Monday, September 8, 2014

Moroccan Rug and Kilim Cleaning in Los Angeles

A client called in and said she just recently bought a Moroccan silk kilim online. She spilled a full glass of water on it and it bled and now has a big stain. We picked up the kilim from her and realized that it was not  natural silk. She later said that the seller had told her this kilim was made of cactus silk. We here some fancy words and terms these days such as art silk, coconut silk, banana silk, bamboo silk, etc, but none of these are real pure silk as someone would think of silk. These are just marketing terms to sell the rugs and kilims.


 One of our cleaning technicians wet washed this kilim and it bled a lot. He rinsed it multiple times to get the excess dye and bleeding out of the kilim.

After this kilim was dry, the stain was no longer there. After we delivered the kilim, our client was very happy with the result of our cleaning and stain removal.


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

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A 5-Star Yelp Review From a Happy Client For Los Angeles Rug Cleaning

5.0 star rating
8/4/2014
1 check-in
So happy to find this business. This is a class-act professional business all the way! Kash is great and Dr. Kay is a wealth of knowledge and history.

Dropped off my rug to be cleaned and got an education about my rug and rugs in general.

UPDATE (overdue)
I got a call from Kash about a week to the day after dropping off my rug to advise me it was ready for pickup. Delighted, I eagerly went to pick up my rug and was pleased to get not just my clean, repaired rug, but a complete overview of the work performed with pictures! These guys are comprehensive. They rolled out my rug and proudly showed me all the work they did, referring back to the pictures. The pictures were like a visual history of the treatment and repair of my rug, including a pic of all the dust they removed from it before washing it (pretty gross to think of what is in a rug) - kind of amazing actually.

They had another customer's rug that they were beginning the cleaning of and showed me how much dust and dirt comes out of a rug, literally pounds depending on the size. Dr. K pulled out a few ziplock bags of dust removed from previous customer's rugs to show the volume and color of the dust - depending on the environment the rug was in and how long it had been since having been cleaned. Bottom line, if your rug has been lying on the floor for years, it is most likely filthy; no matter how often you vacuum it.

After de-dusting the rug they take measurements of the rug's chemistry and pH match the water they wash it with to ensure a good chemical cleaning; eventually bringing the rug to a neutral pH throughout the multistep process. The rug is then dried and repaired if needed. Some repairs are done before cleaning, some after. The repairs done on my rug included fraying edges, damaged fringe repair and stitching of a rip - all expertly done by master weavers.

At the end of the day, I have a clean, professionally repaired family heirloom rug that I can enjoy for years to come. I cannot stress how professional and transparent these guys are about what they do, it is refreshing and rewarding, and a very educational process. I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND Dr. K and Kash (Dr. K's son) for all your rug cleaning and repair needs in 3 words: Competent, Professional, Inspirational. Great customer service, great bedside manner, and a great overall experience.

Thank you Dr. K and Kash!

ps. I asked Dr. K to email the pics he showed me of the cleaning process of my rug and I had them in my inbox by the time I got home from their shop. Wow.

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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Your Rug Is Work of Art




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

Rug Repair Projects at Rug Ideas in Los Angeles









We love rug repair because we can save and preserve these objects of art. If we're to reweave the damaged areas, we have to install the rug and the damaged area on a wooden loom. Here I am posting some pictures of such rugs. We have to make foundation by running many vertical (warps) and horizontal (wefts) threads. We then have to start the reweaving process after the foundation is made.

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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our Rug Patch Works or Collage Carpets

This is one of our own patchworks. You can also call this a collage carpet.

The number 40 is significant in religions, traditions and cultures around the world; it is a mysterious number.  In the past, grandmothers made blankets out of scraps of fabrics in Iran. These works of art were called 40-piece blankets. This kind of artwork was our inspiration to design and produce Collage carpets.

These carpets are of modern design yet they are comprised of old and antique pieces of Persian carpets. We carefully select the rugs and take care of the hand washing/hand repair before we cut and stitch them together to make these beautiful artworks. Each of our collage carpets is like an album of different Persian rugs and a mosaic of different cultures and traditions of rug making. They have a modern look with a touch of authentic classic Oriental Persian character.

Our collage carpets are genuinely old and antique, not reproductions. We handle the whole process of making them in our own state of the art facility; we do not buy them. Since we produce them ourselves this means first hand supply and authenticity. Some people may call these rugs 'patchworks'. We call them 'collage carpets'... where every piece we make is a work of art.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

A Long Hamedan Runner. A Custom-Made Job at Rug Ideas, Los Angeles

A client bought this 40-foot Persian Hamedan (Hosseinabad-Enjelas) runner on Saturday and wanted us to make a T-shape 2-piece of 22-foot and an 18-foot. We did this in a day. It was cut with hand binding and attaching/sewing the pieces together.







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

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Moth and Rugs


Recently, we have received many moth damaged rugs for cleaning and repair. Most of them shared one story. They were left in storage without professional cleaning and without proper wrapping. Don't let this happen to you and your rugs. If you do not need your rug for a short or long term, you have to have it cleaned professionally. Carpet cleaning in-house type of cleaning, read dry, steam, or surface cleaning, is not what your rug needs. You have to give the job to a professional experienced rug cleaner who knows rugs. And then proper wrapping and sealing is what you need after the cleaning. You should also inspect the rug and check its condition every few months. You should not leave your rug in storage without inspection for several years.




If you want to store your rug or if you have a moth infested rug, give us a call for free consultation.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085

We Mean Hand Wash at Los Angeles Rug Cleaning



Some rugs are old or damaged and we need to hand wash them to prevent them from getting more damages. Here, I am posting two such rugs which were pretty old with many damaged areas. We could not use rotary machine on these rugs after we did dusting. Se we had to hand wash them with soft brushes and certified tested WoolSafe rug shampoo.

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

Thursday, August 28, 2014

One of the Dirtiest Rugs We Cleaned!

A client called us a couple of weeks ago and wanted us to pick up an 8' x 10' rug from her house for cleaning. This rug was picked up from her teenager son's bedroom. It was one of the dirtiest ones we have recently received for cleaning.

We dusted the rug for several rounds and then washed it with our certified tested rug shampoo. We rinsed the rug multiple times to make sure there is no residue left in the rug.
Now, this rug looks and smells good again and we hope this client and her son take good care of it for many years to come.
Taking care of rugs is not our job; it is our PASSION!

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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Your Rug Has Fringes and You Don't Like Them!

It is a love/hate matter. Some of our clients love to see fringes/tassels on their rugs, and some hate fringes. The pros say fringes make their rugs look beautiful and more real. Cons say fringes look ugly as they get dirty or damaged by foot traffic or by getting cut in vacuum cleaners. I believe both groups have valid points. It is a matter of taste.

We picked up few rugs from a client for cleaning and repair. He wanted us to get rid of fringes. So this is what we did.



He told us to cut the fringes, but that was not right as it would damage the rug and the end knots would come off. So we folded the fringes and one of our repair technicians on site sewed them back under the rug.


This is what we did to his other beautiful hand knotted Persian Sarouk carpet. We sewed the fringes back. In case if this client changes his mind in the future and would like to see/have the fringes, it is easy to open and bring them back again.


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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Area Rug Cleaning and Repair at Los Angeles Rug Cleaning

We received this area machine made rug. It had many stains and on part on the top right was ripped.
Before cleaning pictures with some nasty stains.
 We hand washed it and it came out clean and pretty.
Picture of the rip/damage
 We fixed the rip and patched the back for extra protection.

It looks beautiful and our client can use and enjoy it again.

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

Rug Cleaning and Moth Damaged/Infested Rugs

We picked up seven severely moth infested rugs from a public storage in west Los Angeles. Moths were flying in the storage units when we picked up these Chinese rugs. This was by far the worst moth case we had seen in years.

These seven rugs were left in storage without cleaning and wrapping of any kind. It took us several hours to do a preliminary vacuuming to bring them into our shop to take pictures, measure them and process them for a deep hand wash.

The deep cleaning is done now and we contacted the client and offered to do the moth treatment/spray. She wants to store them again and we offered professional wrapping and sealing of the rugs. We should hear from her today.
This is after cleaning picture of one of the rugs. There were thousands of live moths jumping up and down in this rug when we picked it up.
 
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-770-9085