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.
The Grateful Dead always performed on Persian carpets. Rug Rag takes a look at what The Dead, as they are now known, walk around on.
And speaking of rugs, here's a 5X6 Bakhtiari "flower bed" design I like. I now must brace myself for the rug expert readers to inform me of everything that is wrong with it...Our rug expert readers must understand that our rugs get rough treatment. They are subject to ice-melting salt, dogs, driveway gravel, work boots, mud, and the occasional spilled glass of red wine. Truly special antique rugs would a shame to use and abuse as we do. New-made rugs? Wouldn't touch 'em. Vulgar, garish-looking junk, most of it, with all the character of a Woolworth's velvet kitten picture.
I played in a band growing up and through college. We like to play on oriental or Persian rugs too.
First, the rugs were comfortable to stand on and the fusion jams we played transitioning from song to song (a technique completely inspired by the Dead) were sometimes long. Second, the rugs were sophisticated, intricate and stimulating - both intellectually and emotionally. Third, there was something visually calming about the rugs that was beneficial when playing.
Those were fun days. Now, I jam with my nephews whenever we can. They call the "band" "Me & My Uncle".
You're learning.Everything is wrong with it and the treatment you describe is entirely appropriate.And if you really think new rugs are vulgar,garish etc.,you have been looking in the wrong places.
Incidentally,a carpet with this design is known as a 'garden'carpet.Best wishes.
Can't stand wall-to-wall carpet; I can't keep it clean, and it's ugly even when it's new. Give me tile or wood floors with asian rugs any day. When necessary, they can be hauled outside, hung over the porch railing, and cleaned with a garden hose. They're available in prices for every budget, from beer to champagne.
Texan99 ... Oriental rugs are beautiful, especially gently used ones. I love to look at them. But once you pass 75, there are other practical considerations which make wall-to-wall carpeting attractive. If you fall on them [and after age 75, at least in this house, that's a genuine hazard] they can spare you a broken hip. Our carpeting has the very thick padding underneath, and it has spared me at least twice from broken bones. The footing is safe because it is even from room to room without variations in level. And hardwood floors, beautiful as they are, are, well,*hard* when you fall on them. If it comes to a choice of being relatively safe from falls at home or having to move to "a nursing home storage facility," staying in my own home while sacrificing some beauty in my surroundings, home wins out every time.
But I do love Oriental carpets. Or aren't we allowed to call them Oriental carpets any more?