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Veranda's 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in November 2016

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 3, 2016 9:41:09 PM

My picks for the five best rooms with designer rugs in Veranda's November 2016 issue include Ann and Gordon Getty's Chinoiserie themed dining room and their Russian Ballet inspired music room in their Pacific Palisades, San Francisco mansion. I was exhilarated by Richard Hallberg's fresh take on a mountain retreat in Aspen and Anthony Baratta's Utah very different view of a ski lodge which he infused with bold quilt and plaid patterns. Finally we remember Atlanta Garden legend Ryan Gainey and his take on Napoleonic style. I hope you enjoy the magnificent variety.

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Tags: Richard Hallberg, designer rugs, Geometric Rugs, Bessarabian Rugs, Aubusson Rugs, Anthony Baratta, Ann Getty

Bessarabian Rugs in 21 Top-Rated Interiors on Pinterest

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Jul 21, 2016 8:24:55 PM

We've collected 21 top-pinned interiors from Pinterest that showcase prestigious Bessarabian rugs which were originally made for Russian royalty in the 19th century. The Russian treasury wanted to keep money from its France and England rivals, that they made copies of Aubusson rugs and English needlepoint rugs in the Bessarabia province of Ukraine, where there was a long history of indigenous rug weaving. However, the rug weavers of Bessarabia made rugs according to their folk traditions. The Bessarabian weavers, unfamiliar with French and English methods of weaving, created patterns in their own spontaneous way. The Bessarabian rugs took on a warm, less-formal look, which was very different from the French and English rugs. Bessarabian rugs have become increasingly fashionable with interior designers such as Susan Zises Green, Janet Simon, Michael S. Smith, Stephane Boudin, Lee Radziwill, David Easton, Bunny Williams, Renzo Mongiardino, Mario Buatta and Albert Hadley, to name a few. Find inspiration with these 21 unique spaces and choose a Bessarabian rug for your next project!

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Tags: Janet Simon, Jayne Wrightsman, designer rugs, Susan Zises Green, Lee Radziwill, Renzo Mongiardino, Bessarabian Rugs, Albert Hadley, Brooke Astor, Downton Abbey, Bunny Williams, Mario Buatta, David Easton, Michael S. Smith, Sister Parish, Richard Keith Langham, Stéphane Boudin, Leeds Castle, The Sedman House, Old Drawing Room, Patricia Altschul, oversized rugs, Elettra Wiedemann, The House of Windsor, Guy Morrison, The Little Lattern

7 Ways Bessarabian Rugs Help You Decorate in Downton Abbey Style

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Feb 2, 2016 6:45:48 PM

Bessarabian rugs quickly evoke Downton Abbey style in any room of the house because of the comfortable informality and charm they bring to a space. This is why these rugs have been prized by decorators in England, France and America. The most desirable Bessarabian rugs were made in the 19th century for the Russian nobility who wanted to emulate the style of the English aristocracy, in other words the Downton Abbey style. Here are seven ways Bessarabian rugs can help you decorate in chic Downton Abbey style.

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Tags: Bessarabian Rugs, Downton Abbey, Bunny Williams, Mario Buatta, Scott Snyder, Duke of Windsor, William T. Georgis

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

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 Rug: Richard Keith Langham Evokes Romantic Paris

Posted by Kate Watson on Sep 18, 2013 11:12:00 PM

New York interior designer Christina Murphy once said, “Punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging.” A great color for creating youthful and engaging punches orange and it's cousin coral both  of which are found in an extraordinary orange Bessarabian rug that Richard Keith Langham used to evoke romantic Paris in a living room in a house in Mississippi featured in Architectural Digest.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Bessarabian Rugs, Orange Rugs, Richard Keith Langham

How Bessarabian Rugs Give a Chic Personality to Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Aug 23, 2013 12:50:00 AM

You’ve been looking at selection of prestigious rugs for a while, searching for the piece that speaks to your heart. You want to frame the collection of accents and artifacts you’ve acquired with a rug that is more than a floor covering, but you’re not sure about those styles so commonly spotted in fashionable designer interiors from New York to Palm Beach. In that case, there’s something to be said for the beauty of Bessarabian rugs. As Steven Stark told Architectural Digest not too long ago, “You don’t see them all that often anymore.”

What Makes Bessarabian Rugs Different

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Tags: Wiseman Group, Design Inspiration, Lee Radziwill, Bessarabian Rugs, Stéphane Boudin

Add Sophistication to Modern Rooms with Bessarabian Rugs: 2 Tips

Posted by Kate Watson on Jul 24, 2013 11:42:00 PM

Bessarabian rugs have a distinct look and a prestigious history. They add sophistication and glamour to modern interiors. Writer and poet Maya Angelou said, “If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” Bessarabian rugs are certainly far from the norm and designer's such as Bunny Williams, David Easton, John Saladino and Albert Hadley have used their distinctive personality to add charm to some of the most widely admired rooms. We will look at several different ways decorators have used Bessarabian rugs and learn techniques you can use in your interior design.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Bessarabian Rugs, Bunny Williams, John Saladino

How to Glamorize a Room with Fireplace with Bessarabian Rugs

Posted by Caroline Bell on Jul 19, 2013 5:12:00 PM

If a pharmaceutical company could bottle up and sell the soothing, tranquilizing effects of a roaring fire ablaze in a beautiful fireplace, it would have the best-selling mood enhancer of all time. A lit fireplace on a chilly evening is a magical place to curl up with a blanket, some tea and a queue full of episodes of your favorite TV show. Bessarabian rugs with their classical patterns and warm colors create a reassuring and glamorous atmosphere that is ideal for rooms with fireplaces. The patterns of Bessarabian rugs often include motifs from neoclassical architecture combined with florals. The colors of Bessarabian rugs range from red, green, blue and gold accented with brownish black. These rugs are perfect for grounding a space without overwhelming it.

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Tags: Joseph Minton, Design Inspiration, Bessarabian Rugs, Scott Snyder

4 Ways to Decorate with Chic Bessarabian Rug in Blue, Green, Red

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 15, 2013 11:39:00 PM

Legendary designer Billy Baldwin said, "Stick to the things you really love, an honest room is always up to date." Keep this quote in mind when you're trying to design a stylish home. Famous designers and their celebrity clients such as Renzo Mongiardino for Lee Radziwill and Albert Hadley for Brooke Astor are widely admired for the gorgeous rooms they designed with Bessarabian carpets.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Bessarabian Rugs, David Easton, Eric Guenther, Jim Koch, Polly McKenna

How a Celebrity Created Different Looks with Same Bessarabian Rug

Posted by Caroline Bell on Jul 14, 2013 12:05:00 AM

Bessarabian rugs are 18th and 19th century Russian creations that have become a favorite with many designers over the years. Bessarabian rugs originated several hundred years ago in Russia where the Royal family commissioned local weavers to make copies of the grand French Aubusson and Savonnerie rugs that were extremely popular amongst the Russian nobility. Bessarabian rugs have their own look. While French rug designers drew inspiration from major works of art, the Russian weavers copied the French designs in a more informal way which gave these rugs a less formal charm. Bessarabian rug have become highly desirable for very different modern decorating styles than what they were originally intended for.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Lee Radziwill, Bessarabian Rugs, Albert Hadley, Brooke Astor, David Easton, Amanda Nisbet

How Celebrities Decorate with Bessarabian Rugs in Dark Brown

Posted by Kate Watson on Jun 30, 2013 10:22:00 PM

Many celebrities have used Bessarabian rugs with dark colors to bring drama and style to their homes. Dark colored Bessarabian rugs are dramatic in themselves as they were originally created for Russian royal homes. Designer Dorothy Draper once said, “I always put in one controversial item, it makes people talk.” Bessarabian rugs are mysterious and surprise guests with their unexpected glamor. Interiors with Bessarabian rugs get people talking because they leave a memorable impression.

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

The History, Legend and Allure of Bessarabian Carpets

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jun 7, 2013 5:03:00 PM

Bessarabian carpets are flat-woven tapestry rugs that were hand woven on a wooden loom similar to the loom used to make Aubusson rugs. The very finest Bessarabian rugs were produced in the 18th century in the Russian Imperial Tapestry Factory. This factory was founded by Peter the Great after he returned from England and France where he was impressed by the magnificent Savonnerie, Aubusson and Axminister carpets he saw in the palaces of his hosts. These French and English carpets had already become the height of fashion at the Russian court and with the nobility and their importation was causing a drain on the Russian treasury. So the Russian Imperial Tapestry factory was set up to copy French and English carpets and remove the need for importing them. Soon the demand for these rugs grew and more factories were set up in villages controlled by the Russian landed gentry. The name Bessarabian derives from the historical region where these rugs were made. This region is now split between the present day Republic of Moldova and Romania. What makes Bessarabian rugs so desirable today is due to a fortunate accident - the weavers of Bessarabia were country folk with a country aesthetic. They copied the ornate French and English patterns in a more folksy manner giving these rugs a more comfortable feeling which has made them highly attractive to modern tastes. 

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Lee Radziwill, Bessarabian Rugs, Albert Hadley, Brooke Astor, Bunny Williams, Jean-Louis Deniot

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