Tag Archive | "Carpet"

J Platt Rugs Closing Sale

Sunday, March 13, 2011


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 which means deep discounts ranging from 40 - 70 per cent off regular retail between now and March 31. Flat weave dhurries are 60 per cent off, now about $200 for 5' x 8' and beautiful, deep pile, all-wool rugs are also going for a song, typically around $1,000 for 6' x 9', even 7' x 10'.

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Moroccan Seasoning

Sunday, August 22, 2010


I’ve heard it said that the good we do comes back to us but I never imagined that included coffee tables. Many months ago I helped a friend pull together a new apartment. Now, circumstance is taking her in a new direction and she offered me the table back, one of my all-time favorite finds. And it just so happens that I recently purchased a vintage Moroccan berber carpet on Craiglist for the absurdly low price of $150 (the rug is 7’ x 11’ in amazing condition!). I know the rug is not to everyone’s taste. My friend Doreen came to dinner last night and thought it was one step up from hideous.

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The Wear and Tear Costs Extra

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


The photos don't do these rugs justice; they are much more beautiful in their 6' x 9' glory than these digital snapshots suggest. Still, I admit I find the concept somewhat dubious, like paying extra for distressed leather or denim. But what do I know? These carpets are piping hot following a very successful launch in January at Domotex, the world's largest rug fair in Hanover, Germany. The carpets shown are presently hanging in the window of chic Toronto rug boutique, Modern Weave; I spotted rugs from the same line in a recent ABC Carpet ad.

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How Could I Say No?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I know you're not supposed to buy art to match your sofa but how about a rug? The minute I saw Scott Young's textural blue photo, left, I knew I had to have it for my kitchen to go with those amazing flat weave carpets of mine. Scott's image of an old door at the Distillery District received honourable mention in Toronto's Building A Great City Together photo contest. I tracked Scott down and he was most obliging -- he sold me the 11" x 17" print, matted and ready to frame for just $99.

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Bev Hisey Christmas Sample Sale

Monday, November 30, 2009


I have no idea which cushions, carpets, runners and blankets Toronto textile artist Bev Hisey will be discounting at her annual Christmas sample sale December 3 - 5 but Bev, if you've got one of those orange, felted wool numbers, above left, put my name on it! Hisey has been really branching out lately with some exquisite new lines; I especially love her wildly vibrant carpets, above, although I'd be surprised to see any of those being sold at a discount.

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