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Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse: 7 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 24, 2015 3:00:00 AM

In 2014 the venerable art and antiques auction house Sotheby’s launched its own Designer Showhouse to educate young collectors and decorators who might have dismissed antiques as old-fashioned and archaic. Sotheby’s wanted to demonstrate that quite the opposite is true-that when antiques are artfully mixed with modern art and contemporary pieces the rooms show real imagination and sophistication which cannot be achieved by merely follow the latest decorating fads. This year Sotheby’s invited 13 talented interior designers and gave them carte blanche to choose antiques, contemporary art and modern furniture from Sotheby’s upcoming auction to design real life interiors for Sotheby’s 2015 Designer Showhouse. My picks of the 7 best rooms with decorative rugs have a joyful mix of colors styles, periods and materials.

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Tags: Eric Cohler, Living Rooms, Bedrooms, Cullman & Kravis, Sunrooms, Robert Dean, Juan Carretero, Leura Fine, Library, Meredith Ellis

Elle Decor May 2015: 8 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 17, 2015 3:41:00 PM

The 5 best interiors with decorative rugs in the November 2014 Elle Decor feature the work of three emerging interior designers with uniquely contemporary approaches to traditional design.

Since the choice of decorative rug plays such a key role in these room designs, I have introduced selections from the Asmara Rug Collection to suggest ways you could personalize and enhance the look and feel of a room.   

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Tags: Dining Rooms, Living Rooms, Bedrooms, Home Office, Megan Winters, Kim Alexandriuk, Kate Rheinstein Brodsky

Architectural Digest May 2015: 6 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 14, 2015 6:13:00 PM

The May 2015 Architectural Digest's 6 best interiors with decorative rugs include Portugal's leading decorator's majestic traditional house in Lisbon and a London fashion designer's contemporary penthouse. 

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Tags: Dining Rooms, Bedroom Rugs, Living Rooms, Pedro Espírito Santo, Veere Greeney

14 Living Rooms Enlivened for Spring with Colorful Contemporary Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 3, 2015 3:00:00 AM

In celebration of the first 60°F day in Boston and hoping that this record breaking winter is finally retreating, I share with you my favorite spring inspired living rooms inspired by colorful contemporary rugs.

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Tags: Living Rooms, Allison Paladino, Susan Nelson, Asia Baker, Gerald Pomeroy, Tino Zervudachi, Jennifer Cohler Mason

House Beautiful April 2015: 5 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 30, 2015 3:00:00 AM

The April 2015 House Beautiful's 5 best rooms with decorative rugs include Cathy Kincaid's bright, light-filled sunroom with gorgeous treillage inspired by Bunny Mellon's New York townhouse and her orientalist fantasy family room with Robert Kime floral fabrics. Also among the top five are Gregory Shano's sunny living room and sea green dining room in his newly renovated Hamptons house.

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Tags: Dining Rooms, Living Rooms, Sunrooms, Cathy Kincaid, Family Rooms, Gregory Shano

11 Chic Masculine Bedrooms Enriched by Geometric Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 24, 2015 4:00:00 AM

I have called these 11 chic bedrooms masculine because many, but not all, were designed for men. It is interesting to note that many of the rooms are anchored by a brown and white geometric rug. The next most popular color combination is blue or navy with white.

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Tags: Alberto Pinto, J. Randall Powers, Bedrooms, Waldos Designs, Garrow Kedigian, Nate Berkus, Ben McKenzie, Gary Friedman, Michael Agins

Architectural Digest February 2015: 7 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 19, 2015 4:00:00 AM

The February 2015 Architectural Digest's 7 best rooms with decorative rugs show how to create stunnng interiors by mixing modern art, traditional and contemporary furniture and sculptural shapes and volumes and then pulling everything together into a harmonious composition with custom rugs in geometric and abstract patterns made from luxurious materials such as silk and handspun wool. Steven Gambrel excels at interpreting traditional geometric patterns in large silk custom rugs that almost cover the entire floor. In contrast Rafael de Cárdenas uses contemporary silk rugs to define seating areas or the area around the bed while showing expanses of beautiful wood floor. This shows that rules are meant to broken as long as you know why you are breaking them.

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Tags: Rafael de Cárdenas, Steven Gambrel, Don Stewart, Best of Architectural Digest, Leroy Street Studio

Architectural Digest January 2015: 10 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 18, 2015 4:00:00 AM

I would like to explain why I am writing about the January 2015 Architectural Digest’s 10 best interiors with decorative rugs In the middle of March instead of three months ago. The January issue was truly outstanding I regret I was unable to publish it earlier as I have been in the midst of a major redesign of the Asmara website.  To do full justice, I have been expanded the list to the 10 best from the usual 5.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Michael S. Smith, Jan Showers, Tom Kundig

Elle Decor March 2015: 10 Best Interiors with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Feb 18, 2015 3:30:00 AM

Neutral colors with pops of pink, purple, apricot and yellow and unexpected juxtaposition of contemporary and traditional pieces dominate the 10 best interiors with decorative rugs in the March 2015 Elle Decor. This is one of the best Elle Decor issues in a long time which is why I extended the selection to 10 interiors instead of the usual 5.

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Tags: Jan Showers, Douglas Durkin, Timothy Haynes, Kevin Roberts

Architectural Digest March 2015: 9 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Feb 13, 2015 3:30:00 AM

The March 2015 Architectural Digest's 9 best interiors with decorative rugs are all about combining traditonal and modern sensibilities to create memorable interiors.

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Tags: Ingrao, decorative rugs, Lynda Murray., Lorraine Letendre, Trace Lehnhoff, Katch I.D., Natalia Bianchi

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