I could never let such beauty be walked on. but would love to know how durable they are. how have they been stored. are there any missing from her collection? which is her favorite. wow I am just stunned. they look like the painted ones that are sold in stores but I bet they feel so much different.
Well, as for their durability, she had them right on the floor for many years throughout the inn that she ran, so some of them got pretty heavy foot traffic. Otherwise even after she retired, she had them all through her house. Although her homes have always been the type that you would never, ever
wear your muddy boots into, it also wasn't the type of place that you had to remove your shoes at the door. She had two kids that grew up tromping all over these rugs. She just vacuumed them as you normally would. I know that there is probably some very particular information regarding preservation techniques, which we may get around to following eventually.
For instance I wouldn't let the grandkids eat around these rugs and I also only have them in areas where no pets are allowed. I think under "normal" use, as opposed to wear and tear that is exceptionally hard on things (mud, dogs, etc.) they stand up quite well.
But I do think that now that some of these rugs are getting on in years, they might be getting ready to retire - as Joy approaches her 96th birthday, (still full of vim and vigor!
) I think we are coming to the realization that nothing really lasts forever. Most of the larger ones are only just now going into temporary storage (rolled with the top of the rug inside, and wrapped in old sheets with cedar chips sprinkled in) - until we determine where they will live out their golden years...
Compared to ones you see in stores, these are very thick and substantial.
Also did I say that she cut all of her wool fabric strips herself, with a really cool hand-cranked rotary strip cutter. I have that tool in my possesion now and look forward to using it some time!