HOUZZ.com has since morphed into an e-commerce site. This transformation minimized the initial accent to users for finding local talent and resources in order to achieve design goals -- apparently in a reorientation to promote world-wide-web "take your chances" marketing by pay-to-play businesses. This has predictably resulted in shifting the admirable initial focus of the site from novelty, creativity, uniqueness and quality to a common "get what you pay for", "race-to-the-basement pricing", "lowest price", SEO-motivated opportunism.
Browsers of the site can still get introduced to great ideas, but will have to filter-out a lot of up-front promotional gimmickry to truly delve into them.
Even if it has become standard in our culture to make BIG things out of small things, it is incorrect to suggest that a 7'x9' rug is "OVERSIZE". In fact, 6'x9' is the smallest of what is considered STANDARD ROOM-SIZE" in the trade.
Here is a list of real handmade area-rug "standard" sizes (in feet): 2x3, 3x5, 4x6, 5x7, 6x9, 8x10, 9x12, 10x14, 12x15, 12x18. These are "nominal" standards. Variation of several inches from these standards is not uncommon because of the need to maintain symmetry in border design as a rug is completed. So called "Persian rug sizes" differ somewhat because in Iran (and sometimes by choice in other rug making countries) the metric standard is used.
"THE MEANING OF COMMUNICATION IS THE RESPONSE THAT YOU GET." Consumers have become desensitized to superlatives, and disregard or discount much labelling. Calling the smallest size "LARGE" is part of the conditioning that ultimately keeps expectations small. Sadly, the fruits of such programming are that BIG dreams eventually won't amount to much. Perhaps we are seeing such results already in ways we are only beginning to fathom.