Sunday, December 8, 2013

Going...Going...Gone?

My vintage rya rug is disappearing right before my tear-filled eyes. It is truly horrifying (to me, anyway). I have been assured that, back when my particular rug was new, it was quite lush, and although this state of fullness occurred well before my time, through the magic of the internet, I have located a like-new version of the same rug and confirmed that, yes, it was, in fact, quite fluffy. Here is what it once likely resembled:

Not My Rug
My rug has no where near the volume as the rug pictured above. In fact, I'd go so far as to say my rug is balding (and not balding à la Patrick Stewart--think mangy alley cat). This is because that, in addition to the rug being 40(ish) years old, for the past 2 years, we've subjected it to ongoing abuse by having it lay across the most heavily traversed part of the boat.

To combat the consequences of intense use, I've been grooming the rug in a rather unorthodox manner, with the hope that my beloved heirloom might magically return to its Mid-Century plumpness. More specifically, I've been crawling around on my hands and knees, meticulously combing the matted wool with a baby comb intended for Helina's head. While I understand that this technique ventures into crazy-cat-lady territory, short of buying a new (old) rug, I'm not really sure what other options I have for getting my rug to look like the one pictured above.

The downside to re-fluffing the rug in this manner is that, in addition to feeling like a bit of a weirdo, I'm directly contributing to the root cause of the problem itself--wool loss. Each combing session results in a significant pile of wool fibers being removed from the rug (which I think resemble fuzzy bacon):

The Departed
Even without combing the rug, it expels fibers on a daily basis, but not at the rate implied by the picture above. As Eric noted upon seeing my last pile of "bacon," an appreciable percentage of the rug is disappearing with each grooming session. Despite the rather grim implication, I'm too addicted to the immediate result to stop: 

Post Combing - Fluffy
For now, the combing technique is helping breathe a bit of life into the old rug, but I'm not sure how long it will last (and I mean that quite literally). 

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