This Lansdowne Wilton 7′ 11″ x 8′ 7″ rug was bought from the fantastically named Connoisseur’s Corner in 1984. This carpet shop was something from another era and a shopping experience like no other. Two young newly weds, we nervously browsed the piles of rugs in Connoisseur’s Corner, discussing the merits of each one, admiring the different colour schemes and patterns. This was an old fashioned sort of shop, even then, and we were made welcome with relaxed and courteous customer service. Once we had made a choice we sat with the salesmen having tea in china cups while he completed the sale, how often does that happen today? It was a civilised and special shopping experience.
This rug cost £120 which was more than our household weekly income at the time and a massive purchase for two people with little money who had just started paying their first mortgage. This is a hard wearing wool rug from Wilton in Wiltshire and with a traditional design with a floral centre. We bought it because we knew we wouldn’t be staying in the house we were living in for many years [less than two as it turned out] but wanted something to cover the worn living room carpet we had inherited from the previous owners. We decided a large rug would cover the awfulness of this carpet while we needed it to and we could take it with us when we moved, therefore not wasting the money. A good call as it turned out!
Our next house had new carpets, thanks to a generous re-location grant, but we still used the rug in the living room. In our next house the rug looked great on the old wooden floors that we tirelessly striped with a hired industrial sander and varnished. The rug was really in its element here on the honey-coloured boards. Today the rug is under my feet as I type. It sits on cork floor tiles that always remind me of Portugal and keeps our dining room / study cosy and warm.
This cherished rug has moved with us to four houses, each time it has fitted in and has been something consistent among the change. Nowadays the fringe looks somewhat bedraggled but I’m pretty sure this rug is something that we will be using until we die!