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A Carpet for the Study

A very attractive silk and wool Bidjar from the first half of the 20th century in just exceptional condition. It fits the room beautifully leaving about the same distance on the sides and at the ends. Unfortunately the door will need to be planed at the bottom so it can open.

This is one of the North rooms which has now been insulated and repainted. It was originally the lingerie- not as in undergarments, but as in linen room. Things were washed in the washroom in the basement and then brought up for sorting and pressing in the linen room. The wall on the right was completely covered in closets. Now it’s become our office/study. The curtains are going to be linen (cheap Ikea linen at 9€ the metre.) The chandelier is modern, we got it on the internet.

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27 comments on “A Carpet for the Study

  1. Bizzy
    January 25, 2018

    Wow. Beautiful. I don’t dare carpet my office. I’m too worried about my filing cabinets crushing it and my chair just plain rolling it to death. A stone floor is about all that can handle my level of abuse. How will you protect that carpet? Or are you just not as mean to your things as I am to mine?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 25, 2018

      A very wise art dealer gave me some amazing advice when I was starting out adult life: never own anything you can’t use or can’t afford to lose. Most of our carpets have thinning patches, some have dog chewed edges. When I buy something I emotionally accept the deterioration process is part of the experience. It’s all part of the charm πŸ˜€

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      • acflory
        January 26, 2018

        Yes! My Mum had cupboards full of ‘best’ this and ‘best’ that, most of which was never used and enjoyed. I take care of ‘things’ but my house is a home, not a museum so it, ah, ages just like me. πŸ™‚

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      • Arkenaten
        January 26, 2018

        And do we ever truly own anything?
        It is loads of fun – and educational – watching from the sidelines as you build the home piece by piece.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        January 26, 2018

        Imagine how different the world would be if we understood that temporality. Duty of care vs. proprietorship

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  2. inspiredbythedivine1
    January 25, 2018

    Beautiful. I’d be afraid to walk on it for fear of damaging it.

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  3. Kris Jennings
    January 25, 2018

    Beautiful! It is so hard to find the right fit so I know you must be delighted. I love those Ikea curtains, good value for a neutral covering. It looks like you need a dog daybed too πŸ˜‰

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 25, 2018

      I’m thinking maybe a chaise longue, or a big arm chair with footstool (for dogs or humans) πŸ˜€
      And yes, the Ikea linen is just unbeatable as long as it’s lined.

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      • acflory
        January 26, 2018

        Have you considered a recliner at all? They’re a bit ugly but in my house the recliner is /the/ place to be. Mogi [dog] shares the seat with me and there’s always a cat or two on the big padded arms or the comfy, cushioned bit at the top. And we all rock, gently. πŸ™‚

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  4. MELewis
    January 25, 2018

    Goes very well with your dog’s coat!

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  5. foolsmusings
    January 25, 2018

    A beautiful carpet for a beautiful dog πŸ™‚

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  6. Helen Devries
    January 25, 2018

    I would have coveted that when we had the last house in France…well, I covet it now but it would be wasted in this place.
    Quite agree about accepting inevitable deterioration…otherwise I would be living in a continual state of high nervous tension.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 25, 2018

      It really was the best advice ever. Plates and glasses will always get broken, paint chips, silver dings, leather scuffs, mirrors get dark spots, and it’s all fine!

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      • Helen Devries
        January 25, 2018

        Otherwise one is like an aunt who kept all her silver and good china shut away! I far preferred a French lady I knew who used the various Sevres services she had inherited on a daily basis. If you were very favoured you could share the washing up with her!

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  7. Bela Johnson
    January 25, 2018

    Only in Europe would you find such a treasure. I love my wool rugs, nothing with silk unfortunately – not that lucky yet. And yes, the dogs enjoy the rugs as well – spot cleaning works well when needed. Beauty ought to be enjoyed, not hidden away to preserve for some unknown future.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 25, 2018

      We’ve always bought rugs from German auction houses where there’s an amazing selection. Maybe it’s something to do with their Turkish population? Not sure.

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      • Bela Johnson
        January 25, 2018

        Could be. So out of the loop on that kind of thing these days. Lovely find though! πŸ˜€

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  8. coteetcampagne
    January 25, 2018

    Lovely.
    And I concur, if you love it, use it, enjoy it, revel in it….what’s a few stains between blog-buddies????????????????

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    • The Pink Agendist
      January 25, 2018

      What’s a stain in the context of living? That’s the interesting question.

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      • coteetcampagne
        January 25, 2018

        Je sais pas. Life is messy. I embrace the imperfection.

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  9. Love the tan walls and white trim.
    I know, I’m so boring. You finding just the right things is not so much luck, as it years of time spent learning where to look. That rug is a perfect fit.

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  10. acflory
    January 26, 2018

    If you ever get sick of that rug, you can always retire it DownUnder. πŸ˜€

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  11. Judi Castille
    April 30, 2018

    Possessions should be used, loved and have life. Keeping for best is so pointless as time will pass and you miss enjoying these lovely objects. We have a barn full of family heirlooms waiting to be restored and set down into our day to day living. And if they get a few knocks…thats ok. Life should be fun not furnishing fraught!

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