As a birthday gift to Robb, and a huge household splurge, I bought some rugs.
Through Craig's List, I had found a rug collector, who sold rugs under the moniker Devil Dingo Rugs. Randy (the Head Devil) has a staggering assortment of Middle-Eastern rugs, on sale at surprisingly low prices.
He doesn't have a store, so we set up a time to view rugs, and he drove a van-full of rugs over to our house.
He also brought the eponymous Devil Dingos. Cute little Devils, aren't they?
In the end, we bought three hand-made Iranian (Persian) rugs. This one was made by Qashquai weavers, in southwestern Iran. According to Randy, this rug is 40-70 years old, and is a Kazak design, woven in the Fars District, in the Zagros Mountains.
After this month, there's going to be another embargo of imports from Iran, so rugs like this will become more scarce.
We love our new-old rug. So, apparently, does Randy. He admitted that he was very sad to sell this particular rug, and told us that he'd buy it back from us at any time.
And in the immortal words of the Big Lebowski, "It really ties the room together."