The Rug Doctor

I went to the Rug Doctor and my rug is all better.  C. Harb’s Rugs is the best.  They do what they say they are going to do and do it right.  No complaints.  Thanks.

~ Mrs. Perneskie, Jacksonville Beach, FL

Rug Stains

My dog stained my rug, but the Rug Doctor made it look like new again.  Now the dog can do it again and I’m not going to fret.  Many thanks to the best rug people in the business.

~ Jackie Wilson, Jacksonville, FL

Rug Repair

I took my rug to C. Harb’s Rugs to have it repaired after some damage during moving.  They made it look like new.  Thank you, Rug Doctor!

~ Mr. Johnson, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

What is a Persian Rug?

A Persian Rug is an oriental rug woven in Persia, which is modern day Iran. This has been the classic country of origin for fine handknotted rugs for many centuries. By law, the dyes used in these rugs cannot be synthetic, but natural only.
A Persian rug will have a more specific name, like Heriz, Sarouk, Kashan, Tabriz, Mahal, Qum, Isphahan, etc., which many suppose is assigned according to design elements or construction details. Actually, these names refer to the city the particular rug was woven in, and though they usually will share construction types with others from the same city, the look of the rugs with the same name can be very different.
A point of pride among Persian weavers is that they consider their product to be a work of art, not a floor covering. Though many rugs will seem very similar, each is a unique piece, and Persians will generally refuse to weave the same exact design twice. Antique Persian rugs are highly sought after, and can bring unbelievable prices from collectors.
I have seen and restored many fine examples of fine Persian rugs from my customers in Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, and Orange Park, as well as Jax. Please contact me if you have any questions on this topic.

Charlie Harb
C. Harb’s Rugs

What is an Oriental Rug?

So often I have customers who ask me “How can you tell if a rug is a real oriental rug?” There is no one ironclad answer to this question, but there are some general guidelines when trying to determine if a rug is a genuine handknotted work of art or a reproduction.
Does the design on the rug show through on the back of the rug? If not, its not handknotted.
Is there a fringe on the rug? If so, does it appear to be an extension of the rug itself, or added on? Unless the rug is very old and has had an original fringe replaced, a fringe that has been added to the ends of a rug is a strong sign that the rug is a reproduction.
Check the sides of the rug. Does the yarn overcasting go all the way through the rug, or is there a stitch, visible from the back, that secures the yarn? A visible stitch would not be a characteristic of the way a true oriental is made, but rather how a machine finish would be done.
I have been serving my customers’ rug needs in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Fernandina Beach, and St. Augustine for many years. Don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of service.

Charlie Harb
C. Harb’s Rugs
(904) 733-0203

Pet stains on oriental rugs

The retired couple from Amelia Island called about their elderly dog having had an accident on their antique Persian rug. The lady from St. Augustine was panicked because her cat had “marked” a corner of her new oriental rug.The mother from Ponte Vedra was upset her young son’s new puppy had “christened” their fine silk area rug.
The situations were different, but the advice I gave was the same–any fresh urine accident should be blotted up, then saturated with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water, throughly blotted again, and allowed to dry. This will stop any ongoing damage. Any accidents not immediately attended to will need a professional oriental rug cleaner who specializes in urine removal to apply the special chemistry and technique to remove the residues–standard cleaning alone will not do it. As the premier oriental rug cleaners in NE Florida, we take great pride in our ability to remove fresh and old pet stains from rugs.  Contact us if we can be of help.

Charlie Harb

C. Harb’s Rugs

(904) 733-0203


Oriental Rug Sales

Every so often you will see advertised a Going Out of Business sale for oriental rugs or Persian rugs, or an auction sale for area rugs.  An especially common format is a furniture store going out of business featuring rugs offered for liquidation–even though these furniture stores never sold such rugs to begin with!  What gives?  As it turns out, there are companies whose sole function is to go from city to city looking for venues to offer inferior or damaged rugs for sale which are tagged with inflated “original” prices those rugs NEVER sold for only to offer discounts of 60%, 70%, 80%, or 90% off those fabricated prices in order to induce someone to buy based on a misconception.  When the buyer eventually reconsiders, the seller is long gone.

I can’t count the number of times an excited buyer has come to my store seeking an independent appraisal of his buy only to leave sorely disappointed.  Only buy your fine oriental rug from an established dealer.  My family has been in the oriental rug business for 3 generations, and every handknotted rug comes with an open-ended trade-in option. Our customers in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Amelia Island, and St. Augustine know we clean, repair, and service everything we sell.  Have questions?  Feel free to contact me.

Charlie Harb

C. Harb’s Rugs

(904) 733-0203

Oriental Rug Care

So, you are the proud owner of an oriental rug!  Whether it be a persian rug or other fine handknotted rug, a regular vacuuming is always a good idea–just be careful to avoid the fringes.  They are the most fragile part of the rug and are susceptible to damage.  Every year or so a 180 degree rotation of the rug is recommended to even out wear due to traffic patterns.  Also, at a similar interval, flipping the rug over and slowly vacuuming the back with a beater bar vacuum will vibrate out a layer of dust and sand (a particular problem here in Jacksonville) which conventional vacuuming has missed.  Just sweep it up, vacuum the top of the rug again, and you are set for another year of enjoyment.  Feel free to contact me for other tips.

——Charlie Harb

(904) 733-0203


Rug Tips

Few possessions can be enjoyed as much, or used as long, as a handknotted oriental rug. It is very important, however, to have proper guidance regarding cleaning and care of your Persian rug or other handknotted area rugs. As a third generation rug expert from my home base in Jacksonville, FL, I am happy to advise on issues such as rug cleaning, oriental rug repair, or rug appraisal. Just drop me an email or give me a call!

—–Charlie Harb