My sister has been looking for a new living room rug. Since I love helping people spend their money I decided to tag along. We drove to the Stark Carpet Outlet which is ten minutes outside of Charlotte. They had good prices on their stock of Persian rugs and as expected for Stark they had really beautiful things. I really loved this one that had hint of pink in it and would love a bedroom rug like this one day (hint hint hub).
It reminded me of something that could be in any of these rooms from Mrs. Howard:
Images from Mrs Howard Personal Shopper
BUT before we left Stark, we walked into the back room and it was like a Turkish Bazaar- it was filled with rows of dhurries and kilims for really good prices. I found myself climbing over rolled up rugs and digging to check out colors and patterns.
I love a good stripe and that one above reminded me of a casual look like this:
Image from Domino Mag featured on Flickr
Image from Southern Accents
I ended up getting fixated on these French needlepoint vintage linen rugs. I dont know much about them but i loved their color combinations and funky patterns. I couldnt decide between these two but i ended up getting the second one:
I didnt even know rugs like these existed - there were so many pretty ones. Most had borders like the first image. I snatched up the second one (approx 3x5) for about $50. I started thinking of what I would do with it. I loved the cool crazy diamond pattern and that blue and yellow combo. These rugs are a little thin and perishable for my floors- kids and dogs would slip and slide all over them. So, I ended up making pillows out of them. They now sit in my den. They are huge, duarable and my husband uses them every night when he falls asleep on the sofa so they must be pretty comfortable. The kids use them to sit on the floor too. They look great even if now I need to reupholster the rest of the room to match them....