A year or two ago I bought an 8 x 10' braided jute rug for my bedroom. I wanted to love it, and I did in theory... but it just didn't work in there.
So I moved it to my front room, but I didn't love it there either. It wasn't quite the right size (natural rugs aren't always right on size-wise), plus it was in the middle of a high traffic area and it wasn't really holding up well. The constant foot traffic over rows of braided jute that were sewn together started it fraying and I started to rue the day I bought it.
Fast forward to yesterday.
I knew I wanted a rug over the carpet, but the one I had wasn't working. It was a 5' x 8' rug which was way too small, and the colors weren't jiving with my master plan for the room.
(See the rug? Sort of? A little? Way to take a before photo, Anna.)
I rolled it up and dragged the jute monster in from the front room. Again, it's not the perfect size (it's the skinniest 8x10 rug I've ever seen) but I love the natural fibers in the living room. The carpet also helps keep the rug from shifting, which seems to be the braided rows' worst enemy.
And while I'd love to eventually have a bigger rug (think 9 x 12) to fill up more of the room, it's impractical to even consider it while the "worst wall in the world" is still in place, bisecting the traffic through the room:
Down with the wall. Boo. Hiss. It'll happen, and then I'll have one big room instead of two smaller ones (not literally two rooms, but as far as functionality and traffic flow is concerned they are two separate spaces). And bigger rooms need bigger rugs. Patience, Anna... patience!
It definitely works for now. Rock what ya got, right?
The only downside is this game of musical rugs has left my front room bare - but I think I'm okay with that.
I'm tackling the front room this spring, and it needs so much work I can't worry about a silly thing like a rug at this point. I've got bigger problems in there, y'all.