Rugs. We have established that I prefer the open loop/cut pile of a Gabeh. I also prefer finished edges and a small fringe. I do adore a lot of the Moroccan-inspired shag rugs around with the diamonds and such, but I wonder it they are not so pervasive as to be a fad. Will my den look dated in 2 years because of the rug?
But, I did fall madly in love with this one:
I saw it in person (well, a swatch) and had to be forcibly removed from standing there petting it. But, again, the trend issue had me not pulling the trigger to order it, even though the den was in need. You see, the den was sporting the other Gabeh that we brought with us from HH1. It's a nice rug and has really not had a home these last few years. It still has none. It was just too small for the den. It made the room choppy.
I tried it in the office, too, but it was meh in there. I may return it to there, though, as this little gem moves around:
Yeah, I bought it. Or a close proxy for the one above. It's actually fluffier and gray-er. The ladies at the Dash & Albert/Annie Selke/Pine Cone Hill outlet told me it was a sample and a version that did not actually go into production. I'll call it my "one-of-a-kind-78-dollar rug." Yes $78. Crazy town. It's only 3' x 5', but I'm thinking it may go on the floor of the master closet or something.
I also bought a rug for the den while I was there. And, no, it's not perfect, but it was also so crazy at 1/4 of regular price that I just did it. It's only 5' x 8' and I think a 6' x 9' would be better, but all my rugs are technically too small for their rooms, so why stop now?
I guess this is the one place where constant moving is detrimental, you have to deal with rugs that are not quite perfect. But, who cares, right? It's a rug. As long as it's not doing any harm and I'm not filling storage facilities with cast offs, it's all good.