We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Let's say you get your hands on a fascinating 100+ year-old Caucasian rug (like the 3x5 Kuba/Shirvan in the photo), and do not want to destroy it and its history by having it walked on, cat-scratched or dog-chewed or dog-peed. (They were made for bare feet, and all Caucasian rugs were rather small.)
Well, you can hang it like a tapestry - like the work of art which it is, and focus on the details and patterns that you would cease to notice if you put it on the floor.
BD, the very first time you showed a picture of one of these beauties, I told you they belong on the wall. I hope that thing you call a dog didn't poop or pee on that new investment you bought. You need professional help if you but it on the floor.
With the price tags they carry. The wall is a no brain-er. You must be receiving TARP money. : )
I'm sure they work fine, but I would think that those clips ultimately would damage the edges after several years. That's quite a bit of weight. We had loops sewn onto a Navajo rug and hung it from a rod, though I don't expect you would want to do that in this case. During that time, I thought of an alternative in two thin pieces of wood bolted together - one against the wall and the other in front of the rug, sandwiching the rug between the two and holding it clear of the wall by about an inch or so.
Don't be too sure about being able to keep it away from pets. One night while wandering out to the kitchen I found the cat (named Skookumchuk, by the way) dangling from one paw midway up the expensive and once-pristine Navajo rug...
Hey Skookumchuk: Contact DA Burns in Ballard. They are very fine craftsman and would have the best way for you to preserve that Navajo rug! I believe that running a long (horizontal) tube of fabric behind the rug is the acceptable form--but don't hold me to that. Obviously there is the option to place it between two pieces plexi and bolt them together--much like a valuable poster. As for me--well, if I had that very famous white/with black stripes rug--I would keep it on the couch (now that the cat is gone!)
I have multiple rugs and quilts, some of which have experienced LOTS of pet and women in spliked heels (worse than pets). From my Mideast friends:
"If you want to hang them (only the small --- 3 x 4), stitch one vertical and one horizontal strip of acid-free cloth, then post them an inch away from the wall. Shift the horizontal/vertical position every year or so to prevent the warp/weft from stretching out. Never place them in sunlight.
I would appreciate more info as I so enjoy such works and would like to pass them on to the next generation in the best condition possible.
Larger rugs: on the floor. Be cautious about padding them too much as spiked heels will sink in and damage the structure."
Sometimes--not often--the left adopts a good idea from another culture. The Japanese tradition of removing shoes at the door (inside or out) and then putting on a slipper that never meets the public streets, is a very comforting practice. It also helps to keep the place clean and shoes off of those wonderful rugs!
Ah so, apple pie. Very good advice. I have purchased lots of "sockies" and keep them in a basket by the front door. Second basket for "used" sockies when people leave. Must have little grippers on bottom so people don't slip on waxed floors, but great oinestment otherwise.