I’m always on the lookout for a good deal – I frequent goodwill, check Craigslist regularly, and follow a few Facebook pages. I’m not usually looking for something specific, I just look for something to inspire me, and last week that’s exactly what happened when I stumbled upon this:
Immediately I jumped up to measure our living room and it was exactly 10×13 – it’s like it was meant to be! Since I measured it and saw that it would fit I jumped right on it because a mere $100 is a STEAL for a 10×13 rug. I left a comment asking if it was still available, since other people had already expressed serious interest, and said if so, that I was definitely interested, too. My general rule of thumb is so offer nearly full asking price if it’s something I can’t live without, otherwise I try to get them down to as little as they’ll take. In this case I was prepared to spend $75-80. She sent me a message that everyone else had lost interest in the rug because she discovered that all the stains were from pet accidents. That’s nothing to rain on my parade. I replied that it would require renting a rug doctor and quite a bit of down and dirty work, so how much was she willing to take? And guess what? She said we could have it for FREE! Yep. Free. I think she had reached the point where she wanted rid of it more than she wanted to recoup any of the cost from it. Score for me. Once we picked up the rug we could see and smell why. See the yellow stain?
Well, there were a lot of them and they were stinky. Before we started investing time and money into cleaning this rug we did a bit of research about what we were getting. First of all, any rug of that size carries a hefty price tag, but an oriental one is a true gem. Basically an oriental rug is one that hand-woven instead of done by machine. A few quick Google searches and we settled on this checklist as a way to see what we had on our hands:
1. The design is the same on the front of the rug as it is on the back. Check!
2. The fringe goes into the rug, and is not affixed with precise, machined stitches. Check!
3. If the rug has inconsistencies in knot height, and knot thickness. Check!
4. The rug is very malleable. Check!
Four checks means our rug passed the oriental rug checklist! Which means our new rug is easily worth a few thousand dollars.
It’s hard to see, but prices on that website for similar size rugs ranged from $4,000 – $8,000. Double score!
I bought some Nature’s Miracle carpet cleaner and rented a Bissell Big Green Deep Cleaning Machine and spent an entire day scrubbing every square inch of that rug with mediocre results, unfortunately. Thankfully, the smell and odor associated with the stains were gone, but the discoloration remained. Again, not enough to rain on my parade. I think down the line we’ll definitely consider having the rug professionally cleaned, but for now it’ll do. With the intricate floral pattern the stains aren’t actually noticeable from a distance.
It took Michael and I both to drag the rug into the living room because it was HEAVY (!) but finally we could see the fruits of our labor:
I’ve really been into the layered rug look lately, so this gave me the perfect opportunity. The cream rug tones down all that floral and hides some of the more offensive stains. I so love it!
But perhaps you’ve thought of something that I definitely didn’t. Our room is exactly 10×13, which means a rug over the entire living room area would cover both our air duct vents. Womp-womp. One of them is already covered by the couch (we’ve been using a magnetic vent cover over it), so that isn’t a big deal, but we needed at least one! I tried to research this and I read that some people actually cut a hole in their rug and put the vent cover on top. I really wasn’t willing to do that since the countdown until we move out of this house has begun and I’m really hoping our next house has a bigger living room. The only solution was to scoot the rug a few inches away from the wall to expose the vent.
With one solution comes another problem:
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum peeking in through the window up there.
Now the rug sticks out into the walkway. Boo. I would rather it not stick out like that, but it’s not a huge deal.
I also feel like the curtains don’t quite go anymore. The solid teal colored ones that Apollo chewed through the slats in his cage would look so perfect! But since those were chewed to bits, and again with my moving countdown I think I’m just going to have to make do with what I’ve got. This picture also has a sneak peek to a few projects I’ve been working on lately: an easy DIY dog bed, and wedding pictures galore!
Update: The new rug is pup approved!