In July at a huge antiques trade fair I stumbled over ( literally!) a huge Aubusson carpet rolled at the back of a dealers stand. I have not missed this fair for over 15 years, so I know he is not a regular dealer at this brocante and I had never seen him before.
He told me that he had come to unload old stock to raise some cash for the forthcoming traditional French month long vacance in August. He wanted to disappear to Cannes and toast himself for 4 weeks. He eagerly began to unroll the carpet for me to see and I was thinking "Ouch! ....this is going to be into the thousands!"
He unrolled and unrolled and it became clear that the Aubusson was at least 30 feet square. It filled his stand and splayed over the next dealers stand too!
Much too big for me and also much too heavy for even three or four of us to lift and man handle ( and woman handle!) to our car. Plus when we got to the car it would never have gone inside!
However, It was very very beautiful, soft muted shades and in good condition. But, I declined without asking the price due to the size. As I walked away he shouted after me " Madam.. 300 euros if you want it". ($380 or
That should have stopped me in my tracks but....guess what? Like a idiot I declined again and carried on walking!
Four weeks later I am still beating myself up as I realise it would have fit our bedroom almost perfectly ( the room next on the decorating list). What on earth was I thinking?!!! I could have found a way to get it home.
So having this wonderful carpet on my mind day and night, I remembered I did have an old rug that I loved tucked away in the barns. I went to find it knowing that it would have been a good home for a passing mouse or two but no.......it was dusty but all intact.
I spent the next hour with the jet wash and shampoo giving it a blast and it is now out drying in the sun.
Not really a consolation for the Aubusson but it will have to do!!!
Any dealer who tells you they never make a mistake is not being truthful! We all make mistakes and will continue to do so! It`s all part of the learning process!
Another kick to myself...........thud!.....take that you idiot!!!
A demain mes belles
p.s The "A" word is banned until I have recovered!!