Saturday, November 12, 2016

Repair and Restoration of Karastan Rugs

Karastan rugs/carpets are made here in the United States with high quality Lamb's wool pile. The company was established in 1926 and introduced its first carpets in 1928.

We receive many Karastan rugs for cleaning and repair, and our customers who have them love them and in many cases these rugs have been in their families for a long time.

We picked up a big 10' x 18' Karastan rug from a client in Rancho Palos Verdes  in south of Los Angeles. This rug was very dusty, and dirty with severe moth damages. The fringes were gone due to decades of foot traffic, and improper vacuuming.

We hand dusted, and washed this rug and rewove all the moth damaged areas. We added fringes to the ends.





Our client was very happy with the results and fell in love with this rug again. She promised to take good care of this beautiful rug!

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bad Customers Who Want to Abuse Small Businesses

Small businesses have to pay increasing rents, city, state, federal taxes, workers comp, water.power, telephone, Internet, insurance bills, employees checks and so many other types of expenses. Our list of expenses has passed 40 different categories.They also provide employment, and the community with some services at their own risks. The owners and their employees have to work hard 6-7 days a week.

It is unfair if a client is too demanding, unreasonable and after he/she receives the service, threatens to get her money back or leaves a negative online review. This is not fair and is abuse of clients' rights.

A client brought in a used, worn out dirty cowhide patchwork for over-dyeing. We told her that we had to clean it first, and then over-dye it. She selected a color from our color chart. Due to the inconsistency of the texture, and wear/tear, we told her the outcome would not be predictable, but we would over dye it with the color she wanted. She agreed and signed our contract. The cowhide patchwork was faded green, and she wanted rust brown. After we called her and let her know that the cowhide was ready, she came in and saw the cowhide and said she wanted it to be darker. My son said this is dark brown and matches the color she had selected. She asked us to go darker. My son wrote a couple of lines mentioning that the result would be unknown and she would accept the risk. She agreed and signed the waiver. We did the over dyeing again with a way darker dye. She came in yesterday and did not like it and said this was not brown enough and wanted her money back. I respectfully told her our services was delivered and she was told that due to the worn texture of the cowhide and its wear and tear, there would be inconsistency. She did not agree and picked up the cowhide to leave. I asked her to sign our work order meaning that she picked up the cowhide, but she refused and left with the cowhide. It is too bad when a customer has unreasonable expectations and when she does not receive the service her way, threatens the business to leave a negative review.



Before Over Dyeing


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

Friday, April 8, 2016

Deep Cleaning Starts with Thorough Dusting at Rug Ideas

Our 10-step deep cleaning and hand washing starts from dusting. If a rug is not dusted properly, a mud bath would be created, and we do not want to give the rug a bath in its own mud.





In some cases our clients do not know how dusty their rugs are until we do a little test in front of them to witness the dust shooting out of their rug.






Individual wet washing, shampooing, and using different types of enzymes on each rug guarantees a good result.


We have a labeling system so if a rug is contaminated with pet accidents and urine it is labeled as such, then we use a different type of enzyme to break down the urine molecules in the wash process. We identify those areas and extract the cloudy water until the water becomes crystal clear to make sure there is no urine/contamination left in the rug.





Fringe detailing is another part of our tedious wash process to make sure fringes are super clean.



Taking before and after cleaning pictures of each rug is another step we take to make sure everything is done properly.

We spend a lot of time and energy on each rug from the beginning to the end of the wash process. This would result in having happy customers.

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Our Latest 5-Star Review We Received on Yelp

5.0 star rating
10/28/2015

 I was pretty blown away by the work they did on my wool rug here.

I have a foster dog that got sick in the middle of the night and quietly sneaked out of my room to turned my house into a crime scene.  I was pretty sure my beautiful living room rug was trash.  I found this place on yelp and took my rug in within a few days.

They completely restored my rug.  They had to wash, deodorize, and color correct it.  It looks almost as good as new, and the odor is totally gone.  The results are better than I could have ever imagined.

**I previously used another rug cleaning service I found highly rated on yelp to come to my home and spot treat the same rug a few weeks prior to bringing it to LA Rug Cleaning.  That service left my rug with large discolored spots that were lighter than the rest of the rug.  LA Rug Cleaning was able to fix that damage as well.

I highly recommend bringing your rugs here.  I won't try anyone else again.
This is the latest review we received from a client.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Certified Rug Appraiser (CRA)
Tel. 310-770-9085


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hand Knotted Indian Rug 9' x 12' 7" For Immediate Sale by the Owner

Hand Knotted Indian Rug for sale by the owner
Approx. Size: 9’ x 12’7”
Foundation: Cotton
Pile: Lamb’s Wool
Design: Corner Central Medallion w/Paisley
Knots per square inch: 225
Item: 5226-2
Price: $2,200
This very pretty hand knotted Indian Rug utilizes a traditional Corner Central Medallion design along with paisley.  It would be a fantastic addition to your home and is made to last for decades to come.
It is roughly thirty years old and is in very good condition.  It has recently been professionally cleaned and sanitized by Rug Ideas of Los Angeles and is ready for immediate use on your floor.
Free Shipping is included to anywhere in the Continental US!
Please email us or call 310.860.0460 for more information.







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

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hand Knotted Large Pakistani Rug For Immediate Sale by the Owner

Hand Knotted Pakistani Rug for immediate sale
Approx. Size: 13’2” x 20’
Foundation: Cotton
Pile: Very good quality lamb’s wool
Design: Four Corners with a Central Medallion
Knots per square inch: 300
Item: 5226-1
Price: $5,699.00
This beautiful large handmade Pakistani rug would add great warmth and character to your large dining or living room. This piece is a true work of art and a labor of love that took more than three years to make. It is roughly thirty years old and is in excellent condition. It has recently been professionally cleaned and sanitized by Rug Ideas of Los Angeles and is ready for immediate use on your floor.
Free Shipping is included to anywhere in the Continental US!
Please email us at info@rugideas.com or call 310.860.0460 for more info or to make a reasonable offer.






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

Sunday, September 27, 2015

How To Sell Your Rug

How To Sell Your Rug

You have a rug and you want to sell it. Selling it to a rug dealer and carrying it in your car trunk is not a good idea. Why? Because rug dealer wants to re-sell the rug, therefore he is not going to offer you a high price. Besides, he has many rugs himself. What is the chance that he can sell your rug faster than his own rugs? Your rug has to sit in his shop for a long time and this will cost him money. He can also buy rugs on credit, but he has to pay you cash since you need the money.   

Try to find a private customer, and an end user. Someone who wants to use the rug on his/her floor. Someone who does not want to resell it. Where can you find such a prospect? This guy could be your friend, a neighbor, a relative, or a coworker.  Don't be shy. Just ask them if they need a rug. Talk to them to see if you can find someone who is interested in buying your rug.

If this does not work, go online. There are many websites on which you can post the pictures and descriptions of your rug. Of course you should know what you have. That is the first step. Otherwise, you cannot sell it because you do not know what that is and what the market price might be. You don't want to put a high price on your rug to make the potential buyers walk away from you. Find an honest rug dealer and preferably a Certified Rug Appraiser. Usually, they have two types of rug appraisals, verbal and written. If it is just for your own information, you do not need a written formal appraisal and the certificate. The appraiser should be able to tell you the origin, age, construction, design, knot per square inch, and the fair market value of your rug.

After you have all the necessary information on your rug, then post them along with a few good pictures (overall, and details) of your rug. If there are damages, be honest and mention them. Try Craig's list which is local and free. You can also try ebay. Besides your asking price, mention that you may consider any reasonable and fair offer. If you post your rug on ebay, include free shipping  in the U.S. continent and in 48 states by UPS ground which is safe and cheap. This eliminates Hawaii and Alaska as the shipping cost to these two states is expensive.  Of course buying insurance which is not that expensive is highly recommended. People love free shipping when they buy something online. After you sell you rug, roll it and wrap it in thick plastic and take it to a UPS store for shipping. The cost of shipping is calculated based on the size and weight of your package. If you rug is big, then fold it in half  or tri-fold it as you do with the letter to put it in an envelope and roll it to become a smaller package. Take a look at this short video to see how you can do this.


For questions or concerns, give me a call to chat. You can reach me at 310-860-0460 or info@rugideas.com


Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Certified Rug Appraiser (CRA)
www.LosAngelesRugCleaning.com
www.RugIdea.com
Tel. 310-860-0460

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Los Angeles Rug Cleaning: A 5-Star Yelp review from an actress and singer.


A 5-Star Yelp review from an actress and singer. Click on the review for a bigger image.

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

Another 5-Star Yelp Review for Los Angeles Rug Cleaning!

Yvonne O.
  • 2 friends
  • 8 reviews
5.0 star rating
9/6/2015
They mop the floor wit other carpet cleaners.
Then they cover that floor with a beautiful rug.
'Cause that's how they do.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Certified Rug Appraiser (CRA)
Tel. 310-770-9085


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tufted Rugs, Hand Tufted Rugs


Tufted Rugs, Hand-Tufted Rugs

Unlike a hand-knotted rug, a tufted rug is made without tying knots on vertical foundation threads called warps. Making a tufted rug takes a fraction of the time to make, and this reduces the cost and time of production. Therefore tufted rugs are cheaper than hand knotted rugs.


Some producers, importers, or dealers use the term "Hand Tufted" rugs to make it sound and look fancier and closer to handmade rugs. Clients who do not know the difference between hand made, and tufted rugs, really think hand tufted rugs are hand made or hand woven. While they are not.



The pile of tufted rugs are usually wool. These rugs are made with a tool called a "tufting gun." These guns can be hand mechanical or electrical guns. Loops of wool are pushed through a backing (also called primary backing) that has been imprinted with the overall design. When the rug maker is through with this process, another foundation, called a scrim is applied with latex glue. The quality of latex glues may be good or bad and this will affect the care and maintenance and durability of the tufted rugs. When this latex glue dries, the final protective cloth backing (also called secondary backing) is applied.



The last step is to shear the rug down so that all of the loops on the top of the rug are cut, and this will create the pile.


Depicting design on canvas, the primary backing

Weaving a hand-knotted rug requires skill and often a lot of time and craftsmanship to produce. The quality and value of a hand-knotted carpet is determined by the number of knots per square inch, material used, country of origin, size, age, provenance (who has owned the rug!), condition, etc.


Electric Tufting gun


An Indian weaver using a simple hand tufting gun


A Chinese weaver using an electric tufting gun

A good quality hand-knotted rug, can become a collector's item, and antique by the passage of time; of course this cannot be true for all types of hand knotted rugs, because there is a whole range from poorly made to high end ones. Hand-tufted rugs never quite achieve the heirloom status and they cannot become collectibles or antique.

When it comes to care and maintenance of rugs, it is possible to remove the pet urine stain and smell from a hand knotted or even area rug (machine made). However, due to the fabric backing and latex glue on the back of tufted rugs, it is almost impossible to remove the pet odor smell and stain 100% from such rugs.


Tufted rugs when new, look nice and beautiful, but by passage of time, vacuuming, and foot traffic, the latex glue disintegrates and powdered glue comes out of the rug. Cleaning of any kind, will not stop the white powder and disintegrating latex glue coming off the back of tufted rugs. Almost all types of hand knotted and machine made rugs can be wet washed and submerged. Due to the fabric and latex glue in the back, tufted rugs cannot be fully wet washed and cannot be submerged. And this eliminates the chance of complete pet odor removal as the smell bonds with the latex glue specially if cleaning is not done right after the pet accident happens. 


Buying a tufted rug is not bad, but at least we should know what we're buying and be aware of the care and maintenance limitations! It is cheaper than hand knotted rugs, but not easier to maintain and care for.

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