitals of Iran with a turbulent history with its oldest civilization sites which dates back to 1500 B.C. This ancient city is the capital of East Azarbaijan province in north west Iran. Tabriz has been and is the land gateway of Iran to Europe.

Tabriz rug usually have high quality of wool, weave and craftsmanship. One of our good clients has two Persian Tabriz rugs she wants to sell. Both these Tabriz carpets have been hand washed by us recently and look and feel beautiful and fresh. By clicking on each picture, it will open in a new big window.





The size of this Tabriz rug is 6' 6" x 9' 8" with cotton foundation, and baby lamb's wool pile and pure natural silk. Because of the high quality and our recent deep cleaning, all the silk accents and flowers are highlighted and look shiny and soft. The design has four corners with a beautiful medallion in the center. This is a real art work which adds warmth and character to the room in which is used. The knots density of this rug is high and is around 300 per square inch. This type of rug is also investment and its price appreciate by the passage of time. Her asking price for this piece is $6,300. To make it easier for out of Los Angeles buyers, the shipping cost by UPS ground to all 48 states in the U.S. continent (except Alaska, and Hawaii) will be paid by the seller.





The size of her second Tabriz rug is 6' 6" x 10' 3" with baby lamb's wool pile and pure natural silk. The foundation is cotton. Due to high quality of this carpet and our recent deep cleaning, all the silk accents and flowers are highlighted and look soft and shiny. The design has four corners with a beautiful medallion in the center. This rug is a real work of art and adds class and character to the room in which is used. The knots density of this rug (KPSI) is high and is around 300 per square inch. This type of rug is also investment and its price appreciate by the passage of time. Her asking price for this piece is $5,800. To make it easier for out of Los Angeles buyers, the shipping cost by UPS ground to all 48 states in the U.S. continent (except Alaska, and Hawaii) will be paid by our client. Therefore, buyer will not pay for shipping, and there will be NO commission, wrapping, handling or other fees to pay.

Please contact us for other details and payment/shipping arrangements.

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chair Stain Removal at Los Angeles Rug Cleaning

A client brought in a chair he had messed up. This chair was dirty and the client put a Sharpie mark on it. He tried to remove the stain with no success.


He then looked online and found, bought, used a solution called ink & stain remover. This bleached the chair and made it worse.



He brought the chair in and Kash removed the ink mark and took care of the stain in stages.



Stain removal from rugs, carpets, and fabrics is not do-it-yourself and cannot be done by trial and error. One can permanently set the stain in or bleach and permanently damage the rug, carpet, or the fabric. Consulting with an expert is always the best option.

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

Rug Pads in Los Angeles Rug Cleaning

Why use a rug pad for your rug?

Rug pads protect the floor:
The back of many rugs is rough or scratchy and without a rug pad, this can lead to damage to your floor. Along with protecting floors from scratches, rug pads also protect from indentations. Many rugs have heavy furniture on them and sometimes this can lead to indentations of your floor. The proper rug pad will resist this weight and prevent any damage.


Rug pads add safety:
Many rugs tend to slip and slide. This is especially true of smaller rugs or runners. The right non slip rug pad not only adds all the benefits mentioned above, it also prevents slipping, making for a safe home.


Rug pads add comfort:
Finally, a rug pad can make a rug more comfortable by adding extra cushion under your rug. This is helpful in kid's rooms or family rooms where comfort is an issue. Many times if one sits on a rug without a rug pad, you can actually feel the hard floor underneath. A nice rug pad will prevent this and make your rug much more comfortable.

A small investment now in the right rug pad for your rug will prove to add comfort and safety to your home while protecting your Persian & Oriental rugs and floors from premature wear and costly damages in the future. 

Our rug pads come with a 20-year guarantee to work. Give us a call for more information and pricing 

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

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)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
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)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Los Angeles Rug Cleaning 5-Star Yelp Review

5.0 star rating
3/5/2015
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
2/19/2015

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)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
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)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085