Floored by the rug rats
Eleanor Flegg has some rug options to get you grounded
IN his lead role in the Coen Brothers' 1998 cult comedy, "The Big Lebowski," the laid-back "Dude" character (as played memorably by Jeff Bridges) is embroiled in a Raymond Chandler style sleuth mission -- solely as a result of his dogged determination to replace a favourite household rug.
Despite being beaten up, having his car burned and being traumatised by nihilist terrorists dropping a ferret into his bath tub, our hero persists with steely resolve on his mission to replace his beloved livingroom rug.
Because as "The Dude" repeats over and over in the film's most iconic line: "It really tied the room together."
That's why rugs are so great. They're an anchor that can bind an array of otherwise disparate décor to visual sense. They're also a great source of colour, texture, warmth and style.
Now's the time of year to curl up in front of fire on an Austin Powers style shag pile (yeah baby!), a cubist creation, a traditional sheepskin or whatever you're having yourself.
For the discerning rug rats out there, as always, the advice is to go for the best that you can afford. Here's a roll through the different price ranges: