Color & Dye Services

Restore the beauty of your Oriental Rug.

Rug Color & Dye Work

Oriental rugs are known for their beautiful designs and their gorgeous colors. Sometimes, however, those colors can get a little unwieldy. Under the right set of unfortunate circumstances, the colored dyes in your rugs may bleed, run or even fade.

Burst pipes, excessive sunlight or an overturned coffee urn are all instances where you may find yourself in need of an expert colorist for your rug. Whether you need dyes in your rug removed or re-applied, we are able to help.  

Before: A customer attempted to spot clean a silk rug, and the dyes ran in the process.

After: Dye removers were successfully utilized to remove the colors that had run.

Water Damage Restoration

Water and moisture are no friends of Persian rugs. Plumbing leaks, flooding and improper cleaning techniques can all result in instances of rug color running. You are most likely to notice this when colors such as red or blue bleed into areas that are beige or white. 

No amount of cleaning will remedy this issue, but there are many dye-removal techniques that can be deployed in order to vastly improve your damaged rug. 

  • Our process includes the painstaking application of dye removers using small brushes in order to remove unwanted dyes from your carpet. 
  • Then, if necessary, areas that have lost dye can be re-dyed.

In cases where water damage is not cost-effective to repair, we are happy to assist you in providing your insurance company the proper documentation needed for replacement. Find out more about our rug appraisal and assessment process.

Sun Fading

Over time, the sun can fade your carpets. It happens so slowly that you usually don’t even notice it until you move a large piece of furniture, exposing the non-faded, bright colors underneath. 

When this type of damage occurs, we have the ability to re-dye the faded areas to match either the original color or the less-faded colors in other portions of the rug. 

While we are happy to dye rugs for any customer that requests it, know that fading is not always a bad thing. Some antique rugs are actually worth more because they have a lovely aged patina. Where you run into problems with fading is when it is uneven. In order to prevent this, consider rotating your rug yearly so all areas of the rug are equally exposed to the sun.        

Dye-Based Stain Removal

The most difficult stains are dye-based stains – red wine, coffee, tea, juice or pet urine. When these stains are not attended to in a timely fashion, they become a permanent part of your rug that no amount of spot cleaner can remove. 

We treat these stubborn stains the same as we do rug color running, by carefully utilizing dye removers and small brushes. We have a great track record of dramatically improving the look of any badly stained rug.  

If the colors on your rug are running away from you, please give us a call. Our rug experts can assess the damage to your rug, determine what courses of action are available to you and also follow through on repairs. 

More Rug Services

Jahann and Sons provides a wide variety of rug services including professional cleaning, repairing, appraising and designing.


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From Our Customers

I was super impressed with the service and quality of this rug cleaning service. I called them, they came in two days (they offered to come the next day), gave me an accurate estimate and were polite and careful. Then, when the rug was delivered (also promptly), they arrived and laid out the rug to my liking. The rug looked amazing–we had inherited a dull, not very pretty rug. What came back to us was bright and beautiful without one stain on it. In addition, there was no odor from the cleaning. They were so wonderful to deal with every step of the process. I will never use anyone else!!!

Ann P.

Bethesda, MD

They picked it up and delivered it according to my preference and did a wonderful job cleaning it!! It’s a very old rug so it looks so fresh and bright now!  Also, their pricing beats the competition hands down.

Andrea J.

Bethesda, MD

I am so pleased with my experience with Jahann and Sons! I got a same day pick up of my beautiful Afghan rug; the owner himself picked it up for cleaning! In less than a week it was returned to me in amazing shape and a stain that I was concerned about was almost completely removed! I would highly recommend them for rug cleaning services. I’m so happy with my rug; Thank you so much!

Maria K.

Arlington, VA

Jahann and Sons has great prices and even more fabulous customer service. The owner is an honest and thoughtful man. We were looking for Persian rugs with specific colors and specific geometric patterns (Kahzak). He combed through many many rugs with us, and ultimately sent to his factory not once but twice to have them send several rugs he thought we might like. The first set wasn’t to our liking so he sent for more. He was very patient with us and gave us a great deal for two rugs. They are beautiful hand, woven wool rugs – top quality.

Leslie M.

Kensington, MD

Questions? Call us at 301-530-6660 to speak with one of our specialists.