If you can cast your mind back to the era when sideburns were as acceptable as platform shoes and everybody was under the spell of the amazing disco fever, you are definitely thinking of the 1970’s. This was also the era of the shaggy rug, and these bad boys are currently back in style today.
Back in the day
Although we usually think of shaggy rugs as being children of the seventies, they actually have a pedigree that goes way back in time, to the era of the Vikings in fact! The first wave of shaggy rugs were known as Rya rugs and they hailed from the exotic climes of the Ottoman Empire. They were originally brought back to Northern Europe by the Scandinavian marauders we know and love as the Viking mob. Instead of rugs, these tough fellows employed these comfortable products as bed covers instead, and why not?
More than a rug, a statement!
So, fast forward a millennium and a bit and we are seeing more of these hairy fellows in our homes again, that’s the rugs, not the Vikings! The design of shaggy rugs has changed accordingly with the times and they now come in a plethora of shapes and styles. The Scandinavians are now a dab hand at producing Rya style rugs and they have introduced intricate Wilton weaving techniques into the mix with some gorgeous results.
Your shaggy rug story?
For those who have already fallen under the spell of shaggy rugs, where do you choose to lay yours? For many of us devotees, the bedroom simply has to be the place for our Rya masterpiece. But lovers of Austin Powers et al may prefer to have theirs in front of a roaring fire complete with bottles of Babycham rocking the living room. The point is that wherever you decide to spread your hairy slice of rug history, you will always be a part of the shaggy rug brigade and you must never forget that!
And even more good news!
Bargain lovers who have often yearned for a shaggy pile rug of their own have now got something to smile about. Because of the introduction of yarn developments and cheaper rugs shipped in containers, these bad boys are now available at a very cost-effective price. Just imagine, you could have a shaggy rug in each room and just imagine how green with envy your neighbours would be, especially if they are from Scandinavia!