My first trip to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey on temporary duty, I could not for the life of me understand the excitement about "going rug shopping."
I honestly just didn't get it. So when we got there, and headed out to the shops in Adana, I was ready to stop at the first store and be done with it, but my more experienced rug-buying friends, said "no."
So on they dragged me down the street to Yellow Star Carpets where we were ushered into an "upper room."
Once upstairs, my eyes widened in amazement as I saw piles and piles of beautiful handmade wool and silk rugs with sales people ready and willing to make a deal.
At the time, I was using a lot of American Indian art and wanted a geometric pattern with reds and blues.
I had never bought a real, handmade, wool rug before, so I had no idea what I was doing or what I was getting. Luckily, I was with some very experienced rug buyers, so they helped me out not only with choosing a good rug, but also with negotiating a fair price. I should also mention some of the people with me -- well-known musicians and managers, were buying rugs priced in the thousands...and more than one:-)
I found a gorgeous "Yahyali" Turkish rug, like the one above, and started to negotiate. After settling on $450 USD, I paid for it with a credit card, but I was still anxious about paying so much for a rug. The exchange rate is about 46 Lira to $1, so I almost panicked when I saw the receipt. They wrapped it carefully, and I personally carried it back through four more countries before reaching the U.S.
I was so in love with it, that I bought another, bigger one the next year:-) This photo is from several years ago after we first moved into our house. This one has a little stronger red and was 7 x 11, which I got for around $550.
I loved that rug, but *one* rule of decorating I just can't break is "an area rug must be large enough for at least the front feet of the furniture to sit on. " I personally just don't like a "floating" rug and the 7 x 11 size made this one float if I changed the furniture around. And I like to move the furniture around. A lot.
So I discovered ebay and found that I could get an antique Persian rug for $250 or less:-) So I actually bought 3, sold two, and ended up with this huge 9 x 12 one I loved. I won one of them for $79, but it was kind of thread-bare. Go figure.
It was wonderful while I was using red. But I had been using red since 1995.
So when I gradually migrated over to the blues and pinks, I sent it to consignment. Where it still sits. (I'll make a good deal to somebody:-)
Any whoooo....after I sold the brown leather furniture and brought back in the antiques, I needed something to make it all work together, so I got a creamy shag rug. I know--big difference.
But I started missing my Persian rug:-( So I started searching on ebay, craigslist, etc., only to find that I cannot afford one. Now, I have been blessed to work with some great companies as a blogger and have benefitted greatly...but not with a rug dealer. Or a countertop company. Oh well, a girl can dream.
Here's what I'm dreaming about...
...an antique wool Heriz. Wouldn't those colors work so well in my living room? This 8 x 11 was listed at $997 on ebay, but I noticed the company would list the same rug several times, some for "buy it now" and some for bidding starting very low, then remove them later so that sent up a red flag to me. One sold for around $500, and another for around $300/
As an alternative, Overstock has this beautiful wool 8 x 10 rug for $289, but I think the red is too red.
I like this wool rug which is listed at $337...still a bargain for a wool rug but not my *dream* rug.
This $6,000 rug is a bargain on ebay at only $599...
This beautiful Tabriz is another ebay bargain at only $2,800.
I won this small persian for .99 last fall on ebay, so it kind of spoils a person.
So I find myself dreaming about a trip to Turkey and a visit to Yellow Star Carpets for something like this...
...or this one.
...then I wake up and realize my chances of going back to Turkey and affording this kind of rug are slim and none.
But that's ok. A girl can dream:-) I guess the point is I'd rather have a creamy, shag rug than some sort of polypropylene imposter.
But then I could always go back to red...
If you would like to dream, head over to Yellow Star Carpets and browse.
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