Can you see the rug in the picture above? No? That is deliberate. It really ought not be seen close up. It was so pretty when we first bought it-- and to be fair, it made it almost a full year. In the interest of full disclosure it spent a few months in the guest room, but still, kudos to it. We rent a steam cleaner three times a year, and it still cleans up nicely, but it has a few pulls and one burn where a stray ember jumped the fireplace screen last winter. Its also gotten a little gray, probably from the cleaning, and it has a general shabbiness to it...trust me, it has earned and much deserves its retirement.
I've got a few criteria: I want it to be darker than the current rug but still match the colors of the house, very durable, cleanable, able to visually "absorb" the odd tug or pull from claws and cleats and neutral enough to be on the floor year round despite my change of decor every season. Jeremy also has criteria: it has to be soft and reasonably priced, He's a man of simple tastes.
We hit up Pier One over the weekend and found the perfect rug. He loved the price, I loved the look. The only drawback was softness, but thanks to Rug Pad Corner, I got that taken care of.
See that Jute green one wedged between the rainbow braid rug and the beige floral? That's it-- stay tuned to see how it looks in place!