Designer Rug Blog - Interior Design Inspiration

How to Add Modern Vibe to Traditional Decor with Savonnerie Carpets

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 31, 2013 6:00:00 PM

If you like the English country house style, but would like to give it a modern and fresh feel, there is no better place to start than with a Savonnerie carpet with modern English floral patterns in clear, fresh colors. These modern, English Style Savonnerie carpets are nothing like the ornate 18th and 19th French Savonnerie carpets you associate more with the Palace of Versailles than in modern living rooms. The fresh, clear colors, and younger aesthetic of the modern Savonnerie carpets are the perfect way to give a modern feel to the English country house style. In today's post we will learn how great interior designers decorate with Savonnerie carpets in the modern English country house style.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Justine Sancho

How to Give Young Vibe to Traditional Rooms with Blue and White Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 29, 2013 10:25:00 PM

Perhaps the most stunning living room in New York's 2013 Kips Bay Show House is a room that despite its impeccable traditional furniture and magnificent blue and white rug has an amazingly young vibe and fresh energy. The Interior design is by an AD100 mother and daughter team of Mariette Himes Gomez and Brooke Gomez. This spectacular living room offers a great way to learn the 4 Tips For Giving a Young Vibe to Traditional Rooms with a Blue and White Rug.

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How to Bring Young Vibe to Traditional Decor with Damask Rugs: 4 Tips

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 28, 2013 6:47:00 PM

Damask rugs make it easy to design rooms with young energy. How to produce young energy in a room is the subject of two famous quotes by Christina Murphy and Miles Redd, both highly acclaimed young interior designers. House Beautiful Magazine's Top 100 interior designer Christina Murphy believes "Punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging," and AD 100 interior designer Miles Redd advises, “Juxtaposition: high/ low; shiny/matte; refined/crude; grand/humble; modern/ancient. It is the essence of chic.” Damask rugs make it easy to implement the wisdom in these quotes. W we will learn how to ccomplish this by studying four stunning interiors.

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Tags: Miles Redd, Chistina Murphy, Design Inspiration, Koch Studio, Eric Guenther, Damask Rugs

How to Go Beyond Your Fear And Decorate with Green Rugs

Posted by Caroline Bell on May 27, 2013 10:07:00 PM

Frank Lloyd Wright said, "Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation." It's true. Green rugs are a great way to bring a joyous, springlike vibe into a home; and green rug also makes it easy to add warm and cozy colors to the room because green is one of nature's most versatile colors and it works with all the colors of the rainbow. Think of the green that blankets a meadow on a spring day, and how it highlights the thousands of buttery yellow buttercups. The colors seem – and are – perfectly coordinated. Imagine the deep, rich green of a pine forest that looks stunning against the blue sky above and the rich browns of the trees' bark that always with the green leaves of the tree and the grass in the meadow. It seems like no other color works as well as a background color as green does.

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Tags: needlepoint rugs, oushak rugs, Barrie Benson, Design Inspiration, Green Rugs

4 Glamorous Ways to Decorate with Medallion Aubusson Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on May 26, 2013 4:37:00 PM

Aubusson rugs with central medallions are some of the most glamorous Aubusson rugs ever created, but many people miss out on the opportunity of creating fabulous rooms around them, because they think it is hard to deal with the medallion. Fortunately, great interior designers have already forged a beautiful trail that we can learn a great deal from. Today we we will look at four exciting ways that will add glamor to any room by making imaginative use of an Aubusson rug's central medallion. The four ways illustrated in this post will inspire you to come up with your own creative way to bringing glamor to your rooms with Aubusson rugs with central medallions.

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Tags: Bruce Bierman, Koch Studios, Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, David Easton, Michael S. Smith

How to Enhance the Beauty of a Room with Geometric Rugs: 3 Tips

Posted by Kate Watson on May 25, 2013 12:54:00 PM

Standing in an empty room, you are struck by how beautiful it is. Whether it's the unique angles of the walls or the look of the ceiling or paneling or windows, this room is exquisite. While the idea of decorating it is exhilarating, how do you do that without taking anything away from the beauty of the architecture? Perhaps the answer is as simple as geometric rugs.
Just as the juxtaposition of contrasting colors creates energy in a room and attract our eyes, the use of complementary geometric patterns, especially in an area as large as a rug, will make the room more beautiful. Every room has it's own architectural shapes which will benefit from being highlighted by the right geometric rug.

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Tags: Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Steven Gambrel

I Don't Wear a Crown: Can I Decorate With French Savonnerie Rugs?

Posted by Caroline Bell on May 24, 2013 10:40:00 AM

You may be asking this question with a smile on your face, but you're only half joking. It was pretty clear early on that French Savonnerie rugs were something special. From the moment they were spawned in 17th-century France, these elaborate and exquisite rugs, hand woven by Parisian weavers, were deemed so spectacular that they were exclusively manufactured for the King. The advent of Aubusson rugs came about in large part due to the clamoring and demands of the moneyed classes who were desperate for the Savonnerie carpets but who were for the most part locked out from getting them.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Koch Studio

How to Add Glamour to Contemporary Décor with Aubusson Rugs: 4 Tips

Posted by Caroline Bell on May 23, 2013 6:02:00 AM

You've thought about it for a long time and you think you're ready to take the plunge, but the question still lingers in the back of your mind: can you successfully mix Aubusson rugs with contemporary décor? What kind of look would you end up with if you took the plunge? Some people would call it eclectic. Others would call it vintage modern. Still others would swear it's classic contemporary. Whatever you call it, rest assured that done correctly, it would be a brilliantly glamorous fusion of the beauty of the past and the fabulousness of the present.  
The Aubusson rug, the younger, more informal sister of the Savonnerie carpet, is a flat weave rug made of ultra-fine wool, with a texture, color palette and design that would work in even the most modern of rooms. The floral and architectural patterns that make up the heart and soul of Aubusson rugs lend themselves perfectly to chic contemporary settings. If you have a modern, loft-like space or a gallery-style room, don't think that your Aubusson will be out of place. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can marry the two different design styles beautifully, creating the perfect blend of something old and something new.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, Michael S. Smith, Kate Spade, Jean-Michel Frank, Christian Bérard

4 Tips for Designing Glamorous Rooms with Pastel Rugs

Posted by Caroline Bell on May 22, 2013 4:55:00 PM

A pale pink Savonnerie rug, bordered by gold latticework and boasting gold medallion motifs, laced through with light blue and sunset gold and filling a room with a rosy glow at the first glance of dawn; a light, golden needlepoint rug strewn through with faded ochre and ancient pale blues, flooding a room with radiant warmth in the middle of a rainy afternoon: the all-encompassing beauty of pastel rugs cannot be overstated. Hues like faded pinks, pale greens, soft yellows, warm ivories and light blues are predominant in a pastel color palette. The beauty of pastel rugs is that they become even more beautiful with age, gracing a room with a sure and graceful presence. Pastel rugs are one of the most beautiful styles of carpet, and they can really transform a room. If you're planning on choosing a pastel rug, there are many different styles to choose from, ranging from Savonnerie carpets and Oushak rugs to needlepoint rugs and Aubusson carpets.

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Tags: Pastel Rugs, Melanie Turner, John Saladino

Why Oushak Rugs Are the Perfect Answer to "Where Do I Start"?

Posted by Kate Watson on May 21, 2013 6:26:00 PM

Staring at any empty room begs the overwhelming question "Where should I start?" Of course, you want to make your room is beautiful and fashionable but you also want it to be comfortable and inviting to guests. Creating this balance and finding the right place to start doesn't need to be difficult, if you find an Oushak rug that helps you set the tone you desire for the room. Once you have selected the right Oushak rug, the rest of the room will fall in line easily. Subtly colored Oushak rugs are a great starting point because they contain hundreds of complementary shades of each color which makes it easy to pick fabrics and bring youthful energy to the entire room. Look for Oushak rugs made with fine quality handspun yarn which has hundreds of natural shade variations and a rich texture. This will give your room a feeling of glamor and sophistication and enhance all the other elements in the room.

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Tags: oushak rugs, Design Inspiration

6 Tips for Decorating with Aubusson Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on May 21, 2013 7:01:00 AM

Aubusson rugs represent some of the most beautiful rugs in history. Their origin goes back to the 16th century to the village of Aubusson on the banks of the Creuse river, whose waters were famous for their ability for dyeing vibrant colors. This region of central France is about 200 miles from Paris. Aubusson rugs are handmade in a flat weave construction that resembles heavy tapestries which adorn the walls of French castles and palaces. Aubusson rugs quickly captured the hearts of the French aristocracy because their patterns were similar to those of pile Savonnerie carpets which were unavailable to the aristocracy as they were made exclusively for the King's palaces. Aubusson rugs come in very large sizes and feature center medallions, lyrical floral patterns, and soft color palettes. For hundreds of years Aubusson rugs have been synonymous with the ultimate in French refinement and elegance. While Aubusson rugs continue to be produced in Aubusson and the nearby village of Filletin, the production is extremely limited and is mostly confined to orders placed by the French government for presentation to foreign heads of state. For a few years starting in the 1990's Aubusson rugs were woven in China, but with the rapid rise of wages in that country, hand weaving of Aubusson rugs is now coming to an end. However the love for Aubusson rugs continues unabated among sophisticated interior decorators and connoisseurs. Just as the French aristocracy was once captured by the beauty of Aubusson rugs, so are we today fascinated by the possibilities Aubusson rugs offer for designing refined and elegant interiors in both modern and traditional styles.

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Tags: Bruce Bierman, Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, David Easton, Kate Spade

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Decorating With Geometric Rugs

Posted by Caroline Bell on May 20, 2013 6:00:00 PM

You may have become enamored with the idea of decorating your home with geometric rugs, but you're not exactly sure how to go about it. Geometric rugs, ranging from stark black and white rugs with wide stripes to pale Oushak rugs with geometricized floral motifs, can bring positive visual and emotional energy into a room. Chosen properly and carefully, geometric rugs are beautiful additions to a home. Chosen with abandon and without a thought to the rest of the space, geometric rugs can create a jarring and overwhelming feeling in a space if they clash with everything else in the room. Avoid the common mistakes people make when choosing geometric rugs will help you design stylish and inviting rooms. The first step is to open up your perspective on geometric rugs. Geometric shapes are present in modern geometric rugs and in geometric rugs inspired by antique rugs and classical architecture. This gives you a wide range of options. Listed below are ways to make your geometric rug selection process a successful one.

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Tags: Ames Ingham, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Amanda Nisbet

Decorating With Oushak Rugs, the Little Black Dress of Your Space

Posted by Caroline Bell on May 17, 2013 5:18:00 PM

You're probably thinking, "The Oushak rug is the little black dress of interiors? How do you figure?" The origin of the little black dress is attributed to the venerable Coco Chanel, who believed that "la petite robe noire" was something every woman should have. When a woman throws on her favorite little back dress, she becomes larger than life. The little black dress is considered a fashion essential that turns a woman into her most beautiful and powerful self as soon as she dons it. Whether worn with a pair of dazzling diamond earrings in her ears, slinky black pumps, and full makeup, or worn with a simple updo, a single strand of pearls and low sensible heals, it's beautiful and perfect every time. The same sentiment could hold true for Oushak rugs. These timeless Turkish wonders, crafted from the softest wools into silky, luminous textures, have stood the test of time since their birth in the 15thand 16th centuries.

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Tags: oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, Annelle Primos, Martyn Lawrence Bullard

How to Give Traditional Rooms a Young Vibe with Pastel Oushak Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 16, 2013 10:04:00 PM

Leading interior designers are using soft colored Oushak rugs to give rooms decorated with traditional furniture and antique a youthful vibe.  Pastel Oushak rugs bring a contemporary energy to a room even though the patterns of Oushak rugs go back hundreds of years. To understand why soft colored Oushak rugs have become so desirable, read this quote by AD100 interior decorator Miles Redd which was published in a blog post last week: “Juxtaposition: high/ low; shiny/matte; refined/crude; grand/humble; modern/ancient. It is the essence of chic.” The best pastel Oushak rugs are an artful combination of modern and antique elements- their soft, tonal colors are modern, while their patterns are antique.  Such Oushak rugs are, to  borrow Redd's phrase, "the essence of chic". These Oushak rugs can perform multiple functions- they make modern rooms feel warm and sophisticated and they give traditional rooms a modern and youthful vibe. The antique patterns of Oushak rugs resonate with antique furniture, but their modern colorations give them a contemporary look. The best way to learn how to decorate with pastel Oushak rug and antiques is to carefully study interiors by great interior designers. We will learn from five beautiful interiors with Oushak rugs.

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Tags: oushak rugs, Amelia T. Handegan, Patricia McLean Interiors, Design Inspiration

Learn How Kate Spade Added Glamour to Home with Aubusson Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 15, 2013 10:25:00 PM

In last week's post we learned how Kate and Andy Spade created vibrant energy in their Park Avenue apartment by mixing modern art with Aubusson rugs and explained that energy is created when we mix objects from different periods and in different styles as explained by David Kleinberg's famous saying "When you stay relentlessly in one period, the eye absorbs it all in a single glance. Going against period introduces energy." Today we will learn four additional ways of creating energy in interiors: by creating pop with colors, through the interplay of different shapes, by mixing large and small scale patterns and fourthly by juxtaposing different textures and materials. We will learn these four methods from studying the Spade's apartment.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, Kate Spade

How the Shapes in Geometric Rugs Shape Our Emotions

Posted by Caroline Bell on May 15, 2013 9:50:00 AM

"I always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk." Dorothy Draper was talking about her approach to design, but she may as well have been referring to the effect that geometric rugs can have on a room. Geometric rugs are more than just floor coverings filled with designs featuring angles or curves. Have you ever noticed that you're drawn to particular shapes? If someone placed a square table in front of you and a round one, you'd probably have pretty strong opinions about which one you'd want in your home. Not only are humans drawn to certain shapes, but they're also drawn to symmetry and proportion. Shapes literally "shape" our emotions, drawing out of us a wide range of emotions ranging from ethereal calm to vivid, dynamic energy.,

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Tags: Dorothy Draper, Madeleine Castaing, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Thad Hayes

Make a Room Feel Collected, Not Decorated, with Damask Rugs

Posted by Caroline Bell on May 13, 2013 8:06:00 PM

Close your eyes, and think of a time you walked into a room with a beautiful damask rug that shimmered like silk. It was probably hard not to gasp as you resisted the urge to touch everything in the room, noting the way the damask rug, the furniture and the art all worked beautifully together. Damask patterns go back to ancient Byzantium and Damascus where they were woven in silk and the fabrics were used to cover walls as well as for drapes and furniture. A Damask fabric differs from other fabrics in that each side of the fabric is the perfect inverse of the other. Intricately woven with a weft yarn and a warp yarn, traditional damask fabrics have tonal colorations. Turning the fabric in your hands this way and that makes it shimmer and reveal subtle variations and elegant motifs and patterns. About 18 years ago damask patterns began to be woven into rugs using the Savonnerie carpet weaving method which allows the weaver to create the shimmer of silk damask fabrics by weaving the carpet with hundreds of shades of wool yarn. The effect is quite magical- the rug shimmers just like silk as you walk on it.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Koch Studio, Damask Rugs, Thomas Pheasant

Kate Spade Enriches Modern Art with Aubusson Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 12, 2013 11:21:00 PM

AD100 Interior Designer David Kleinberg famously said "When you stay relentlessly in one period, the eye absorbs it all in a single glance. Going against period introduces an energy." When Kate and Andy Spade mixed such very different stylistic periods as modern abstract art and a romantic 19th century Aubusson rug with floral and architectural motifs, they really went very far against period and the beauty of their Park Avenue living room is something to behold. The venerable Habitually Chic Blog went so far as to say "'s one of those timeless homes that will probably look as good in 30 years as it does after three which is a testament to the chic taste of it's owners as well as their interior designer, Steven Sclaroff." If we believe that the source of this homes wonderful energy does indeed come from the mixing of very different stylistic periods, then the same contrasting mix will still be there 30 years from now and the energy in the room will still be as wonderful as it is today. In today's post we will try to get a better understanding of this energy so we can become better at creating it in our interiors.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, Kate Spade

How Celebrity Collector Enriched Edgy Modern Art with Oushak Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 11, 2013 11:21:00 PM

The current issue of AD features a living room with bold and colorful contemporary art displayed against a 19th century Oushak rug. Just a few years ago the owner's Colonial Revival house in Greenwich, Connecticut had been decorated in luxurious traditional style by AD100 designer Mica Ertegun. But over the years the owner’s taste had changed as they amassed a collection of  “bold and provocative” contemporary art. The owners now  “…wanted a younger vibe,” for their home and called in AD100 designer, Joe Nahem and asked him to completely gut the traditional interior and build a modern setting for displaying works by John Baldessari, Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, and Cindy Sherman. The completed Nahem living room features edgy modern furniture and a soft beige Oushak rug. Why did Nahem not chose a contemporary rug in keeping with the contemporary furniture and art? Nahem probably felt that an Oushak rug would make the contemporary art stand out by providing contrast, while a contemporary rug create a feeling of sameness. This blog post explains why contrast is such a powerful concept in decorating as it is in other areas of life.

Nahem painted the living room walls gray to highlight Andy Warhol's blue silkscreen and the 1960s Carlo Nason floor lamps. The beige Oushak rug balances the cool blues and grays in the room. The rounded shapes of the sofa and chairs are balanced by the angular tables. A black floor contrast with the beige Oushak rug. The silky texture of the Oushak rug contrasts with polished surface of the sculptural sofa and tables. T blue velvet chairs add another texture. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

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Tags: Joe Nahem, oushak rugs, Design Inspiration

2 Glamorous Ways to Decorate with Fuchsia and Orange on Green Rugs

Posted by Alexis McDermott on May 9, 2013 10:52:00 PM

Have you ever wanted to design a glamorous living room in the bright colors of spring flowers that are coming out all around us now? With colorful new flowers making their appearance  all through spring and summer, I wanted our living room to be in sync with the wonderful happy colors of this time of the year. I started with a bright green rug that has small touches of yellow. The colors of this green rug remind me of delicate green leaves that have recently sprouted across New England. These greens are a great compliment for all the brightly colored flowers that come out in spring and summer. I created the color palette for the room with fuchsia, orange, yellow and purple because these are the colors we will be seeing through spring and summer. I found a stunning mid century modern sofa in a brilliant shade of fuchsia. The only way to go from there was to top it all off with bold Marimekko pillows in orange, yellow and purple. This makes a fun and glamorous living room. After completing this, I wondered what would I do in the fall. Would it be possible to easily change the look of the living room to be in sync with the colors we see in fall? I wanted make the seasonal change without having to change the green rug and the furniture. After some experimentation, the makeover turned out to be surprisingly easy to do.

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Tags: needlepoint rugs, Design Inspiration, Green Rugs

Decorating With Black Rugs: Faux Pas, or Très Bien?

Posted by Caroline Bell on May 8, 2013 10:04:00 PM

Here's the thing: decorating with black rugs is not a fantasy dreamed up by some color and design-challenged person who doesn't know an Aubusson rug from an Oushak rug. Your first thought about a black rug may put you in mind of a massive black hole in the center of a room that sucks everything into it. Black rugs can change bland rooms into gorgeous havens and plain spaces into exciting ones. Depending on the type of black rug you choose, decorating with black rugs may very well be the answer to any lingering and frustrating design dilemmas.

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Tags: needlepoint rugs, Black Rugs, Valentino, Design Inspiration, Renzo Mongiardino, Aubusson Rugs, Tamara Kaye-Honey

Bring the Romance of the Sea to Your Living Room with Chic Blue Rugs

Posted by Alexis McDermott on May 7, 2013 11:30:00 PM

Think of long morning walks, the sound of seabirds, the soft lapping of water at low tide, the scent of wild rose bushes and glorious sunsets. Now imagine walking back home from the beach and before you enter the living room, you stop and dream of how you want your living room to look. You visualize comfortable seating in colors that flow seamlessly from the outdoors- a favorite chair by the window where you would nestle with a book and then a comfortable sofa to stretch out on.  You would have mementos, pictures of family, reminders from favorite travels and works of art. Now I invite you to view the living room design I created after these musings.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Design Schemes, Blue Rugs

5 Glamorous Ways to Dress Up Rooms with Savonnerie Carpets

Posted by Caroline Bell on May 6, 2013 7:25:00 PM

Picture it. It's 2008, and you're walking through Brussel's Grand Place, munching on some pomme frites after having downed a white beer at a La Becasse. You suddenly happen upon what looks like miles and miles of fragrant...carpet? As your eyes adjust, you realize that you are looking at thousands upon thousands (700,000) of carefully arranged begonias. A few quick questions in your high school French later, and you learn that you are in the presence of the work of hundreds of artists and volunteers who worked tirelessly through the heat of day and the chill of night in order to create what must be the world's largest-ever replica of a Savonnerie carpet. It is then that you realize that Savonnerie carpets are truly something special.

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Tags: Hubert de Givenchy, Elsie de Wolfe, Château de Versailles, Scott Snyder, Jacques Garcia

How Celebrities Set their Personal Style with Bessarabian Carpets

Posted by Caroline Bell on May 4, 2013 5:36:00 PM

What Is a Bessarabian Carpet?

Ralph Lauren once said, "Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever." Keep this quote in mind when you're trying to design an exceptionally stylish home. Celebrities such as Lee Radziwill and Brooke Astor chose Bessarabian carpets to impart a distinguished personality to their homes. The best Bessarabian carpets were made for Russian royalty in the 19th century and are still preserved in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. These magnificent Bessarabian carpets combine French and English aesthetics with eastern hand weaving traditions. They stand right on the cusp of European and Oriental aesthetics and they feel exotic and familiar at the same time. They seamlessly blend high-end French court style, provincial design and Asian influences. The final results were beautiful rugs with highly distinctive designs that felt more relaxed than their European counterparts and this combination of refined aesthetics with a worn out handmade quality made them irresistible to European and American celebrities.

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Tags: Bessarabian Carpets, Design Inspiration, Lee Radziwill, Albert Hadley, Brooke Astor, David Easton

5 Design Tips: How to Make Interiors with Blue Rugs Warm and Inviting

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 3, 2013 11:12:00 PM

If you are searching for ideas on how to decorate with blue rugs, you will have to look for a long time before you find an example of a blue room that feels warm and inviting. I discovered this today. I had to search through more than 400 images before I found two rooms that were genuinely warm and inviting. I found hundreds of beautiful interiors with blue rugs and blue fabrics, but they all looked cold. I wouldn't want to spend much time in them, except during the hottest summer days. If you live in the northern half of the country, you will find these rooms feel cold and un-welcoming during the spring, fall and winter. And yet, each summer Design magazines fill their pages with blue and white rooms. These rooms will be used for at most three months of the year and stay unused for most of the year. The surprising thing is that it is not at all difficult to design rooms with blue rugs that feel warm and welcoming all year round. I feature two masterpieces today, one is by Billy Baldwin and the other by Walter Lees. These interiors are great illustrations of our five design tips for making interiors with blue rugs feel warm and inviting all year round.  

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Tags: Walter Lees, Design Inspiration, Blue Rugs, Blue and White Rugs, Billy Baldwin

How to Give Rooms a Young Energy: Use Gold Rugs and Joyful Color

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 2, 2013 10:16:00 PM

When interior designer Susan Nelson was asked to design the living room in Washington Design Center's prestigious DreamHome, she immediately recalled seeing a gold rug with bright colors that she thought would be perfect for infusing the room with youthful energy, "My goal was to design a pretty living room that would bring a smile to anyone who entered", said Nelson. "The first design decision was to use the Asmara Pamplona gold Savonnerie rug to center the furniture. I just love this geometric, architectural rug and can’t help but smile when I look at all those colors – yellow, green, coral, turquoise, lavender..." Interior designer Christina Murphy a member of House Beautiful's "America's Top 100 Designers," would have agreed. Murphy popular quote reproduced here says, "Punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging." The best way to create vibrant punches of color is to use a gold rug as a backdrop. Because fabrics and accessories look fresher and more vibrant when placed on a gold rug. Susan Nelson's show house living room is a great way to learn our 5 Tips: How to Give  Rooms a Young Energy: Use Gold Rugs and Joyful Color.

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Tags: Savonnerie Carpets, Design Inspiration, Gold Rugs, Susan Nelson

How to Decorate with Brunschwig & Fils Paisley Fabrics and Blue Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 1, 2013 3:11:00 PM

A common mistake people make when decorating with blue paisley fabrics such as Brunschwig & Fils Izmir Paisley, is to pair them with blue rugs that are too similar to the fabric. The result is a room that looks un-exciting, even though everything is perfectly matched. What is missing is the energy and beauty that arises when you decorate to create contrasts in pattern, scale, color and texture. When you focus entirely on looking for rugs with the exact shade of blue or rugs with patterns similar to the fabric, you overlook the rugs that could have made the room look stunning. You can avoid these common mistakes if you keep four criteria in mind: Firstly, look for rugs with patterns that contrast with the pattern of the fabric. Second, pay attention to scale- the scale of the blue rug's pattern should either be larger or smaller, but not the same as the scale of the fabric's pattern. Thirdly, look for blue rugs that contain several shades of blue as well as some warm colors to balance the cold blues. Finally, look for blue rugs with a texture that is different from the fabric's texture. If you keep these four criteria in mind, you are more likely to find a blue rug that you really like and that will also enhances the overall look and feel of the room. I will illustrate the four criteria in detail with the help of an example.

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Tags: Brunsschwig & Fils, Paisley Fabrics, Brunschwig & Fils, Design Inspiration

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