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Old July 21st, 2015, 04:16 PM   #1
Paul Smith
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 8
Default Rug window blind

This project started with an east-facing window in my recording studio that, because we are pretty far north (Washington State, US), gets a significant blast of morning sun around 4am in summer. I have nice accordion blinds in the windows but the light that comes through, though diffuse, is still strong enough to wake you right up, and this room doubles as a guest room. Nothing messes up a recording session more than working with a musician who was awakened at 4am.

So I had an idea to hang a rug in front of the window that could be easily taken on and off, and this Dokhtori Qazi was the perfect size. Not only that, but this wall already has a couple of nice old Baluchi-group prayer rugs already hanging on either side of the window, and the little chanteh face over the window, so I liked the look, too.

I pitched this idea to Rich Larkin, and he wisely counseled me that it would be extremely bad form to end up light-fading the back of a fine rug with the light that came through the accordion blind, so the first step was to get a piece of opaque black cotton fabric the size of the rug and a hem stitched on all sides (this is lighter than regular canvas, but still pretty heavy). My wife is skilled in the ways of needle and thread, and she did hemming duties as well as stitching the velcro on this rug for hanging...

I made three wooden hooks and glued the loop part of the velcro to a slat of trim. The hooks have to curl around like a question mark, I discovered, because otherwise they hold the rug out too far from the window and the apparatus too easily falls off.

A wood screw goes through the slat-with-velcro, through the black fabric and into the hooks.

...and then the rug is attached to the velcro...The whole thing pops right off the window and is easily rolled up in a few seconds.
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