I bought my first carpet from J Platt Rugs 15 years ago, back when founder Joe and his son Mark Platt were located on Front Street in Toronto, across from the Flatiron Building. Five years ago father and son moved their business to Oakville where they learned to cater to a less adventurous, suburban consumer who wanted neutral, neutral, neutral.
Now the Platt’s lease is up and they’re closing their 2,000 square foot shop at 418 Speers Road; dad will retire to the golf course and some artistic pursuits while Mark will make his annual trip to India to discuss new designs and then come back and open a new, smaller Oakville store closer to downtown.
All of this is to say that every rug in the store is on sale between now and March 31 with amazing discounts ranging from 40 – 70 per cent off regular retail. The flat weave dhurries above are 60 per cent off, now about $200 for 5′ x 8′. The deep pile, hand-knotted, all-wool rugs are also going for a song; I particularly liked the bold, floral number below, which reminds me of a Nani Marquina design, which sell for about four times the price; the plush, 7′ x 10′ carpet below is going for about $1,000.
The rug I came closest to walking away with is the Eileen Gray art deco design below priced at just $900 for 5’3″ x 8’6″. It’s a strong statement that would definitely work with where I’m planning on taking my next apartment but right now I’m focused on saving, not spending. Alas, the rug will have to make someone else happy.
If there’s a new carpet in your future, take my advice and head to Oakville!