An eclectic array of memorabilia lines the walls and corners of the day room: an old diverâs helmet, a Chinese mini drawer chest, a piano and an ancient sofa; over by the kitchen wall, a set of carbonation siphons in their box, a baby rocking chair and captainâs barometer.
By taking a look around the living room, youâd quickly gather that just maybe, the Dos Equis man could very well live here. Otherwise, without a fitting area rug on the wooden floor, the house seemed better suited to some hardscrabble pioneer family who youâd find making jelly, say, or cooking moonshine on the back porch.
One early morning, Lawrence - lord of the house - summoned me up to the office. On his large monitors he was toggling between a red Persian rug and a deep green Indian carpet. âWeâre gonna get one of these twoâ, he fortuitously announced.
For me this was early but for him it was something closer to midday. And for me until that moment, what he did in his office at 7 am would have been anyoneâs lucky guess. âWhich one do you like better?â, he asked. I pondered and couldn't quickly decide. âThe red is great but is also commonâ, he continued. âI think I like the green, it matches the fireplaceâ.
Green. The word is one of the few in the English language that has the power to evoke so much to me, reason unknown. I took a closer look at the area rug. All at once, the motifs embellishing this functional work of art took life next to the fireplace. Lawrence chose it and it arrived two days later in a safe and sturdy plastic wrap.
Indian carpets are known for their high density of knotting. I know this because I had just read it on the educational section of Medallion Rugâs website. We carefully spread out and center this magnificent work of art on the floor, next to the fireplace. It is a wool pile Indian rug of Polonasic design. Total knot count - 3,098,368. That is an incredible amount, I thought, and imagined the shop worker responsible for it talk about carpet making and how it was bestowed upon her family as a great virtue.
We stood there, taking in this obstinate beauty, when Tabi, our sweet home persocom showed up gasping, and immediately started to pose with the area rug as if scheduled for a shoot. âItâs so much comfier in here nowâ, she said, and we couldn't agree more. The character in the texture and design is remarkable. And as we were told that a rug such as these can take up to two years to make by hand, I started to understand how - not unlike other works of art - handmade oriental rugs will almost always increase in value over time.
We look forward to enjoying this beautiful addition for many years to come.
To get yours, please visit Medallion Rugâs website. I greatly recommend it.
The room before the carpet
Images received we choose our rug from
New Contemporary Indian Rug
This Indian rug beautifully compliments the fireplace
A functional piece of art
Originally published in Splash Magazine by Sebastian Gagyl