i went with my parents to the waltham home depot, originally to return an unused bathroom cabinet, but ended up buying a 4'x6' bokhara rug for $100 from the carpet tent out in the parking lot (it was a real bargain considering i sa similar sized handmade rugs for hundreds more, and there were even a few high priced ones in the thousand dollars range, these rug guys are only here for another week then they move out). i also got a long wooden plank to be painted red and later nailed into the coat closet in order to give support to the wall-mounted coat rack i bought from ikea. next was a visit to the costco next door. buy bulk is cheap but not if you can't find time to finish the larger portions, and especially if you get any sort of food that might spoil. that's the lesson i'm learning. i almost bought a new 27" phllips television for the living room but it wasn't on sale until the second week of december (some weird progressive discounting program), so i ended up not getting it.
back in cambridge i set out my rug on the living room floor and admired it. bokhara rugs are from uzbekistan (although this one was created in bulgaria), the one i got is made from very dense and soft wool knots, i love lying on top of it. it has a very interesting pattern, scales on both ends, repeating lattice work, a perimeter of flowers or sunbursts, then a pattern of bigger circular shapes in the center. they had one that was double in size (6'x8') for $150, but i don't know how well it'd sit in the living room. the color is predominantly red, but a kind darkish red. i'd much rather prefer a brighter red if it's going to cover a large space in the living room. a lot of smaller area rugs patched together makes or a more interesting composition and better options versus a single large rug. my father also helped me rearrange the position of the larger new red area rug in the dining area. last night i had it lengthwise in the direction of the kitchen but it looked very out of place. tonight it put it widthwise across the kitchen, and it looks a lot better, a more logical arrangement.