Rolling Out the Red (and Blue) Carpet

Remember this post, where I mentioned that I had found the perfect runner for our hallway, which would also tie in two of my inspiration photos?  Well it finally arrived, and we couldn't be happier.
Corey knows I've been checking for it every day and I had really hoped to have it before the end of Style Cure but it was looking less likely.  Yesterday, he actually intercepted the delivery guy and hid the box from me so we could open it together.  Are we total dorks for getting this excited about a runner?  Probably!
Before I show you the glamour shots of our new rug, I want to mention the great experience I had with the Etsy seller who sold it to us.  Yamood Turkman Carpets is still a new-ish shop, but the prices, quality of the merchandise and selection were some of the best I could find.  The shop owner communicates clearly and responds quickly.  This is the second time I've purchased a vintage rug from him (I also have a small one in the kitchen.) and I know he ships his items immediately and they arrive as described.  No, this is not a commercial or sponsored post, I just happen to think this is a great seller for someone in the market for a similar item.
In this case, I was looking for specific dimensions and I wanted rich colours.  I didn't see exactly what I wanted in his shop but I emailed him and he found four runners that matched my criteria, so we worked out an excellent price on my favourite.  We ended up purchasing a red and blue Afghan run, which is about 20 years old and still in excellent condition. 
To remind you, here's a shot of the (too short) runner that we had in the hall before.

And here's our new bad boy!  FYI, I snapped these pictures the day the rug arrived, because I couldn't wait, but the folds from being shipped will fall out completely in a couple of days.

We are so happy with it and we think it makes our entrance look much more elegant.  The pile is great and the rug feels soft and luxurious.  The rich colours make the hall feel so elegant!

Next step: Hanging some art!
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