After favoriting around 45 rugs, I suddenly got two "followers" on Etsy. (Which, really? Is Etsy supposed to be a social network now, too?) Then I started the process of narrowing them down by the following criteria: price, size, and colors. There were several beautiful rugs that didn't make the cut because they didn't include the colors I was aiming for in the living room. Finally I pared the list down to four rugs, and I made mini-collages of the options to email to MB, to ask him to help me decide.
This one doesn't look as vibrant as the others, but the close-up photos amplify its loveliness, and the slightly-more muted tone of the colors make a gentler first impression.
My main issue with this rug is that I was originally aiming for the multi-cat-eye pattern, whereas this rug features one cat-eye. Also I wasn't sure it was chromatically warm enough (oranges, pinks, red).
Options 3 and 4 are mostly interchangeable, which made it difficult to choose between the two of them. These represent what I originally wanted in a Kilim rug.
However, by the time I finished making the mini-collages and attaching them in an email to MB, I knew that Option 2 was my first preference. Even though it wasn't as pink or as loud as I thought I wanted, the more-basic design better complements our traditional-style furniture. And I like all the grey. So the email was more like "I think I'll get #2, sound good?"
Anyway, the cat likes it:
The arrival of the rug provided a good excuse to clean and rearrange the living room, and to finally hem the curtains. (I prefer the drapey curtain effect, but these curtains should be slightly longer and less stiff for it to really work. Plus, cat hair.)
Mid-rearrangement / cleaning, while sitting at the computer on the table in the dining room,
I had the feeling that I was being watched.
With the hemming (and de-cat-furring / ironing) project in full-swing: I was also listening to music and sipping Prosecco, while my cat lazed around in the sunlight, and feeling ridiculously peaceful and happy about my life and the afternoon.
Anyway, here's the finished product:
The room could use a matching console table, and another chair, to balance it out.
But this will do for now!
That cat really ties the room together.