A field of jewels

It’s rare that something leaps out and demands to come home with me, right now.

We’ve been doing fun stuff (ahem…) like getting quotes for carpets, which is where I came across the tiles I showed you yesterday. Today, we trotted along to the supplier we’d chosen to place the order and arrange for fitting. My eye kept catching on six inches of a rug that was sticking out of the hanging display. It was beautiful, rich jewel colours on a dark bluish grey background. I wandered over to have a look, and fell totally in love. I squeaked and exclaimed and petted it. I was probably quite ridiculous, but I found it so beautiful and so utterly ME that I couldn’t leave it alone.

So yes, I accept it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s huge, brilliant, floral, assertive, bright (some might say garish) and generally sensational. But I ADORE it. It’s going to sit on a dark grey carpet background in my sewing room/ library. It makes my heart lift and my face smile whenever I look at it, and the Husband sneaked back into the shop and bought it for me. Am I not blessed in my Husband? The lady in the shop thought it was so sweet that she gave him a discount, so he was pretty pleased with himself too πŸ™‚

Happiness is a big colourful rug ❀


87 thoughts on “A field of jewels

  1. Oh my! that is GORGEOUS!!! Made even more so by the story that goes with it – it will forever cheer you inside and out!

  2. Nanette says:

    What’s not to love, it’s sensational, as is the Husband!

  3. Caz says:

    I had to google farkle

  4. Steph (@resting_whippet) says:

    BEAUTIFUL! I absolutely love it. And the tiles you showed earlier. I might need to buy this house and when you’re done. Or is this your “forever” home?

  5. katechiconi says:

    For Ever For Now.
    One day we might get too feeble to totter from one end to the other, or down the two steps to the deck. I’m going to have a lot of fun showing photos as the renovation progresses.

  6. KerryCan says:

    I have to admit, I like your husband and his sweet gesture better than the rug! My color taste is very low-key, not to say boring . . . But this rug will make you happy every day!

    • katechiconi says:

      To each her own. I adore it, and the Husband for indulging me… It feels perfect for the library end of my sewing room, to be admired while reclining on the sofa with a Jane Austen in my hand πŸ™‚

  7. oh that is gorgeous. And so kind of your husband.

  8. Utterly beautiful… so so love it… the colours are vibrant… some of the designs on the rug are in the shape of an β€˜alpana β€˜… it’s a Bengali word referring to colorful motifs … I wish I could add a picture here as it would explain it better and you would see the resemblance… the designs are done with hand and paint made from rice & flour and mixed with water to make a thick paste… it adorns the entrance to doorways and is done on special occasions… I used to do them a lot for my Bengali friends… they can be simple or extremely intricate in design… and they are all so beautiful 😍
    Your rug will bring u endless joy and colour especially knowing how the love of your life bought it for u xxx

    • katechiconi says:

      I think its resemblance to traditional paisley and mehndi designs is one of the things that appeals to me. I Googled আল্ΰ¦ͺনা and see exactly what you mean πŸ™‚

  9. mlmcspadden says:

    It’s lovely, and so sweet of your hubby to buy it for you.

  10. Lynda says:

    Your rug will be a ray of sunshine even on a cloudy day. I love it! Bob would not be so kind as your adorable husband… the rug is paisley. Full stop on that account alone.
    And from the comments above: “…the library end of [your] sewing room”? That is a big sewing room! 😍

    • katechiconi says:

      The rug is going to be wonderful, and the sewing room is 26 feet long! And I do have rather a large number of books. It’s a slightly odd little house: two smallish bedrooms, a medium living room and a huge (former) family room on the back which is now mine πŸ™‚

  11. I would have bought it, too!

  12. kymlucas says:

    What a lovely gesture from your husband. ❀️

  13. nanacathy2 says:

    Happiness is a husband who totally gets you and a shop assistant with a generous heart and a gorgeous rug. Win, win win.

  14. Sweet story and beautiful rug that will bring you joy for many, many years.

  15. The rug is divine. The husband is even diviner πŸ™‚

  16. That is utterly fabulous. Of course you squeaked and exclaimed and patted it! I’m so glad, thanks to your Wonder Spouse, that it gets to add the vibrant energy of your sewing room. I’m sure as you work there the lively spirit of the rug designer will get up and dance with your daydreams.

  17. Dayphoto says:

    “It’s huge, brilliant, floral, assertive, bright (some might say garish) and generally sensational.” SO YOU!!!

  18. tialys says:

    Well, as the tidying queen, Marie Kondo says, ‘if something doesn’t spark joy get rid of it’ . I assume the counterpoint to that is ‘if something does spark joy, youve just got to have it’
    I’m not always a brightly coloured liking person but I’d have that rug underfoot in an instant.

    • katechiconi says:

      It hasn’t just sparked joy, I’ve been wandering around all day with an insane grin on my face, giving the Husband spontaneous hugs. He’s holding still for them, so I’m guessing he’s enjoying the effect! I think it’s the dark grey background that makes the riot of colour bearable; if it was white or something, it’d be a bit blinding.

  19. craftycreeky says:

    It’s gorgeous! Impressed with hubby too πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I am too! I knew he was a good ‘un, but I hadn’t realised he was also a man of action in quite that way! If he’s buying something for himself, it can take weeks to decide.

  20. Kerry Davidson says:

    I love your rug too, and I REALLY love the tiles. I wish I’d seen them back when I was doing my kitchen. However, I did do a patchworky thing with beautiful blue, silver and red tiles, so I’m not unhappy. I also had a rug moment when I saw one online that is a print of those really expensive ones that are pieces of very old silk rugs joined back together – I even managed to find a smaller one for my kitchen. I live in a small cabin, so my colours are a bit more muted, but still beautiful. Bet you can’t wait go get into your new sewing room now.

    • katechiconi says:

      I really am finding it hard to wait, but on the plus side, the rug is giving me ideas about decorating and so on, so it’s probably just as well I can’t get in there straight away.

  21. anne54 says:

    Oh it is just perfect Kate. Perfect for your sewing room, perfect for you ~ and you have a perfect Hubbie to go with it! Having met John, even if only over coffee and cakes, I can believe that he would do such a generous thing. Keep grinning!

  22. magpiesue says:

    Oh, you lucky woman you! πŸ™‚

  23. kathyreeves says:

    Lovely story, and may you enjoy each and every hue!

  24. Chris S in Canada says:

    Oh! My! How lovely – rug and Husband both. As soon as I saw the rug my brain started picking out colours for walls, cushions, draperies, mug rugs, mugs, vases, lamps, etc, etc, etc, Decorating overdrive. There are bright colours, but there are also some deeper muted colours – lots to choose from.

    I wish I could have rugs in my house, but The Big Guy does not have the balance (massive foot injury on top of diabetic neuropathy) to deal with changes in surfaces. So simple flat surfaces are the order of the day until I get a room that’s mine – then look out! Layers upon layers of carpet and rugs to be warm, soft and squishy! (sigh)

    Chris S in Canada

    • katechiconi says:

      I have nearly 30 large blocks in the cupboard, which have clearly been waiting for this rug. They have a deep blue background and splashes of pink and orange. It’s going to be laid over the sofa in front of this rug and in front of a dark blue wall with white shelves. The picture is growing in my head too…
      I also have neuropathy, post-chemotherapy. It makes my feet hot and painful, as though they’ve been burned. I value softness underfoot sometimes, as well as cool smooth surfaces πŸ™‚

      • Chris S in Canada says:

        I can just imagine the use of colour – grounded by the dark blue on walls, etc. So lovely. Your neuropathy sounds painful, for the Big Guy there is little pain, mostly numbness and cold feet because the circulation is not good. But nerve damage from the accident causes twitchy legs and it`s hard to feel how the foot is oriented to the ground (proprioception) – both things make life very interesting. It could have been much worse, so we try to stay positive.

        Looking forward to the pictures of the renovations.

      • katechiconi says:

        Neuropathy sucks, no matter how it manifests. In this climate, I’d be glad for cold feet instead of hot, hard, swollen blocks of wood. So rug worship and wall painting are welcome distractions πŸ™‚

  25. I wish it was mine – it is lovely.

  26. #rugenvy

    and I’m going to use farkle. E could even ferkle for farkles πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      What have I done….? Seriously, go for your life. If it’s shiny AND does something useful, it’s a farkle. And if the Husband hadn’t bought it for me I’d have had to go and visit it sometimes just to get a colour hit!

  27. That is a gorgeous rug! It caught my eye in the newsfeed. I’m so glad it’s going home with you, and what a sweet thing for your husband to do.

  28. This whole post makes me smile from ear to ear. The fact that this rug has spoken to you so boldly and with such joy and then the husband is dialed in enough to care and follow through gives hope to the rest of the world. I tried marriage twice and never got that kind of guy so I’m extra happy to hear someone found one. It’s wonderful how you both do the give and take, not just one of you. I’ve loved reading all the comments as well.

  29. Love it! You know how I feel about Minimalism…

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s so totally OTT, you just have to admire its sheer exuberance. I know most people wouldn’t be able to live with it, but I’m looking forward to enjoying the inspiration.

  30. I adore it too and wish I could have it!

  31. rutigt says:

    Thank God for understanding husbands!!!! I could easily have taken that piece with me home! Beautiful!!!!!!

  32. That is beautiful! I want one too!
    What a lovely hubby.

  33. I love it! We have always had rugs in the classic Oriental patterns, but usually in easy-care fibers. They’re fine but I would really love something more modern. This rug has it all — classic motifs, but nice and big and bright, but then that slaty blue background to ground it all. Can’t wait to see what else comes along to keep it company!

    • katechiconi says:

      It will face a dark blue wall with white shelving, and draped over the sofa in front of that will be my still-to-be-assembled ink blue quilt with hot pink and orange. Oh, it’s definitely going to be bright!

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