I came back from my trip to Pakistan in July last year and while I was there I bought a lovely Esfahan rug from central Iran…. which has been living ever since rolled up on the floor in my bedroom because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to hang it and I definitely didn’t want to sew a strip on it or anything that would cause damage to it.
So a couple of weeks ago I took it to a rug dealer in Brisbane called Urban Tribes and thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and have them do an insurance valuation and sew a strip on it for me to allow it to be hung up. It was probably a pretty good sign that it was a nice rug when the staff all came out and started oohing and aahhing over it 🙂 The valuation came back with a nice surprise it is apparently valued at more than twice what I paid for it which is kinda cool. You always get a little bit worried that you might get ripped off when shopping overseas. Well I worry about it… especially in shopping environments that require bartering. I hate bartering and would much prefer if they’d just give a fair price so I can decide if I want it or if can afford it. Can’t stand the stuffing around and the time wasted going back and forth. (Mr K is the exact opposite and I remember him arguing hard with some ladies in Indonesia over about 50c when I was buying sarongs!)
I picked up my rug last week and now it’s finally hanging on my wall and I must say it looks even better than I remember when I first bought it. I can’t believe how well the colours in it go with my house – it’s like it was made for the place all burgundy, navy and gold/mustardy colours. Normally you should do it the other way around – choose the rug (or artwork) and build up the decor around it, but I must have just gotten lucky I guess.
See abeekay ? I’m trying hard to look for positives already … though admittedly they are ones from 15mths ago! 🙂