We found a little space and flopped it open (oh, the dust!). First thing we both noticed was that there was a hole with a 6-inch tear leading to it right in the middle of the rug and another small hole at the other end. But other than that, it was actually very pretty.
I asked him if they knew about the hole when they priced it and he said they didn't and that they would need to re-price it. Since they were closing in 5 mins and I knew I wouldn't make it back over there today, I encouraged him to re-price it on the spot.
Long story short (if it's not already too late for that), I walked out with the rug for $50. More than I wanted to spend but still a bargain. It is 9'6" x 7'9" so, there should be plenty of choices.
Here it is:
My thought is that it would make great upholstery for a big ottoman. Here are some examples. They're kind of a cliche I guess, but I have always liked these - there is something so boho comfortable about them. They look old but new and very durable.
This one above is my favorite - both for size/shape and for the upholstery lay-out.
Anybody got any good ideas for me?