“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”–Edmund Burke
After decades of being relegated to cheap motel rooms or low rent furnished flats with avocado or harvest gold applianced kitchens , the shag rag is back. This relic of our Mad Men era youth, (along with cheap, tipsy arc lamp knockoffs), is seriously in style now, as is everything mid-century including the Greek version aka the Flokati rug. Yes, shags are soft underfoot and have a go-go 60’s cool that seems inviting in the beginning. But here’s the dirty secret and it is truly dirty. You can not clean a shag rug. No vacuum invented in the decades since the Summer Of Love can sanitize all that deep pile. We used rug rakes then, but they really didn’t work. Pet hair, cracker crumbs? Forget it. Literally. The schmutz is forever when you go shag. You’ll see.