I zipped out at lunch to attend part of the second day of the Alex Cooper Auction. A few of the things that I had really wanted went for way more than I wanted to spend. There was a rug that I had seen, but since I’d just bought a faux oriental rug for the mudroom (I wanted a busy but classic pattern to disguise the muddy paw prints), I didn’t seriously consider it.When the rug came up, the auctioneer offered it at a dirt cheap starting bid, which no one accepted. Then he dropped it to what my friend David calls “insultingly low” and in an instant I thought it would be perfect for my bedroom, and flashed my paddle. The auctioneer raised the bid, but no one bit, so I got the rug. Of course, I had a rather startled look on my face, and the auctioneer laughed!
One of the issues with the brown needlepoint rug that is in my room now is that Connor loves to lie on it, so naturally, it’s covered in a scrim of white hair, which won’t show up as much on this rug. It’s a beautiful chain-stitch rug, with a central pattern and lots of colours which I like. And it was the perfect price… Insultingly low!