Designer Rug Blog - Interior Design Inspiration

Oushak Rugs Enrich 4 Stunning Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 31, 2013 12:50:00 AM

Oushak rugs combine subtle, modern colors with centuries old patterns that originated in Oushak, Turkey in the 17th century. The best Oushak rugs have luscious colors and lustrous wool that will grow in beauty with use. When selecting Oushak rugs look for rugs with luxurious pile and avoid those that have very a low pile which is the result of excessive chemical treatments and distressing. You can choose rugs that have soft shades of cream, blues and golds or you can find rugs with vibrant coral and red tones. Oushak rugs will enhance both modern and traditional interiors as they themselves are a combination of modern colors and antique patterns. Here are 4 interiors in different styles that show the many looks you can create with Oushak rugs.

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Tags: Brenda Gold Levy, oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, Bunny Williams, Thomas O'Brien, Richard Keith Langham

Orange Rugs Add Warmth and Style to 3 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 31, 2013 12:02:00 AM

Whether you are looking for the perfect fall décor or something to bring out the earthy highlights in your room, an orange rug can be exactly what you need to create a warm, welcoming space. While orange can be a bold choice, many interior designers find unique ways to bring out the rustic and citrus shades. Because orange is an uncommon choice, it makes the perfect centerpiece for your design or serves as a vibrant accent. In today’s blog post, I’ll show you some cozy interiors that add just the right amount of color with orange rugs.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Orange Rugs, Christine Fife

Damask Rugs Adorn 4 Stunning Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 30, 2013 10:07:00 PM

The beauty of a damask rug derives from an interplay between color, pattern and texture. Some of the most beautiful and flexible damask rugs have tonal colorations and wonderful cut and loop textures that accentuate the similar by subtly different shades. Rarely silk is used to highlight the pattern, but usually the rugs are made of lustrous wool. Recently damask rugs have also been made in highly contrasting colors. The four interiors show how top designers decorate with four very different damask rugs. You will see that damask rugs are a beautiful way to add texture, contrast and chic style to an interior.

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Tags: Celerie Kemble, Design Inspiration, Koch Studio, Steven Gambrel, Damask Rugs

Blue Rugs Create Quintessential Color Combinations in 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 30, 2013 12:02:00 AM

In her book A Passion for Blue and White, Carolyne Roehm observes, “
Nature’s quintessential color combination of blue and white never ceases to amaze me.” Blue and white is a classic combination that can be conventional or unexpected, but it is always a crowd-pleaser. The secret to pulling off this classic look is choosing the perfect blue rug. The rooms featured today utilize four expertly chosen blue rugs that demonstrate how you can use blue and white in almost any room in your home.

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Tags: Eliza Gatfield, Design Inspiration, Jorge Elias, Michael S. Smith, Blue Rugs, Billy Baldwin

Oushak Rugs Bring Serene Beauty to 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 29, 2013 10:22:00 PM

A beautifully decorated home is not cluttered with meaningless items. An elegant interior showcases the necessary alongside the meaningful. Designer Charlotte Moss once said, "Our objects, bibelots, whatnots, and knickknacks- say the most about who we are. They are as honest as a diary." Honesty and purpose can be the difference between a space that looks like a random assortment of items and a room that is truly curated and Oushak rugs are a great help in designing a purposefully decorated space.

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Tags: William Yeoward, Aiden Gray, oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, John Saladino, Richard Keith Langham

Bessarabian Rugs Enrich 4 Traditional and Modern Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 29, 2013 5:30:00 PM

In 19th century Russia the royal family and the nobles became so enamored by French and English carpets, they ordered copies of these rugs to be made in the countryside of Bessarabia which was then a part of Russia. Surprisingly the copies turned out to more charming than the originals because the weavers wove the the formal French and English patterns in a naïve and unstudied manner.  After the fall of the Czar in 1917 some of these rugs were shipped off to Paris, London and New York where they became known as Bessarabian rugs. Interior designers recognized their incredible beauty and prized them as a more friendly alternative to French and English rugs. Legendary interior designers Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, David Easton and John Saladino have designed beautiful rooms with these rugs and we will look at them to learn how to decorate with the Bessarabian rugs

Add Warmth and Color with Red Bessarabian Rug


This beautiful space, designed by John Saladino is anchored on a rich Bessarabian rug in muted red, brown, and yellows and golds.  The rug features a delicate medallion and floral design in warm colors.  A chair with woven cane arms and coral cushion brings resonates with the colors and pattern of the rug.  A large steamer trunk in dark red and brown resonates with the exotic style of the rug.  Gold throw pillows and window treatments add brightness, and the decorative crown molding resonates with the pattern of the rug.

Add Brightness with White Walls and Black Bessarabian Rug

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Lee Radziwill, Bessarabian Rugs, John Saladino, Theo and Isabella Design Group

Green Rugs Bring Chic Style and Soothing Calm to 3 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 27, 2013 8:44:00 PM

Green is a color that is often associated with rebirth, nature, and growth.  In some cultures, green is also used in the home to signify wealth and prosperity.  Using green rugs in an interior is an excellent way to build a room around these themes and infuse the regenerative, calming qualities of nature.

Create a Nature Inspired Look with Green Rug

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Tags: Lauren Leiss, Design Inspiration, Bunny Williams, Green Rugs, David Hicks, Richard Keith Langham

Aubusson Rugs Bring French Art to 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 26, 2013 8:33:00 PM

Choosing artwork for a room can be very tricky, especially if you aren't an art buff or don't happen to have an art consultant on hand. We often think of artwork as primarily for our walls, but Aubusson rugs can add a touch of artistry to a room without the hassle of choosing original artwork. Many of the designs found in Aubusson rugs were made from original paintings made by fine artists, so it is only natural that their presence would bring a sense of beauty to any room.

Frame Vintage Finds and Family Heirlooms with Aubusson Rug

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Tags: Hubert de Givenchy, Henri Samuel, Susan Gutfreund, Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, Jacques Garcia, Richard Keith Langham

Savonnerie Rugs Enrich 3 Blue and Gold Interiors by Alberto Pinto

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 25, 2013 6:47:00 PM

Paris-based decorator Alberto Pinto has had an array of cultural influences that are reflected in his work. Pinto was born in Morocco to Argentinean parents, attended school in France and lived in New York City. Pinto has designed homes for many heads of state and celebrities and is adept in working in different cultural settings all over the world. Pinto has developed a special flair for decorating with Savonnerie carpets and today's three glamorous rooms by Pinto can teach us a lot about decorating with Savonnerie rugs and using blue and gold in the right balance.

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Tags: Alberto Pinto, Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs

Geometric Rugs Add Glamour to 4 Interiors by Kelly Wearstler

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 25, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Fashion designer Michael Kors once said “Scale changes something ordinary and mundane into something special.” This is true for interior design as much as it does to fashion. We are going to look how you can create different looks with geometric rugs that have small scale and large scale patterns. We will look at four rooms by the celebrated West Coast interior designer Kelly Wearstler.

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Tags: Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Kelly Wearstler

Savonnerie Rugs Add Drama and Flair to 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 24, 2013 11:21:00 PM

Savonnerie rugs are famous for their regal style and excellent craftsmanship.  Loved by French royalty for centuries, Savonnerie rugs are elegant and perfect for those looking to decorate with a traditional, but dramatic, flair.  Their glorious colors and sophisticated color palettes make them an excellent anchor for a variety of decorating styles. Savonnerie rugs are particularly effective in pulling together interiors that have a mix of modern and traditional furniture and art.

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Tags: Alberto Pinto, Hubert de Givenchy, Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Scott Snyder, Michael S. Smith

Red Rugs Evoke Emotion in 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 24, 2013 9:17:00 PM

Red was one of the first dyes that the early humans discovered and it is one of the first colors used in paintings, pottery, and fabric. Our ancestors have been using the color red for thousands of years, and over this time we have developed a strong emotional attachment to this color. Today we associate red with romance, passion, danger and power. Using red rugs in your home can evoke powerful emotions while drawing attention to the most unique elements in the room.

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Tags: L'Wren Scott, Design Inspiration, red rugs, Carolyne Roehm, Diamond Baratta

Geometric Rugs Add Modern Flair to 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 23, 2013 11:03:00 PM

Geometric rugs can provide a funky, modern flair to any space.  It's easy to be intimidated, as geometric rugs often carry a large presence on their own and some may fear they will clash with other objects in the room.  However, Architect Carlos Aparicio advises, "If the objects hold their own ground and are powerful in their own right, there's no mismatch.  Pieces that were never imagined sharing a room can somehow look great together."  Keeping this in mind, there are some simple ways to incorporate the unconventional and sleek charm of geometric rugs while creating a beautiful harmony.

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Tags: Diane Bergeron, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Steven Gambrel, Jonathan Adler, Mary McDonald

Orange Rugs and Bold Patterns Heighten Wow! Factor in 7 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 23, 2013 5:12:00 PM

Orange is one of the big colors this fall, and you’d be surprised how many ways you can use this bold color to add drama and flair to any room in the home. While orange might seem tricky to coordinate, in reality, it works with a huge number of color schemes. It can add a bold punch of color to a black and white interior. It works surprisingly well with blue, its complementary color on the color wheel. It adds extra interest to a room that uses pinks, corals or reds in the predominant color scheme. It blends nicely with golds, yellows and browns. Orange rugs can be used to make dramatic statements in a number of different ways. Use a bold orange rug as an anchor point, or use a softer coral pattern to create a remarkably rich and elegant backdrop to blend elements of the room. And when you pair the color with another of the season’s biggest trends – geometric patterns – the wow factor goes off the charts.

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Tags: John Stefanidis, J. Randall Powers, Design Inspiration, Orange Rugs, Steven Sclaroff, Jay Jeffers, Susan Diana Harris

Aubusson Rugs Enhance Michael S. Smith's Newly Renovated Penthouse

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 23, 2013 12:02:00 AM

We are all in pursuit of a space that is both comfortable and eye-catching. Design legend Albert Hadley advised, “Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living.” It’s a formula that you can easily follow by emulating Michael S. Smith who is one of the most gifted and highly respected decorator of our day. We’ll take a look at his newly renovated New York penthouse, that was featured on the cover of  Architectural Digest, and learn how he used gorgeous Aubusson rugs to create his signature look of European classicism with a hint of American modernism. The spaces are comfortable and attractive, and the Aubusson rugs play a central role.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, Michael S. Smith

Geometric Rugs Enhance 4 Modern and Traditional Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 22, 2013 5:12:00 PM

Geometric patterned floors go back two thousand years to classical Greece and Rome and in the past few years we have seen a great resurgence in the popularity of geometric rugs with patterns inspired by antique stone and wood floors and classical architecture. The new geometric rugs are very versatile and are being used by interior designers with both modern and traditional furniture. A carefully chosen geometric rug can create cohesion and make the overall room design more engaging. Whether you choose a bold geometric pattern in highly contrasting colors or a subtle pattern in soft colors, geometric rugs are an excellent choice.

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Tags: Katie Ridder, Joe Nahem, Jamie Meares, Furbish Studio, Ned Marshall, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration

Blue Rugs Bring Calm Atmosphere to 4 Chic Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 21, 2013 10:40:00 PM

A home should not only be a reflection of your personality and style but also a comfortable environment where you can relax, recharge, and renew.  Albert Hadley said, "Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living."  With this in mind, making your home a comfortable oasis can be an easy and enjoyable process if you start with a calming color palette.  Blue rugs are an excellent way to build a room that conveys a calm, serene feeling.  It's no wonder blue rugs are seen in luxury resorts and spas around the world!

Create a Soothing and Chic Family Room with Blue Rug

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Tags: Elizabeth Martin, Cindy Rinfret, Design Inspiration, Blue Rugs

Orange Rugs Add Drama and Personality to 3 Chic Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 21, 2013 5:17:00 PM

Interiors designed to feature orange rugs have a unique ability to offer warmth regardless of the season. It’s easy, particularly in mid-October, to find yourself surrounded by all things pumpkin and assume that orange is a color best suited for the autumn.

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Tags: Fernandez & True Interiors, Design Inspiration, Jorge Elias, Orange Rugs, Richard Keith Langham

Cream and Gold Aubusson Rugs Enrich 4 Traditional Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 20, 2013 11:32:00 PM

Once only available to the nobility of France, Aubusson rugs are an extremely valuable tool in an interior designer's arsenal. The most desirable Aubusson rugs have cream, beige or gold background colors with two or three accent colors. As the four stunning interiors in today's post will show, these Aubusson rugs are very flexible and will work in many kinds of interiors. These Aubusson rugs can completely change the appearance of a room and pull together different elements in a room into a harmonious design.

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Tags: Alberto Pinto, William Eubanks, David Hare, Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs

Oushak Rugs Make it Easy to Add Color to 4 Chic Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 19, 2013 11:30:00 PM

Oushak Rugs are some of the finest decorative rugs on the market.  Their luminous wool, luscious colors, ancient patterns and ability to enrich both modern and traditional interiors has made Oushak rugs very popular with interior decorators. Today we will learn how interior designers use Oushak rugs to add color and chic style to interiors. We will study four stunning interiors by top decorators and see how the sophisticated color palettes of Oushak rugs provide a great jumping off point for adding color to interiors.

Design Blue and White Living Room with Oushak Rug

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Tags: David Rockwell, Suzanne Kassler, Annelle Barnet, oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, Michael S. Smith

Aubusson Rugs Enrich Living and Dining Rooms, Bedroom, and Library

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 18, 2013 5:03:00 PM

Aubusson Rugs are renowned for their elegance and sophistication. Favored by 18th century French aristocracy these tapestry weave rugs come in a variety of colors and sizes, and can be an excellent foundation for traditional as well as contemporary rooms.  Here are four examples of how interior designer use Aubusson rugs in dining rooms, bedrooms, living rooms and libraries.

Use Red as Power Color in Modern Dining Room


This dining room design features a beautiful Aubusson rug in cream, gold and red.  The delicate red design in the rug is highlighted by the beautiful red velvet chairs at the head of the table, and the white theme is carried throughout the room in the window treatments, walls, dining chairs, and in the delicate floral arrangement.  A large, gilded ornate mirror and adds texture and drama to the room. The dark wood floor has a rustic finish to provide contrast to the refined pattern and light colors of the Aubusson rug.

Make Bedroom a Spring Oasis with Floral Aubusson Rug


This elegant bedroom is open and airy. White walls and white ceiling with exposed beams create height and openness, and the crystal chandelier adds elegance and romance.  The Aubusson Rug is in a classic pastel palette, with creams, whites, pinks, greens, and light purple floral motifs. The bed has an olive green decorative pillow for a pop of color, and the green plant in the corner as well as the pink tulips on the nightstand, accentuate the spring time feeling.  White furniture with clean lines enhances the whites and creams of the Aubusson rug.  This light, romantic concept is sure to instill inner peace in any bedroom sanctuary (adorable puppy in the corner not included, unfortunately).

Enhance Modern Art with Gold Aubusson Rug


This stylish and edgy living room, designed for Kate Spade's home by Steven Sclaroff, incorporates vintage and modern elements.  The Aubusson rug is simple and sophisticated, with a gold border and delicate red, and pink flowers and yellow-green leaves. Image courtesy Steven Sclaroff.

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Tags: Niall Smith, Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, Kate Spade, Steven Sclaroff

Oushak Rugs Add Style and Warmth to 3 Traditional Spaces

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 18, 2013 2:30:00 AM

Oushak rugs have become very popular with interior designers because their soft colors and antique patterns give them the ability to completely transform the look of a room. In today's blog post we will see how designers use Oushak rugs to pull together all the fabrics and furniture into a unified whole, add a luxurious texture and define cozy seating areas in a large open plan living room. The three interiors in today's post are traditional, but this does not mean that Oushak rugs work only in traditional interiors. Future blog posts will show how Oushak rugs are used to enhance contemporary interiors.

Bring in the Light with a Pale Oushak Rug

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Tags: Patricia McLean, oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, Michael S. Smith, Lane-McCook & Associates

Geometric Rugs Add Chic Vibe to 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 17, 2013 10:22:00 PM

If you feel as though your current room design is a little lackluster, you may want to consider breaking out one of the most versatile of all design tools- the noble rug. Rugs can span the gamut from cozy oriental rugs to bold geometric rugs. Many top designers today incorporate geometric rugs into their designs as a way of defining different seating area, pulling together furniture and art of different styles into a unified whole or creating interest and comfort with a luxurious texture. Geometric rugs are great way to start your room design as they can guide and inspire the choice of fabrics, colors and furniture.

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Tags: Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Vicente Wolf, Victoria Hagan

Green Rugs Enhance 4 Traditional and Modern Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 17, 2013 4:04:00 PM

Frank Lloyd Wright said that, “Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation.” This is certainly true of green rugs. Today we will study four chic rooms with green rugs and learn how designers use several shades of green and a mixture of contrasting shapes and textures to design beautiful and inviting rooms. You will learn design principles that apply to both tradtional and contemporary rooms with green rugs and this can help you design a room with a green rug in your own style.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Green Rugs, Geoffrey de Sousa, Meg Braff

Oushak Rugs Help 3 Homeowners Express Their Unique Style

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 16, 2013 6:04:00 PM

We feel most comfortable when the design of our home reflects the way we actually live. We can even say that a stylish home is one that reflects our personality. Vogue Magazine's famous editor Anna Wintour advises, “Create your own style…let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”

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Tags: oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, Bunny Williams, Timothy Corrigan, Lane-McCook & Associates

Orange Rugs Bring Fall Colors and Chic Look to Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 16, 2013 5:17:00 PM

The colors of Fall are rich, warm, and earthy - excellent qualities for any cozy space.  Fall's most prevalent color, orange, can feel intimadating to homeowners even though their interior designers are very adept at using them.  The key to feeling comforatable with decorating with Fall colors is to understand that there are many subtle ways to decorate with them. Orange rugs and fall colors are very versatile, not only as vibrant centerpieces, but also as complements to many other styles that you may not have thought of.  With smart choices, orange rugs and fall colors can be vibrant, appealing, and add elegance to any space.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Orange Rugs, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Susan Diana Harris, Christine Fife, Bryn Alexandra

Savonnerie Carpets Bring Prestige and Style to 3 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 16, 2013 12:03:00 AM

It is common knowledge that Savonnerie carpets are the most prestigious amongst all rugs. Antique Savonnerie rugs made for Louis XVI fetch millions of dollars at Sotheby's and Christies auctions. Interior designers have incorporated these colorful rugs into some of the most exquisite and sophisticated rooms across the world. The variety of colors and patterns found in Savonnerie rugs impart a prestigious personality to a room. The saying "Less is More" clearly doesn't apply to these rugs. In fact there is now a Pinterest board titled "Less is a Bore" in which rooms with Savonnerie rugs are prominently featured.

Designer Albert Hadley once said that "the essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live." While we have seen Savonnerie rugs in regal looking rooms, these are not the only kind of interiors that can benefit from the unique charm of a Savonnerie rug. The three interiors in today's post show how to decorate with Savonnerie rugs in a way that serves how the owner of the home lives and not some impersonal and grandiose style.

Design a Grand Living Room with Savonnerie Rug

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Nicholas Haslam, Studio Peregalli

Geometric Rugs Bring Ton of Personality to 3 Chic Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 15, 2013 10:04:00 PM

Geometric patterns add energy and chic style to an interior. Take a look at the amazing presence created by the geometric tiled floor and vibrantly colorful geometric patterns on the ceiling of the famous “Peacock room” in Tuscany’s Castello di Sammezzano. So stunning, you’d never imagine it was abandoned, but it is. Photo courtesy of photozonly.com

Choosing the right pattern and palette for a geometric rug can be difficult if you try to find a rug after a room has already been decorated. This is why many interior designers start the room by first choosing a rug. Some designer's such as Thomas C. Achille even go so far as to advise, “Let the rug be the star.” Today we’re going to put this approach into action and show how three designers have created chic, personal spaces with geometric rugs.

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Tags: Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Kelly Wearstler, Ruthie Sommers, Gomez Associates

Oushak Rugs Enrich 4 Stunning Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 14, 2013 11:03:00 PM

The hallmark of a good rug is that makes the room look more attractive as a whole without drawing attention to the rug. The right rug will pull together all the different objects in the room so they become part of a unified look.  Such is the case when the Oushak rugs. Whether you tastes runs to the traditional or to the contemporary, there is an Oushak rug that will enhance your desired decorating style. This is because Oushak rugs are themselves a combination of the  ancient and the modern- their patterns go back centuries but their colors look modern. This combination of the traditional and the modern means that Oushak rugs can pull together objects of many different styles and give the room a unified look. More than any other type of rug Oushak rugs can bring a touch of luxury without making the room look ostentatious. Their subtlety and simplicity remind us of Coco Chanel’s advice, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”

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Tags: oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, Bunny Williams, Providence Design, Design Crisis

Needlepoint Rugs Bring Chic Look to Neoclassical Home

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Oct 14, 2013 5:18:00 PM

AD 100 interior decorator Miles Redd once said “Juxtaposition: high/ low; shiny/matte; refined/crude; grand/humble; modern/ancient. It is the essence of chic.”  Designer Friederike Kemp Biggs recently followed this approach in renovating his New York penthouse. Biggs paired such stylistic opposites as neoclassical architecture and floral English needlepoint rugs so beautifully, his rooms got featured in Architectural Digest. We can be excused for fearing that mixing objects of very different styles will create a confusing hodgepodge. So it is an eye opener to see how chic Biggs home looks with its mix of floral needlepoint rugs and neoclassical architecture.

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Tags: needlepoint rugs, Design Inspiration, Friederike Kemp Biggs

Aubusson Rugs Bring Color and Style to 3 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 12, 2013 8:24:00 PM

Steve Jobs once said, "Design is not just what it looks like, design is how it works." It is no secret that Aubusson rugs look stunning and elegant, it is how well they fit with modern and classic designs that make them work so well in so many rooms. An excellent way to allot space or guide the eye to key features in the room, Aubusson rugs are perfect for making classic, functional spaces come alive.

Create a Bold Look with Aubusson Rugs

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, Christian Dior, Michael Coorengel, Jean-Pierre Calvagrac, Georges Geffroy

Aubusson Rugs Energize 3 Boldly Stylish Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 12, 2013 12:47:00 AM

Do you love boldly colorful interiors? Vibrant colors can be intimidating, because the result can be disastrous if done incorrectly. One way to ensure that a vibrantly colorful room design comes out well is to begin with a colorful Aubusson rug.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, Yves Gastou, Nicholas Haslam, Michelle Nussbaumer

Oushak Rugs Add Flair to Atlanta Decorator Showhouse

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 11, 2013 11:42:00 PM

Design legend Albert Hadley once said, “Flair—a primitive kind of style—may be innate, but I think knowledgeable taste is learned, the result of travel, experience, living, education.” This knowledgeable taste is visible annually at the Atlanta Symphony Associates Decorator’s Show House. Every year, top designers are invited to put there flair, experience and education on display in the Show House.

Oushak rugs played a central role in the most recent Atlanta Show House. Follow the path set by the Show House’s designers that is a result of their knowledgeable taste—acquired through travel, experience, living and education.

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Aubusson Rugs Add Color and Class to 3 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 11, 2013 12:21:00 AM

The  plot of the 1999 cult comedy classic film "The Big Lebowski" is largely focused around the loss of a prized carpet, one the protagonist claims "tied the room together." You would not be taken as flippant if you heartily agreed. Indeed the right rug can be a room's grace note, unifying all the other design aspects of a space, from furnishings to window dressings to decoration. So too, though, can a poorly selected rug ruin the aesthetic appeal of a an interior. The surest way to avoid dealing with the latter situation is to choose a decorative rug that is time-tested. When it comes to Aubusson rugs, perhaps "classic" would be a better way to put it, though.


The rich, deep golds and green of this Aubusson rug compliment the dramatic design elements of this lavish and colorful room. The gold baroque scrolls in the Aubusson rug are echoed in the drapery. The green background color of the rug is picked up by the greenery in the floral arrangements, in the garden outside and by the green chaise longue. The pink flowers and blue box in the background create pop.

An great rug is as close as on can come to laying a piece of artwork on the ground. Aubusson rugs feature elegant, dramatic designs that can accentuate the patterns and design elements already at work in a room, or they can offer style and flash to a room otherwise designed and decorated with simplicity. Like few other design elements, and perhaps like no other carpets, Aubusson rugs can either blend into the overall feel and "flavor" of a room or indeed they can command that feel from the ground up.


See how the Garonne BK Aubusson Rug is a work of art in and of itself? Laid out in an open foyer, it would be the focal point of the entire space. Placed in a well-appointed gallery or sitting room, it would blend seamlessly into the interior.

Great carpets are seldom overlooked by great designers, but to the untrained eye, occasionally the fact that a rug is hardly even noticed is arguably its greatest compliment. A carpet of any size is impossible to miss if it is poorly chosen. The carpet that is hardly noticed indeed must fit its space perfectly. There is no call for a deep, dramatic carpet in a sunlit solarium, for example, just as there is no place for a floral print carpet in a darker corner of the house, say a wine cellar.

Thus it is that with Aubusson rugs the designs and patterns of the rugs are as crucial -- and as carefully wrought -- as the colors.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, Amanda Nisbet

Mixing Savonnerie Rugs and Modern Art Creates 2 Stunning Interiors

Posted by Caroline Bell on Oct 10, 2013 9:40:00 PM

There's something thrilling about decorating your home with Savonnerie rugs and modern art. The juxtaposition of old and new, or traditional and modern, can really pack a punch in a room. Savonnerie rugs feature lush patterns that can range from French baroque to Neoclassical and romantic. Savonnerie rugs feature medallions and floral elements within architectural borders. Imagine one of these luscious rugs spread out in a room with dark wood floors. Your first instinct may be to fill the room with Louis XVI furnishings. Savonnerie rugs would obviously look great within that sort of design scheme since that was how they were originally used. Now, imagine that you've got your heart set on a favorite Mark Rothko painting. The rich and densely hued horizontal blocks of color appeal to you, and you wonder if it would work in the room with your classic rug and furnishings. The answer is a resounding "yes." Savonnerie rugs work beautifully with modern art, no matter what type of art it is. You could almost look at Savonnerie rugs as modern art themselves, with their bold designs and vibrant colors.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Jorge Elias, Michael Siller

Geometric Rugs Ramp Up Chic Factor in 4 Colorful Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 9, 2013 11:21:00 PM

Designer Christina Murphy says “Punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging.”  Murphy's decorating approach can help you design rooms that are the essence of chic. In order to design such an interior you need to understand how to use color effectively and how to create drama with great looking geometric rugs. Take a close look at the four interiors with geometric rugs and see how the room's designers used pattern, color and a mix of textures to create stunning rooms.

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Tags: Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration

Oushak Rugs Add Cozy Warmth and Chic Style to 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 9, 2013 10:13:00 PM

With a staggering 48 inches of snow already on the ground in South Dakota in the very first week of October, it’s no wonder we are all looking for ideas for bringing a cozy feeling to our homes. Oushak rugs can be a superb solution. Their warm colors, luxurious textures and handmade patterns bring a welcoming warmth and chic style to a room. Today we’ll look at five cozy spaces where designers have used Oushak rugs to bring an inviting warmth and a chic style to interiors.

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Tags: oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, John Saladino, Suzanne Tucker, Pamela Shamshiri, Lane-McCook & Associates, Commune

Green Rugs Bring Chic Energy to 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 8, 2013 11:30:00 PM

If you choose the right rug for a room, it will make the room look stylish and more comfortable. Interior designers often use green rugs to bring out the beauty of furniture and art in a room. Green rugs also bring the invigorating and calming energy of nature into a room. Green rugs come in many different shades and it is important to choose the right shade of green in a pattern that unifies the many different objects in a room. Green is nature's most widely used color for a very good reason- it makes every other color in nature look more beautiful. If you look closely at the flowers in a garden you will notice that every flower has green leaves in a particular shade that brings out the beauty of that flower the best. Learn from nature and chose a green rug that will make your room design more beautiful. Many interior designers find it best to start with the rug. First pick a green rug that speaks to you and then take a sample of the rug with you when you you go shopping for fabrics and accessories. Let the rug guide you in choosing the best fabrics and the right wall colors and accessories. The four chic rooms in today's post will spark ideas for decorating with green rugs. Study them closely and see how leading decorators use different types of green rugs to create fabulous interiors.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Green Rugs, Nina Yashar, Kellogg Collection, Vicente Wolf

Savonnerie Rugs Add Splendor to 5 Modern and Traditional Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 7, 2013 10:31:00 PM

We’re used to seeing Savonnerie rugs in opulent rooms packed with antiques and finery fit for Royals – in fact, the picture below of Marie Antoinette’s Gilded Study is an excellent example of Savonnerie rugs in just such a setting. But today's leading interior designers are using Savonnerie rugs in more modern ways as we shall see in the chic interiors featured in today's post.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Jean-Louis Deniot, Marie-Antoinette

Geometric Rugs Add Drama to 2 Chic Interiors

Posted by Caroline Bell on Oct 7, 2013 9:05:00 AM

Decorating with geometric rugs is a great way to add visual interest to a room. Plain rooms can literally come alive with the mere presence of fabulously patterned geometric rugs. Geometric rugs have patterns that you either love, or you don’t, so they end up being very personal. If you’re planning on decorating with geometric rugs, keep the following information in mind:

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Tags: Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Mary McDonald, Robert Passal

Green Rugs Bring in Nature's Fresh Energy: 5 Chic Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 6, 2013 4:01:00 PM

Eventually the gorgeous autumn colors we see around us these days will yield to brown branches, mud and occasionally, snow. But if you use a green rug to anchor your next interior design project, you could effectively have the fresh, new life of spring around you whatever the weather. Today we’re going to look at five situations where designers have used green rugs to enliven rooms.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Green Rugs, Geoffrey de Sousa, Jonathan Adler, Meg Braff, Vincente Wolf, Jonathan Alder

Orange Rugs Add Chic Energy to 2 Interiors

Posted by Caroline Bell on Oct 5, 2013 11:56:00 PM

Orange is one of the most beautiful and vibrant colors on the color wheel and it has the ability to energize or soothe. It’s often said that orange is the color of revitalization, hope and energy. In color therapy, orange is often used to nurture and awaken a depressed soul. When decorating with orange rugs, you can create any mood in a room that you wish. 

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Tags: Jason Arnold, Design Inspiration, Orange Rugs, Billy Baldwin

Orange Rugs: 3 Chic Rooms for Winter, Summer and Spring

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 3, 2013 10:16:00 PM

Interior designer Thomas O’Brien believes interior design is “not about trends or what’s in season…it’s really about beautiful and classical things.” This truth applies to orange rugs because rooms decorated with orange rugs bring sunny Mediterranean colors into a room all year round.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Orange Rugs, Steven Sclaroff

Bessarabian Rugs Bring Distinction to 4 Modern Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 2, 2013 11:57:00 PM

There is something truly special about the ambiance Bessarabian rugs bring to a room. These tapestry weave carpets can readily impart a sense of drama, an eclectic vibe, or even an under-stated funky feeling to an interior. What makes a Bessarabian rug so versatile? Quite simply, their high-contrast color palette and their naive rendetion of French and English rugs which have endeared them to prestigious interior decorators in Paris, London and  New York. Today we’re going to see how four top designers decorate with Bessarabian rugs and how they bring a unique personality to interiors.

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Tags: Karen Marcus, Susan Zises Green, Hellen van Berkel, Design Inspiration, Bessarabian Rugs, Jean-Louis Deniot

Orange Rugs: 3 Stunning Interiors Show How to Decorate

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 2, 2013 11:30:00 AM

Orange is a unique color that has several opportunities to make an impression. Bright shades can create a citrus paradise, deeper shades can recreate a vintage charm, and the lightest hints can inspire an instant calm. With the right orange rugs, any room can achieve a one-of-a-kind look. In today's blog, we will explore three positively chic interiors by designers who really know how to use this unique color.

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Aubusson Rugs: How to Decorate in Your Own Style

Posted by Caroline Bell on Oct 1, 2013 9:53:00 PM

Decorating with Aubusson rugs doesn't have to be tricky. Some people become overwhelmed by the patterns present in many Aubusson rugs, and others believe that they're limited by what they "should" and "shouldn’t" do. Aubusson rugs can have intricate designs, or they can have more subdued graphics. There's no rulebook as to how you should decorate with them.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs

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