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23 Styles of Designer Rugs: Part 1 - From Aubusson Rugs to Chinoiserie

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Oct 5, 2015 11:57:00 PM

What do you do when every rug you try in a room doesn’t quite work? Does your client find the rug elsewhere? Does it delay the completion of the room? When I can't find the perfect rug, I turn to friends who are plugged in to the top designer rug resources in New York, Los Angeles and even overseas. Often I discover a new type of rug or a fresh way of decorating with a rug I already know about. Having done this for over 30 years I keep an evolving list of 23 most desirable styles of designer rugs. Here is Part 1 of the list, arranged alphabetically. Parts 2 and 3 will follow in the coming weeks.   

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Architectural Digest October 2015: 9 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Sep 30, 2015 2:00:00 AM

The 9 best rooms with decorative rugs in the October 2015 Architectural Digest are dominated by Michael S. Smith's renovation of the American Embassy Residence in Madrid and Bruce Budd mix of contemporary and traditional styles in a 1930's mansion in Houston's River Oaks neighborhood. 

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Miles Redd 13 Best Fabrics for Schumacher Sing with Red and Blue Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Sep 9, 2015 3:00:00 AM

Introducing his 2015 Fabric and Wallcovering Collection for Schumacher, Miles Redd said, "I have always been drawn to the graphic, but graphic doesn't sing unless you have something organic next to it. It's the tension of the two elements that makes decorating exciting." See how you can take the song to new heights by supporting Miles's 13 best graphic and organic patterns with the perfect red oriental rug or blue decorative rug.

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Kit Kemp: 9 Tips for Bringing a Modern Vibe to Interiors with Red Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Aug 26, 2015 3:00:00 AM

“Never use anything you wouldn’t want to sit on without any clothes on. It should always feel glorious against your skin” says Kit Kemp, the British designer whom The Sunday Times calls "The Guru of modern hotel design." Kit Kemp's London home is the finest example of her playful and irreverent decorating style which mixes red oriental rugs with modern furniture and boldly patterned fabrics. Kemp's modern take on the English Country House can be seen in the 9 boutique hotels she co-owns with husband Tim Kemp including New York's fantastical art filled Crosby Street Hotel and London's sensational Ham Yard Hotel. "My aim as a designer is to make surroundings a joyful thing - to bring in elements of intrigue and curiosity that create a sense of adventure and fun" writes Kemp in her book "A Living Space. "This is not to be mistaken for gimmicky however, comfort and quality are at the core too", she concludes. I have distilled the 9 Tips from Kemp’s book and from her London home.

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Kelly Wearstler: 4 Tips for Decorating with Aqua Rugs and Fabrics

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Aug 20, 2015 9:40:00 PM

" A sexy blend of masculine and feminine" is how Kelly Wearstler describes the atmosphere you can create with aqua rugs, fabrics, art and accessories in an article in the September 2015 Traditional Home. Her four edgy interiors illustrate her decorating advice and her bold juxtapositions of modern art, accessories and aqua rugs.

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Tags: Kelly Wearstler, aqua rugs

Traditional Home: 6 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs in September 2015

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Aug 18, 2015 3:34:00 PM

The 6 best rooms with decorative rugs from the September Traditional Home are comfortable and very stylish and will inspire you to decorate for the fall.  

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Elle Decor September 2015: 6 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Aug 12, 2015 6:59:00 PM

The 6 best rooms with decorative rugs in the September 2015 Elle Decor feature simplicity of design, exquisite materials and museum quality art and antiques.

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Architectural Digest September 2015: 7 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Aug 11, 2015 2:19:00 PM

The 7 best rooms with decorative rugs in the September 2015 Architectural Digest include the chic Paris apartment of Christian Dior's Mathilde Favier-Meyer who ignored advice from three legendary Parisian decorators to follow her own instincts; Ralph Lauren’s new West Village Home Collection recalling 1950s Bohemian style; The easy going elegance of Derek Lam’s Gramercy Park apartment and Brett Heyman’s peaceful Connecticut retreat.

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Tags: Ralph Lauren, Mark Cunningham, Mathilde Favier-Meyer, Neal Beckstedt

Best of July-August 2015 Veranda: 7 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

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

The July-August 2015 Veranda's 7 best rooms with decorative rugs are dedicated to illustrating how to create relaxed and elegant interiors by mixing the old and the new, juxtaposing the classic and the contemporary, creating a contrast between rustic and refined and between matte and smooth. The 7 rooms show how the same design principles hold true for a seaside home and a formal mansion.  

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Tags: Richard Hallberg, J. Randall Powers, Ike Kligerman Barkley

Architectural Digest August 2015: 9 Best Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 23, 2015 6:16:00 PM

The August 2015 Architectural Digest's 10 best rooms with decorative rugs are all about relaxing vacation homes and country retreats in Martha's Vineyard, Lake Placid, The Hudson Valley and Southern California. The common challenge in vacation homes and country retreats is how to mix the rustic and the sophisticated in way that feels both relaxing and stylish. Learn how Rose Tarlow, Katie Ridder, Ashe + Leandro and former Miles Redd protege Nick Olsen do this in four very different ways that fit life styles of the homeowners.

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Tags: Katie Ridder, decoratve rugs, Nick Olsen, Ashe + Leandro, G. P. Schafer, Rose Tarlow

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