Hey folks! Here's another installment of my Subversive Storytelling series, in which I use the customer review sections of online commerce sites to explore narrative, social commentary, and a humorous take on consumer culture. Please enjoy the customer review below, now live on the Home Depot website, and I hope this inspires you to experiment with your own forms of disruptive art!
I don't know about you, but I'm very sentimental about the mid-90's. I love that The Home Depot employs buyers in their furnishings department with an eye for classic components in floor coverings that reference the early days of mass-marketed home computing: primary colors, contrasting fonts, and a whimsical smattering of filename extensions.
Let's talk design. I just LOVE it when a rug design references itself with a sense of humor. See how the white border is disrupted FOUR TIMES around the edge, once on each side? It looks like a random collage of pointless computer-esque words, but no! There is comedy genius at work here! You can't help but look at this design in its entirety and laugh! Plus, look at how 'cgi' is crammed into the bottom corner like that - at first you think it's referencing computer-generated imagery and you think, "That doesn't belong! That's not a home computing term!" But the overwrought "Saved By The Bell" aesthetic of this piece reminds you that we're harkening back to 1993, which is of course when the National Center for Supercomputing Applications wrote the Common Gateway Interface for calling command line executables on the www-talk mailing list! What a knee-slapper!
Let's talk quality. I can't get enough of this nylon pile. It's got that slightly slippery feel under the shoe or the foot, a special kind of lack of traction that I've come to love and depend on from the folks at LA Rugs. As you'll see in the Detail Description for this product, The Home Depot categorizes this product's Rug Weave as "Tufted". I couldn't agree more. This rug is definitely tufted, folks!
The only thing I disagree with in terms of the information provided for this product is that I don't believe it is suitable for kids and teenagers. Only folks who grew up reading books and using turntables will get the special nauseated feeling that this rug inspires. But hey, that's why they have menus in restaurants, right?
I marked it as Good rather than Excellent for Ease of Installation because it took a couple of tries to get it to lay perfectly in the 4' 3" space in front of my Ace Of Base memorabilia case. Other than that, I can say I absolutely recommend this product!