I have 3 braided rugs made by my Grandmother, Amanda Virch, about 50 years ago. There's a small brown and beige one in our bedroom hallway. It's in good shape.
The other two are badly worn and I need to make some tough decisions.
One is in black/red/multi 3.5'x5' and is badly worn. It has sentimental value, since I've had it for 50 years myself. If I spent an evening sewing it where it's split, it could go in the basement hallway and be shabby. But it's a little mildewy.
The third rug is a problem. It's big, about 5' x 8' and was originally from Uncle Ken's Manhattan apartment. I got it in 1990 when Ken died, but used it only for a year before we moved to a house that had wall to wall. I believe I may have used it in the garage office for 10 years. Then I lent it to the Historical Society, where I think it really looked nice. However, it now looks like it was vacuumed with a lawn mower!! The center wool has badly deteriorated and has simply shredded. Some of the other fabric is in bad shape, and there are lots of splits.
I decided to remove the center and I just threw that part in the garbage. But what do I do with the rest of it?? Is it worth reconstructing the rug? I have no use for it in this house. Did I mention that not only is it mildewy, it's full of dirt and dog hair. Not at all nice to work with.
What should I do??