The Rug Search Concludes

Don't you love it when you are searching for something and it winds up being right under your nose? That's what happened with my search for a rug to go in the living room on our lower level. I think I'm going to call it the den? I don't know.

Anyway, the room is huge, about 12.5' by 18' and there's a fireplace hearth that cuts into the room in the middle by about a foot. Upstairs, I used two identical rugs side-by-side to fill the living room, but for this room, I wanted one rug. I originally thought we'd have one made at Floor Fashions of Virginia, but the remnants in stock that I liked weren't quite large enough for the space we had. In addition, the remnant I liked there was dark and I worried that it was too dark for a room that gets light from a sliding glass door in an adjacent addition on the west side of the house.
A fabulous rug was right under my nose the entire time. I even mentioned it in a previous post about the last Leftover Luxuries sale here in Charlottesville. There was a 12' x 17' rug at the last sale that would work so well in our space. It was primarily gold with some burgundy in it (along with other colors, but we're trying to give Marc a nod to his Redskins here).

I called my father to talk about the rug a little bit because he knows quite a bit about them. He spent a good amount of time doing business in the Middle East at a time when the only thing to do after work was done was go to the souq. He picked up a lot from the rug merchants as they flipped their rugs. When I was in grade school, I got to watch him in action when there was a oriental rug sale at the Women's Club (not sure these are everywhere, but it's akin to a private club) on our street. I remember the rugs flipping for what seemed like hours and my father inspecting the knots on the reverse side of the rugs that interested him. He wound up buying a rug and one of the men had to wheel it home for us on a dolly because it was so heavy.

Anyway, my father pointed out that it's hard to judge a rug by the front. You really have to inspect the back, but he guessed the one at the sale was from Pakistan. Marc also texted a picture to a friend of ours who is an expert on oriental rugs (more on that soon!) and he thought it was Pakistani as well. In light of the size, he thought the rug was a solid deal.

I'm picking the rug up in a few days and I can't wait to see it in our house.


  1. Rugs are so tricky. Good ones are such an investment (and rightly so) but knowing what to look for and whether or not you are getting a good deal can feel so overwhelming. I understand how much time & effort can go into a rug (especially those made by hand) but, at the same time, you don't want to feel like you were hoodwinked. The more I learn about rugs, the harder it is, I think.

    At the end of the day, letting go of, "Am I getting a good deal?" in favor of "Is this rug worth this price to ME?" has made it a little easier. Still lots more to learn.

    This rug is lovely!

  2. Oooh, I love it! Sometimes Oriental rugs can be so dark, but this one is light and bright!

    Just found your blog...I went to UVA so I have a special place in my heart for Charlottesville!


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