Help! Should I Keep My New Old Ebay Rug?!

So my Ebay rug came. When I unrolled it, I started to get the itchy eye… darker than I expected, condition not as evenly worn, and just generally less awesome than my fantasy porn projection of the real rug. Surprise surprise. My new rug has saggy boobs and stretch marks. But, maybe it’s still good? Or maybe not? Karly votes a solid yes, Ben votes a solid no, and as always I cannot make any decisions about my own home (but I’m happy to tell you what to do with yours — funny how that works). So, my tasteful friends, I ask you: should it stay or should it go? I have two days to decide whether to send it back so your comments are desperately needed.

erin's house malayer persian rug

Sorry about the AWFUL pictures — it’s pitch dark in here right now and the long exposures are throwing off the color and lighting. Anyway, there it is. I’ll probably get a new end table, but for now everything else stays (although I want to burn that chair… maybe I will send it over to the in laws’ new house?).

erin's house malayer rug

Another view with even more terrible lighting. So, the rug — too dark? Too burgundy? Just right?

A reminder of what things did look like — with much better lighting, a closer angle and some different furniture.

I’m at the point where I’m shopping for couches, rugs, pillows and end tables. In other words, I’m overwhelmed and I have too much stuff. I just need to decide about the rug because I don’t have enough money to buy all that other stuff.

Help me pleez!