Damask rugs and fabrics originated in the Middle Ages in the ancient city of Damascus and they have evolved over hundreds of years with influences from Byzantium, Persia, Italy and France. This rich artistic history gives damask a unique appeal. The pattern in a damask fabric is woven in a different weave than the background- for example if the pattern is woven in a shiny satin weave and the background in a duller weave, the contrast between the shiny pattern and duller background adds another dimension. This added dimension and texture distinguishes damask fabrics from fabrics in which the pattern is merely printed on the cloth. The best damask rugs also contain two different textures- the pattern is usually in cut pile and the background is in a loop weave. Unfortunately too many damask rugs being made today take a short-cut and are made in just one texture which is usually cut pile. These rugs do not have the dimensional interest and texture of a cut and loop damask rug. Damask rugs come in a variety of color palettes ranging from tonal neutrals to high contrast colors. The eight interiors in today’s post feature several different styles of damask rugs and offer inspiration on how to add sophistication and a sense of history to both contemporary and traditional rooms.
Robert and Courtney Novogratz,
The September 2017 Traditional Home is the magazine's best issue in a very long time. It features a Manhattan apartment by Ellie Cullman and Alyssa Urban, a Buckhead, Atlanta home by Suzanne Kasler, the New York apartment of designer Thomas Burak and noted fabric designer Michael Devine where they create magic with pattern, texture and color and finally and entire Minnesota lake house designed by famed Chicago kitchen designer Mick De Giulio. As usual our focus is on how designer rugs added sophistication to the living rooms, family room, dining room and bedroom in this post. Here are the 7 best interiors from the September 2017 Traditional Home.
Traditional Home Magazine,
Mick de Giulio,
Through three marriages, several life style changes, many homes including a townhouse near Buckingham Palace, an English country manor house in Buckinghamshire, a Fifth Avenue penthouse, a Park Avenue duplex and a Paris apartment near the Bois de Boulogne, Lee Radziwill has changed her decor many times, but the few things she has kept are her favorite antique Bessarabian rugs, paintings and select antiques. In today's post we discover how her favorite objects helped her stay at the peak of chic for so many years.
The September 2017 Architectural Digest features the homes of fashion celebrities and we take a peek at how they use designer rugs to adorn living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and media rooms. Here are the 7 best interiors from the September 2017 Architectural Digest.
Finley Grace Design
The September 2017 Elle Decor celebrates the exuberant enjoyment of life depicted in French interiors and once again this issue surpasses the other major design magazines in the high quality of its interiors with designer rugs. Here are the 6 best from the September Elle Decor.
The 2017 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in the Atlanta suburb of Buckhead is arguably the second most influential American showhouse after New York's Kips Bay. Atlanta influences not just the entire southeast, but all of Florida, the mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. It is home to the country's most passionate interior design community as is readily evident by the quality of the seven best interiors in the 2017 Showhouse. As always we focus on how designer rugs enrich the designs of Phoebe Howard, Tristan Harston, Jackye Lanham, Jennifer Ferguson, Stan Topol, Tammy Conner, Margaret Kirkland and Lauren DeLoach.
Southeastern Designer Showhouse,
Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founder of Whim Designs in San Juan Capistrano, CA. shares his 7 tips for decorating with Oushak rugs in an exclusive Asmara video (available below). Eric is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center and hosts monthly design lectures at his elegant southern California home.
Rug Decorating Tips,
Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founder of Whim Designs a fabulous interior design studio in San Juan Capistrano, California is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center and gives monthly design lectures at his beautiful southern California home. Click here to read Eric's Oushak Rug Decorating Tips 1 through 3, and view the video.
Rug Decorating Tips,
We take a close look at how designer rugs unify and enrich the ten best rooms in the 2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Designed by Robert Stilin, Kirsten Fitzgibbons, Kelli Ford, Ken Fulk, Joan Dineen, Richard Mishaan, Kate Singer, Neal Beckstedt, Jonathan Savage and Robert A.M. Stern, these rooms are sure to inspire decorating trends for years to come.
Kips Bay Decorator Show House,
Robert A.M. Stern,
If first impressions are important then a foyer is one of the most important rooms in the house. An entryway is where visitors get a foretaste of the design delights awaiting them further inside the house. A foyer is also a place of transition from the world outside to inside the home and care should be taken to make this a welcoming experience. Well chosen foyer rugs are key to creating the right first impression in a foyer. These stunning entryways from Architectural Digest, Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Traditional Home illustrate 15 different foyer rug ideas and ways of designing glamorous and welcoming foyers.
The six best rooms with designer rugs in the August 2017 Architectural Digest are all in an 18th-century Paris apartment just renovated by Pierre Sauvage with the help of designer Franz Potisek. The style is a colorful mix of traditional, contemporary and Boho-Chic sensibilities and proves that traditional 18th-century architecture and contemporary styling are a great combination. The apartment has a grand classical structure with tall windows and original paneling that took a year of painstaking restoration. Painted in brilliant colors and paired with boldly patterned designer rugs reminiscent of 1970's David Hicks, the result is both elegant and daring.
In the 17th century French artists and weavers invented the art of weaving rugs with depth perspective. This technique is so artistically demanding it has never been copied by the rug weavers of the east and even today only European rugs such as Aubusson, Savonnerie and Needlepoints have three dimensional patterns.
Cream and blue Aubusson carpet in French provincial style dining room with rustic stone walls and chandelier.