Utah Rugs: R & R With Mr. Hamid Bashir

R & R

Even area rugs need a little “R & R” from time to time…no not rest and relaxation, but repair and restoration! Fine rug weaving is a centuries old artistic tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation; from father to son, mother to daughter. Created by the quick moving, skillful hands of dedicated and fantastic artists living throughout all parts of the world, area rugs are created in such fantastic detail and skill that they often outlive their original owners. However, as much as area rugs are the perfect marriage of form and function, they still need to be reconditioned and mended when damaged. To repair or restore an area rug one must have a lifetime of gathered experience learning the art. One must also be both an artist, and an admirer of another’s work. By continuously honing in on their artistry and handiwork, some weavers have become true masters of the art form.

Mr. Hamid Bashir

We at Utah Rugs are fortunate to have working with us one of the nation’s Top 10 rug repair and restoration experts, Mr. Hamid Bashir (cue trumpets and man with a scroll yelling, “HERE YE! HERE YE!”) Mr. Hamid Bashir is a fifth generation master weaver with over 40 years of experience in the art. He began his education and training as an apprentice at the young age of 13 working under the guiding eye of his father who was also a master weaver. He came to the US at the age of 18 to continue pursuing his passion and to share his wisdom and knowledge with a new generation of weavers. Today, he guides his young apprentices and technicians as he was taught; using the same methods and techniques passed on to him.

It is with his guiding eye and knowledge, he and his team of technicians are able to restore area rugs to their original condition; bringing out the beauty locked within area rugs that has been neglected and making the repairs with nearly undetectable results (think Batman meets weaving). Their work is done entirely by hand and it requires a keen eye for detail and steady patience.

Repair & Restoration Specializations

Our expert repair and restoration service technicians specialize in the repair of:

  • End, corner and side (selvage) fray
  • Large and small interior holesThin areas
  • Tears
  • Rips
  • Moth damage

To learn more about Utah Rugs Repair and Restoration of area rugs you can visit our websites service section. There you will find more information about our company and frequently asked questions. What we do is simply unbeWEAVE-ABLE! (see what I did there). #ForTheLoveOfRug


A Thief Steals Rug Doctor!

Is there a doctor in the house?! Is there a doctor in the house?!…particularly one that specializes in rugs? Another rug bandit has struck again but this time, he’s taken the rug doctor! (cue old school Batman suspense music). Willie Smith (no relation to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s Will Smith) was arrested on Monday in San Bernadino  on suspicion of stealing $13,000 worth of  Rug Doctor machines.  Smith would rent the Rug Doctor machines and then sell them on Craigslist to buyers who were unaware they were stolen merchandise. His devious plan began to come undone when a customer called up the Rug Doctor company to inquire information about  repairing the machine (you’d think a doctor would already know how to repair itself). Smith was arrested at the 6900 block of Conejo Drive in San Bernardino, and was booked into West Valley Detention Center  in Rancho Cucanmonga on suspicion of burglary and grand theft. No actual doctors were hurt in the event.



Rug Love Of The Day (#RLOTD)

Happy Humpday everyone! We’ve almost made it to another weekend! But in the meantime we should still be thankful for today because there are never any bad days only some better than others. So if you’re currently reading this that means you have the opportunity to do something that makes you feel more alive than ever! With that being said I present you with today’s Rug Love Of The Day: a handmade, Pakistani, wool composed rug from our Utopia Collection! It has a very simple design that is emphasized with vivid colors. The neutral base color of the rug makes it usable for many different decorative scenarios around the house, while the colors of  its design allow it to not become a victim of being completely boring! To view this rug and many more you can visit our website where we have a plethora of area rugs that may tickle your fancy! I hope everyone has a great rest of the day and remember whatever you decide in your house…do it for the Love of the rug! #RLOTD #ForTheLoveOfRug

Rug #2822

The Foco Rojo Rug by. Ariel Rojo

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This is a very interesting and artistic rug created by Ariel Rojo. This rug portrays Mexico City at night from a satellite view. It’s  features are composed of 100% wool and was presented at the  abierto mexicano de diseño 2013. The orange specs represent the 25 million populated within the federal district and metropolitan area; one of the most populated areas in the world. With this overpopulation comes crisis, insecurity, corruption and crime, yet despite these political issues; art, design, architecture, music and many other creative disciplines are beginning to engender within the land. Rojo states, “All lights represented in the rug reflect the individuals who inhabit the city and the huge possibility and promise that it could bring to them if all of those lights were seeking the common welfare.” This piece very fascinating not only for its’ design but because of the meaning within its design. It’s a representation that even in the most struggling places there is still hope for prosperity no matter what your situation may be. It is also a representation of how powerful creativity is and how it is constantly changing the world. It makes you question what you’re doing or what you’re not doing do have an impact on the world. With opportunities more abundant than they’ve ever been today and more technological advances, how dare we not do something to impact the world. How dare we accept mediocrity to exist. Open hearts and you open minds. Find the time.

Rug Love Of The Day (#RLOTD):

Hello and Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween weekend and their EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP! WOO WHOO! What better way to start off the month of November then with this phantasmagorical (that’s right people break out your dictionary.com app…unless this qualifies me as a complete nerd to which I’ll ask you to please totally disregard that reference) handmade, wool and bamboo silk, Tibetan weave Rug Love Of The Day  pick! The reason this special rug was chosen today is because of its blue, grey and off-white holiday festive colors! We are now in the thick of the holiday season with Halloween always kicking it off right and leading us right into the next upcoming holidays such as Thanksgiving! (Did anyone else just get hungry?…No? Just me? Okay then moving on!) This Indian rug screams festive and can be used to be decorative all year round; whether falling into Autumn or springing into Spring! Check out this rug and many more on our website and find your Rug Mate today! If you see any rugs on the site that interest you and  feel should be nominated as the #RLOTD, feel free to comment below and tell us why you think it should! I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their Monday and remeber there are never any bad days only some better than others! #RLOTD #ForTheLoveOfRug

Rug 32633

Salt Lake City’s Utah Rugs: The Meaning of Expert Cleaning

You’ve just become the proud owner of a newly purchased area rug and finally have it situated within your home just the way you like. There you stand looking down upon your rug  with complete and utter bliss; happy about the way it fits in with the rest of its furnished friends. Perhaps sad (to some), but true, you look at your newly purchased area rug as a delicate new life that you’ve brought into your home and you happily cherish it in your own way. Just like anything in life that you have a sense of pride and passion for, you feel it is your duty to protect and upkeep the character and dignity of your area rug (cue super hero background music). Utah Rugs can help you in your fight against destruction and crime!…well more like destruction grime. When it comes to Ghosts “who you gonna call?!”…The Ghostbuster’s of course, but when it comes to cleaning rugs, Utah Rugs is the definition and meaning of expert cleaning.

Dirt Determination: How To Determine If Your Rug Needs Cleaning

With over 32 years of experience Utah Rugs are experts in making sure your area rug gets the royal treatment it deserves. Our expertise lies within cleaning all types of area rugs in the most efficient and safest way possible and we strive to maintain the highest level of excellence in service and quality. The “rugly” truth is your carpet sees a lot of action, particularly in areas like kitchens, hallways or foyers. For rugs in high traffic areas, it’s recommended that they be cleaned every 6 months to a year while the average rug needs to be cleaned only every 2 to 3 years. How do you determine if your rug needs cleaning you ask?  Here are a few steps you can take to find out:

Step 1: Vacuum the rug thoroughly back and forth, making sure to get as much dirt and particles off of the surface of the rug as possible.

Step 2: Open the pile and look deep inside the rug to the foundation. This is where vacuums can’t reach. If dirt has remained here, your rug needs cleaning

Step 3: Take a white cloth slightly dampened with water and sample a small area of the rug surface. If the cloth comes up dirty, your rug needs cleaning. (I know, “Duh” right)

Step 4: Flip your rug over and place it on a hard surface. Then vacuum the back of the rug with a vacuum that has a rotating beater bar. Be sure to be careful when vacuuming not to catch the fringes! After a few minutes of vacuuming, pick up the rug and if there is dirt is on the floor, your rug needs cleaning.

Who You Gonna Call…Seriously.

Before you decide on who’s going to clean your area rug, you first need to find out how much experience they have cleaning area rugs and how they plan on cleaning it. If you choose to clean it yourself, get in contact with us first to get an idea of what type of maintenance and area rug cleaning should be employed to keep it in top condition. You can visit our main website which is a website where you will find tips and information on proper cleaning and care for you rug. In all cases, the best advice is to have your rug professionally cleaned by a reputable and knowledgeable company that specializes in cleaning area rugs only.

Our Process and Technique 

When we receive your rug, it’s first put through an inspection process where any damages, stains or odors are noted. If there is any considerable damage that needs special attention, we’ll inform you of how we plan to proceed. At this point we repair or secure the damaged areas of the rug so further damage won’t be caused by the cleaning process. After preliminary repairs are made, high-pressure air is used on the front and the back of the rug to literally blow away years of built up silt and sediment from deep within the rug foundation. This important step cleans the area rug without causing any adverse effects. Depending on the size of the rug and how dirty it is, this step may take up to 2 or more hours to complete.

After dusting, your rug is then tested for colorfastness, any stains are identified and spot treated, and any odors are eliminated using an enzymatic compound designed specifically for treating pet and other tough odors. Depending on what type of rug you have for us to clean it is either saturated with water or kept dry. Wet washing is the best method for cleaning an area rug. If the rug is deemed suitable for wet washing by our technicians, it’s brought to a rug bath where it’s saturated with water and a special biodegradable pH balanced shampoo is applied to the surface and the back of the rug. This shampoo is much like the shampoo you use every day to wash your hair and won’t harm the fibers the rug.

After your rug has been shampooed on both sides, it’s repeatedly rinsed until all the soap and sediment is removed and the rinse water runs clear. Once complete, the rug is pulled from the bath and most of the excess rinse water is removed. The rug is now ready for our environmentally controlled drying room, and once inside it’s hoisted up and left to hang until it’s completely dry. Once the rug is dry, if your rug has fringes they are separately cleaned, rinsed, dried and then carefully combed by hand. Depending on the type of construction and materials used,some rugs should not be wet washed. For these rugs, after they are inspected, repaired and dusted, they are cleaned using low-moisture suds that are quickly removed. Afterward, the fringes are cleaned and the rug is hung to dry.

A concern people are often worried about is color run, or ‘bleed’ as it’s often referred to. This is the migration of colors into an adjacent color area. Typically, color run is caused by unstable dyes that were improperly applied, or in some cases the fibers of the rug may have been over dyed or the pigments may have been applied after weaving. Color run occurs most often in southwestern rugs and in some cases, Oriental rugs that have been cleaned improperly. For the most part, color run is completely removable. The process involves employing chemical agents, but successful results are determined by the type of color that ran, the amount of bleeding that occurred, and the level of experience and skill of the technician doing the work. Our technicians are trained experts in removing color run without damaging the rug fibers or dramatically altering other colors in the rug.

32 Years

Utah Rugs takes pride in their rugs and the upkeep of their quality. With an innate determination for customer satisfaction and quality rugs, Utah Rugs believes the cleaning and care for your rug is just as important as any other valued commodity. It is their passion for rugs, coupled with their 32 plus years of experience that makes them stand out from the rest.