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Saturday, January 15, 2011

How do I know a rug costs a fortune?

1. In promotional photos, it's draped elegantly over the railing of a quaint French apartment. Artfully-placed watering can and bicyclette = $$$.

2. It's being introduced at Maison et Objet next week by a sibling design duo who are on speed dial with companies like Alessi, Established and Sons, Issey Miyake, and Cappellini. The brothers will say the rug is made of wool spun by the hands of artisans in a distant land. Romantical backstories = $$$$.

3. I want to roll around on it for hours, much like the gentleman in the photo above. Visceral attraction to an inanimate object = $$$$$.

[Yatzer]

16 comments:

Sarah (La Maison Boheme) said...

Finally following your blog... what was wrong with me? I thought I was... but I wasn't. But now I am and all is right with the world. xoxo

woodley park-zoo said...

I have a flickr tag 'rugofmydreams'... I think this may warrant a new entry...

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

...and no doubt, it will be called a "carpet."

Space by Eliana Tomas said...

i'm very picky when it comes to select rugs. i like wooden floors so rugs need to be super special and engaging. when i was doing interior design i used to work with a spanish brand, which is indeed one of my favorite ever companies - nanimarquina. i'm sure they're gonna be at Maison & Object

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

yup...can pretty much guarantee that little pretty will me mucho dineros- it is quite delish though.

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

oh i saw this too...and thought yes, please. and also thought of you immediately.
*nutpower

Raina Cox said...

Eliana - That's the maker of this rug!

The Down East Dilettante said...

Nicely played

Elenka said...

...plus, it's ugly, and we are led to believe it's not. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Yep,

"Visceral attraction to an inanimate object = $$$$$."
That's pretty much Nero's permanent mental state. In fact, the better and more romantical the backstory, the more I love, want, need.
I could definitely see this splayed out somewhere at Casa Lampshade.
And what's more, could you imagine a blogger's field trip to M&O? It would be blissful bedlam of the best kind.
Alcira

nerochronicles.com

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

It reminds me of a sweater from the seventies. And I like it.

Kelly

erin@designcrisis said...

And your writeup is priceless.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Ooo very nice... liking the pattern, the shape, the edges...
Unfortunately my rug budget is like $250 max right now. Do you think its over that??

tehe. I kid.

Rachel said...

Love this post!!

How can you tell a rug's expensive?? Well, it's too special to just have squared edges, it has cut-ins, like it has been torn and repaired over the years.
It also has faux wear to make it look centuries old and deserving of the faux tears and repairs.

But having it's own ad?? Should tell ya right there.


I will say, though, that the best looking rugs are always the most expensive.... they have the most original and creative patterns and colorations, plus they look "real" - not like they just popped off a loom, all perfect.

And of course these rugs are waaaaay more expensive than most people can afford.... hence why sisal and seagrass are so popular right now!

Charlotta Ward said...

It's stunning! Thanks for sharing.
x C

modernvintage said...

I need it! (or are the advertising gods just telling me i'm nothing w/o it??)