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Old April 14th, 2015, 03:49 PM   #1
Paul McGhee
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Default Rugs in British National Trust buildings

I recently visited Blickling Hall (c1620) in Norfolk, England, which is now managed by the National Trust and learned an interesting thing about their approach to rugs.

Many of the stately homes owned by the National Trust have large rooms furnished with British Axminster carpets, either in "English" designs or reproductions of "Oriental" ones, but sometimes one sees nice Persian and Turkoman rugs as well. Usually the public are kept away from them behind roped-off areas.

However, at Blickling, one room had a nice Tabriz rug which was open to be walked on and, when I enquired about it, the attendant said "Ah yes, we call that a sacrificial rug." He explained that the Trust had a stock of old rugs which were not of museum quality but were nice enough to use as furnishings. They use them now because tourists are no longer quite so happy as previously about not being allowed into the rooms properly.

There is an online catalogue of the rug inventory of the National Trust, but its not clear if these are "proper antique" and "sacrificial" www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk
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Old April 16th, 2015, 03:40 AM   #2
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Paul,
Most of the floors in my house are covered in "sacrificial rugs".
I wasn't aware that this term had been coined to describe them. It almost more accurately describes the rugs one sees in dimly lit horror films where grim and bloody crimes are committed.
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Old June 13th, 2015, 03:29 AM   #3
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Hi Patrick,

Weighing in late here. I need to point out the "rugs in films" syndrome that must be familiar to all degenerate ruggies. It's where the scene shifts to a room with a rug on the floor, whereupon the too-far-gone ruggie immediately focuses on the rug, what kind it is, whether it's any good, etc., and loses all track of the plot of the film. It's pathetic.

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Old June 13th, 2015, 04:49 AM   #4
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Hi Patrick,

Weighing in late here. I need to point out the "rugs in films" syndrome that must be familiar to all degenerate ruggies. It's where the scene shifts to a room with a rug on the floor, whereupon the too-far-gone ruggie immediately focuses on the rug, what kind it is, whether it's any good, etc., and loses all track of the plot of the film. It's pathetic.

Rich
That reminds me. Did anyone see the Paddington Bear movie? If so, I'm sure you probably forgot the movie, but noticed the Baluch rugs on the floor.

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