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Where to Buy Needlepoint Rugs: 9 Top Sources and 17 Decorating Tips

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Oct 25, 2015 8:31:00 PM

A new generation of interior designers is beginning to appreciate the classical beauty of needlepoint rugs at a time when these rugs can no longer be made because nearly all needlepoint workshops in China have shut down. Before the shut down 99% of all needlepoint rugs were made in China. But China has developed so rapidly and wages have more than tripled in just a few years. Workers are drawn to higher paying jobs in high tech manufacturing. When I started making needlepoint rugs in China in the late 1980's I was deeply impressed by the ultra-fine sense of color and attention to detail I found among the artists in China. With China no longer making these rugs there are just two specialist importers left who still have fine needlepoint rugs from before the factories closed down. They are Asmara and Stark Carpet. An additional seven dealers offer antique needlepoint rugs. All 9 top sources of needlepoint rugs are listed at the end of this post. Here are 17 tips for decorating with needlepoint rugs.

 

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Tags: Bailey & Hart, Lynnens, Koch Studio, Allison Paladino, Where to buy needlepoint rugs

23 Styles of Designer Rugs: Part 2 - From Damask Rugs to Dhurrie Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Oct 20, 2015 3:00:00 AM

In the second installment of 23 Styles of Designer Rugs we look at the history of Damask rugs and Dhurrie rugs and how to design stunning interiors with a Damask rug and a Dhurrie rug.

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Architectural Digest November 2015: 6 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Oct 15, 2015 3:00:00 AM

It is hard to imagine how an unattractive space can be utterly transformed until you have seen these before and after photos of the 6 best rooms with designer rugs in the November 2015 Architectural Digest. These gorgeous spaces are a testament to the vision of designers Elissa Cullman, Victoria Hagan and Shawn Henderson working in collaboration with architects John B. Murray, Stephen Lee and Peter Pennoyer, respectively. 

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Tags: Art Deco Rugs, Elissa Cullman, oriental rugs, Victoria Hagan, Cowhide Rugs, Shawn Henderson

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

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

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

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