Designer Rug Blog - Interior Design Inspiration

9 Top Decorators Show How to Decorate with Best Rugs in Brown

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 31, 2011 1:04:00 PM

Years ago, working with neutral rugs meant working with infinite variations of white, beige and taupe rugs. All of this has changed, now leading interior designers are adding vibrant color to make a room "pop" . The best brown rugs have become the favorite neutral rugs. Today we will learn from 9 top designers what accent colors go best with brown rugs and how to use brown rugs in living rooms, family rooms, library and bedrooms. A reliable guide is to think of the colors found in nature alongside brown.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Bunny Williams, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Melanie Elston, Brown Rugs, Sara Story, Garrow Kedigian, Kelly Wearstler, Amanda Nisbet, Ann Jones, Leta Foster

Aubusson Rugs Based on Mysterious 16th Century Giant Leaf Tapestries

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 30, 2011 1:01:00 AM

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs

Learn to Decorate with Needlepoint Rugs from 4 Legendary Decorators

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 29, 2011 4:01:00 PM

Today we are going to learn from Mario Buatta, Elissa Cullman, David Easton and Bunny Williams, each a legendary interior designer who tops any list of interior design greats. There are no better teachers from whom to learn the alchemical art of decorating with the best needlepoint rugs.

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Tags: needlepoint rugs, Design Inspiration, Bunny Williams, Elissa Cullman, Mario Buatta, David Easton

Thad Hayes Unifies Modern & Traditional Decor with the Best Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 27, 2011 11:21:00 PM

Today we will study five rooms by AD 100 interior designer Thad Hayes and learn how he selects the best rugs to unify modern and traditional interiors. Thad has been named "Dean of Design" by Architectural Digest and the "Best of the Best" by House Beautiful.

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Tags: Modern Design, Design Inspiration, Thad Hayes

Elissa Cullman's Top Glamor Decorating Tip: Start with the Best Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 26, 2011 11:33:00 PM

“People always ask us how do we begin every project - and I am going to give you an idea that will make this really easy – always, always begin with the living room carpet. If you think about it, the living room carpet is the largest object in the home and that is going to set up the logic and the palette for the rest of your home…” Elissa Cullman  in an AD video interview. Ellisa, always on the AD100 list is the go-to designer for Oprah Winfrey and Candice Bergen, to name just two from her celebrity client list.

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Tags: Glamor Style, Design Inspiration, Elissa Cullman

10 Best Rugs for Libraries You Want to Nestle In

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 16, 2011 11:39:00 PM

At this time of year there is nothing cozier than a library you can nestle in with or without a book. Here are ten of the most beautiful and cozy libraries with the best rugs selected by interior designers who have a special gift for finding the best decorator rugs. These rooms are a rich source of design inspiration.

1. One of the best rugs for a masculine library such as this one in Westport Connecticut is a geometric rug. I like the small scale geometric motifs that vary in color and shape-no two motifs are exactly the same. The muted rose-brick color is reminiscent of leather bound volumes. This is one of many great library designs by Ferguson and Shamamian who are great masters at creating beautifully atmospheric libraries. Image courtesy Ferguson and Shamamian.

2. Bunny Williams is another great master of library design. This is the best rug for a library designed to balance feminine and masculine elements with its over scale botanical pattern in white, blue, gold and brown. Who would not want to spend time in this jewel of a library in a East Hampton retreat. Image courtesy Bunny Williams.

3. This library has a wonderful mix of traditional and modern elements. This is the best modern rug for a library because it blends an ancient pattern with a modern coloration. The repeating geometric motifs are ancient keltic knots. The silver gray, blue and white coloration gives the rug and the room a contemporary feeling.

4. Kara Mann's libray feels modern, classical, maculine, feminine, sumptous and austere all at the same time. This what makes Kara's design a masterpiece. The best rug for such a library is an Oushak rug in contemporary colors. An antique oushak rug pattern has been reproduced in a modern tonal coloration of gray and taupe. Image courtesy Kara Mann.

5. Nate Berkus's library evokes ancient Chinese calligraphy in a modern way. Steve Jobs recounted in his memorable speech to Stanford graduates how his design philosophy evolved from his study of calligraphy while he was a drop out at Reade College. This striped purple and white decorator rug evokes calligraphy as well as a music score. It is the best rug for evoking complex feelings of ancient art and modern life. Image courtesy Elle Decor and Nate Berkus.

6. Steve Gambrel's contemporary study, library and home office in a West Village penthouse has wall to wall shelves connected by metal rods and neat storage boxes covered in linen. The floor has been lacqured in black and the furniture has dark brown frames with white upholstery. The best rug for this room is a white contemporary rug with softly colored bands that echo the steel frame of the large window. Image courtesy Steve Gambrel and Elle Decor.

7. Mona Hajj Interiors designed this elegant and inviting traditional library in blues, coral and red. Mona Hajj has a vast knowledge of rugs and this is one of the best oriental rugs for a traditional library. It has a small scale geometric pattern and wonderful antique tones of terracotta and the blues found in ancient tiles. Image courtesy Mona Hajj Interiors.

8. This beautiful library by Ferguson and Shamamian has an ethereal beauty and elegance. The soft gray, blues and brown wood tones a reminiscent of a Vermeer painting. The best rug for such a library is a tonal leaf pattern in gray and blue. The rug provides muted canvas on which the beauty of the furniture, art and the warmth of the fire can be enjoyed. Image courtesy Ferguson and Shamamian.

9. Bunny Williams library for a Texas ranch exudes a feeling of energy and movement. The cool reds of the upholstered chairs, the warm reds of the book bindings, the brown leather sofa and the honey brown wood paneling raise the temperature. The best rug for supporting the feeling of moving energy is this striped decorator rug in red, green and cream. Image courtesy Bunny Williams.

10. I hope by now you will agree that all the interior designers featured in this blog are masters at picking the best rugs for libraries whether they are traditional, modern or contemporary. Ferguson and Shamamian has chosen the best oriental rug for a library with a sophisticated, classical and refined elegance. The blue and pomegranate tones of the oriental rug provide all the color in this room of muted wood tones in the paneling and furniture. Image courtesy Ferguson and Shamamian.

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Tags: Libraries, Design Inspiration, Best rugs

15 High Fashion Living Rooms with Geometric Decorator Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 15, 2011 1:56:00 AM

Updated August, 2016 with five new photos. We've collected a variety of high fashion living rooms that all successfully use geometric rugs. Designer geometric rugs can make any room look stylish as these 27 room images show.

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Tags: Claiborne Swanson Frank, decorative rugs, Susan Zises Green, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Albert Hadley, Mario Buatta, Steven Gambrel, Nate Berkus, Christine Dovey, Aerin Lauder

Ten Chic Reds And Dramatizing Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 14, 2011 1:04:00 AM

1. Jamie Drake shows you do not need a lot of red to create drama. You can start with just one red upholstered chair and increase the impact selecting a stunning contemporary area rug with white, taupe, gray and beige. If you have selected cool reds as in this chair and lamp shade, then add zip by using white, black, gold and wood tones in the the furniture, accessories and wall paneling.Image courtesy Drake Design.

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Tags: Decorating with Red, Design Inspiration

A White House Christmas: Festive Designs with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Alexis Billett on Dec 13, 2011 5:30:00 PM

An estimated 85,000 visitors are expected to tour the White House this holiday season and last weekend I was lucky enough to be one of them.  Decorated by thousands of volunteers and staff, the space was just incredible.  Enormous wreaths, yards upon yards of garland and upward of 35 Christmas trees adorn each room.  Being there I couldn't help but get into the holiday spirit!

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Tags: Christmas, White House

The 14 Coziest Fireplace Seating Areas on Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 11, 2011 1:58:00 PM

Jeffrey Billhuber gives traditional sofa chairs an architectural look by covering them with gray banded fabric. The beige contemporary rug and yellow throw warm and balance the cool aqua, gray and white.  

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Tags: Fireplace seating areas, Design Inspiration

Learn to Decorate with a Damask Area Rug from Seven Top Designers

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 9, 2011 12:12:00 AM

Today we will study rooms with unique and innovative damask area rugs designed by seven interior design greats: Bunny Williams, Darren Henault, Elizabeth Dinkel, Ferguson & Shamamian, Suzanne Tucker, Timothy Whealon and Tobi Fairley.

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Tags: Damask area rugs, Design Inspiration

How to Design with Decorative Rugs in Yellow, Purple, Coral and Aqua

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 6, 2011 1:04:00 AM

Interior Designer Susan Nelson  was selected by the Washington Design Center to do the interior design of the coveted living room in the prestigious DreamHome 2011. Susan chose a color scheme of yellow, purple, green, aqua, coral, lavender and pink that she derived from a favorite decorative rug by Asmara. Susan explains her design process in this blog post.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Susan Nelson

Why An Antique Decorative Rug Sold for $9.6 Million at Christie's

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 5, 2011 1:04:00 AM

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Tags: Art Level Rugs, Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinski

Four Ways Decorative Rugs Make a Home Feel Warm and Inviting

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 4, 2011 8:57:00 AM

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Tags: Anthony Cochran, Design Inspiration

5 Insights: How Jeffrey Billhuber Uses Contemporary Wool Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 2, 2011 10:02:00 PM

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Miles Redd's Dashing Colors Update Tradition with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 1, 2011 2:06:00 AM

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Tags: multicolor rugs, Miles Redd, Design Inspiration, New York Style

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