Designer Rug Blog - Interior Design Inspiration

Black Needlepoint Rugs Enliven Dolce & Gabbana's F/W 2012 Fashions

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 31, 2012 8:09:00 PM

Today's post completes a three part series on how women's fashions, architecture and history influence and are in turn influenced by Aubusson rugs and needlepoint rugs. As a designer of the Asmara Decorative Rug Collections I am fascinated by the creative exchange between separate domains. I hope you enjoy our brief excursions to understand the influence of history, architecture and culture on Needlepoint rugs and Aubusson rugs.

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Tags: needlepoint rugs, Rug School

Dolce & Gabbana F/W 2012 Fashions Honor Floral Needlepoint Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 31, 2012 12:54:00 PM

Dolce & Gabbana Fall and Winter 2012 Fashions Celebrate Floral Needlepoint Rugs. “We’re not about minimalism, we’re massimalismo,” Stefano Gabbana was quoted in Vogue. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have built a multimillion-dollar luxury business based on the culture and fashions of Sicily, where as an infant Domenico Dolce slept in his father’s tailoring workshop and watched his parents hand stitch outfits for the local congregation for the high holidays.

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Tags: needlepoint rugs, Rug School

Gold on Black Aubusson Rugs Inspire Fall-Winter 2012 Womens Fashions

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 30, 2012 12:50:00 AM

As a designer of decorative rugs, I look far and wide for inspiration. In yesterday's post the inspiration was nature and I posted pictures I took this spring and fall in Boston's Arnold Arboretum. Today's source of inspiration is women's fashion. I looks for sudden and drastic shifts in moods in women's fashion. They are usually an early trend forecaster of decorative rug fashions in the coming years.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs

Let Nature Guide You in Decorating with Purple Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 28, 2012 11:21:00 PM

This week I have been enjoying our annual family summer vacation in Maine where the misty pine covered islands completely draw me in to nature. This a good time to share some of the pictures I have taken this spring and summer. We will try to learn nature's color composition secrets. Today's post will focus on the color purple. Lately I have become fascinated by purple and recently posted How to Decorate with Purple and Decorative Rugs- 10 Chic Interiors.

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Tags: Purple Rugs, Design Inspiration

How Ingrao Decorates with Oushak Rugs in Gold, Green and Red

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 21, 2012 8:00:00 AM

Tony Ingrao's first project two decades ago, was an amazing transformation of a 1920's Norman château in Greenwich, Connecticut that took seven painstaking years to complete.

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Tags: Tony Ingrao, oushak rugs, Design Inspiration

15 Chic Decorative Rugs from Stylish Colorado Mountain Interiors

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 20, 2012 12:11:00 AM

The 15 chic Colorado mountain interiors with decorative rugs avoid the clichés of antlers and Navajo rugs. Instead they offer a range of styles ranging from Atelier AM's mid-century modern to David Easton's sophisticated continental flair and Samuel Botero's English Club in the west. I hope you will enjoy the best of the interiors that have appeared over the years in Architectural Digest.

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Tags: Selldorf Architects, Colorado Mountain Style, Atelier AM, Worth Interiors, William Sofield, Design Inspiration, Elissa Cullman, David Easton, Samuel Botero

How to Decorate with Purple and Decorative Rugs- 10 Chic Interiors

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 18, 2012 5:30:00 PM

These 10 stunning interiors with purple and purple decorative rugs are not only a treat for the eyes, they also offer valuable lessons on how to decorate with purple. Purple interiors and purple decorative rugs can feel cold, unless they are complemented with the right warm colors- as you will see in these 10 chic interiors. If you have never thought of using purple, you may change your mind when you see how original and inviting these rooms are.
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Tags: Purple Rugs, Amy Fine Collins, Rafael de Cárdenas, MMR Interiors, Alex Papachristidis, Alan Orenbuch, Design Inspiration, Jamie Drake, Jeffrey Bilhuber, David Hicks

Pinterest's 12 Most Stylish Interiors with Decorator Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 16, 2012 8:45:00 PM

 Pinterest has become the largest source of links for interior designers and decorative rugs.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Design Inspiration, Pinterest

14 Gorgeous Blue and White Bedrooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 15, 2012 12:59:00 AM

In July and August we desire restful sleep in bedrooms that let in cool breezes and the fragrances from the garden. The 14 bedrooms in today's post have all these qualities plus incredible style. There is a  lot of blue and white in all the interiors except the one in Hawaii, where the cresting ocean waves surrounding the bedroom provide wide expanses of blue and white.

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Tags: Alberto Pinto, Kara Mann, Phoebe Howard, Ellen Hamilton, Jacques Saint Dizier, Jacques Grange, Design Inspiration, Mario Buatta, David Easton, Michael S. Smith, Stephen Sills, Markham Roberts, Richard Mishaan

How Needlepoint Rugs are Handmade from Original Art Paintings

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 13, 2012 12:59:00 AM

Every Asmara needlepoint rug starts out as an idea which is translated into a quick pencil sketch which goes through several revisions and discussions between artist Elizabeth Moisan and myself. When a sketch looks promising, Elizabeth mixes colors in Gouache. It usually takes several failed attempts before we get just the right colors. Elizabeth then hand paints the design on poster board. A painting usually goes through several revisions and if we are happy with the final result we send it over to Asmara's needlepoint rug making artists. The pictures tell the story from here.

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Tags: needlepoint rugs, Rug School

Needlepoint Rugs: A Guide to Choosing the Right Texture

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 12, 2012 12:59:00 AM

Why it is important to select the right texture when decorating with needlepoint rugs

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Tags: needlepoint rugs, Rug School

10 Best Hamptons Interiors with Decorative Rugs in Blue, Grey, Cream

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 9, 2012 12:59:00 AM

These 10 best Hamptons interiors are relaxed, calm, easygoing and stylish and most importantly, they encourage you to enjoy the great expanses of sea and sky in a casual laid back style. When you are in the Hamptons you want to swim, read, stroll leisurely on the beach or paint under the shade of a beautiful tree. Come evening you want to relax in comfortable chairs, drinks in hand and enjoy the glorious sunsets.
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Tags: Design Inspiration, Bunny Williams, Steven Gambrel, Thad Hayes, Hamptons Style, Alexa Hampton, Marjorie Shushan

16 Chic Grey and Black Contemporary Rugs by AD 100 Jean-Louis Deniot

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 4, 2012 11:40:00 PM

In a few short years after completing his training at the prestigious École Camondo in Paris, Jean-Louis Deniot has become an interior design super-star with his Continental spin on neoclassical-style decor. His contemporary rugs are made of the finest materials and have an elegant simplicity that speaks of refined luxury without a hint of ostentatious excess.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Jean-Louis Deniot, Contemporary rugs, Grey Rugs

Martha's Vineyard Seaside:14 Chic Interiors with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 1, 2012 10:50:00 PM

When we hear the words Martha's Vineyard we imagine picturesque New England sea captains' houses, white picket fences, solitary lighthouses atop green hills, pristine beaches and rolling farmland. In recent years Martha's Vineyard has also become associated with vacationing Clintons and Obamas as well as the elite from all over North America.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Ferguson & Shamamian, Martha's Vineyard Style, Lisa Sternfeld

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