Designer Rug Blog - Interior Design Inspiration

How to Pick the Best Rugs for Adjacent and Adjoining Rooms

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 18, 2017 5:05:00 PM

Imagine you are leading guests on a tour of your home. As you walk from one room to the next do you see a consistent design aesthetic or do some rooms jump out because they have not yet been updated? If after this tour you decide to freshen the neglected rooms, where would you start? Many decorators start with the rug as it makes it easier to find complementary fabrics, paint colors and accessories. However, choosing a rug raises such questions as- how well matched do rugs in adjoining rooms have to be? Should you even try to match area rugs in adjoining rooms or should they all be different? Are there rules for how to coordinate different area rugs? how do you put oriental rugs in adjoining rooms? how to pick complementing designer rugs for one room? and how to have area rugs in adjoining living and dining rooms? I asked Jackie Ostrander, a highly sought after rug consultant to interior designers in Greenwich, Connecticut, Palm Beach and Naples, Florida to help me answer these questions. 

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10 Best Rugs for Libraries You Want to Nestle In

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 16, 2011 11:39:00 PM

At this time of year there is nothing cozier than a library you can nestle in with or without a book. Here are ten of the most beautiful and cozy libraries with the best rugs selected by interior designers who have a special gift for finding the best decorator rugs. These rooms are a rich source of design inspiration.

1. One of the best rugs for a masculine library such as this one in Westport Connecticut is a geometric rug. I like the small scale geometric motifs that vary in color and shape-no two motifs are exactly the same. The muted rose-brick color is reminiscent of leather bound volumes. This is one of many great library designs by Ferguson and Shamamian who are great masters at creating beautifully atmospheric libraries. Image courtesy Ferguson and Shamamian.

2. Bunny Williams is another great master of library design. This is the best rug for a library designed to balance feminine and masculine elements with its over scale botanical pattern in white, blue, gold and brown. Who would not want to spend time in this jewel of a library in a East Hampton retreat. Image courtesy Bunny Williams.

3. This library has a wonderful mix of traditional and modern elements. This is the best modern rug for a library because it blends an ancient pattern with a modern coloration. The repeating geometric motifs are ancient keltic knots. The silver gray, blue and white coloration gives the rug and the room a contemporary feeling.

4. Kara Mann's libray feels modern, classical, maculine, feminine, sumptous and austere all at the same time. This what makes Kara's design a masterpiece. The best rug for such a library is an Oushak rug in contemporary colors. An antique oushak rug pattern has been reproduced in a modern tonal coloration of gray and taupe. Image courtesy Kara Mann.

5. Nate Berkus's library evokes ancient Chinese calligraphy in a modern way. Steve Jobs recounted in his memorable speech to Stanford graduates how his design philosophy evolved from his study of calligraphy while he was a drop out at Reade College. This striped purple and white decorator rug evokes calligraphy as well as a music score. It is the best rug for evoking complex feelings of ancient art and modern life. Image courtesy Elle Decor and Nate Berkus.

6. Steve Gambrel's contemporary study, library and home office in a West Village penthouse has wall to wall shelves connected by metal rods and neat storage boxes covered in linen. The floor has been lacqured in black and the furniture has dark brown frames with white upholstery. The best rug for this room is a white contemporary rug with softly colored bands that echo the steel frame of the large window. Image courtesy Steve Gambrel and Elle Decor.

7. Mona Hajj Interiors designed this elegant and inviting traditional library in blues, coral and red. Mona Hajj has a vast knowledge of rugs and this is one of the best oriental rugs for a traditional library. It has a small scale geometric pattern and wonderful antique tones of terracotta and the blues found in ancient tiles. Image courtesy Mona Hajj Interiors.

8. This beautiful library by Ferguson and Shamamian has an ethereal beauty and elegance. The soft gray, blues and brown wood tones a reminiscent of a Vermeer painting. The best rug for such a library is a tonal leaf pattern in gray and blue. The rug provides muted canvas on which the beauty of the furniture, art and the warmth of the fire can be enjoyed. Image courtesy Ferguson and Shamamian.

9. Bunny Williams library for a Texas ranch exudes a feeling of energy and movement. The cool reds of the upholstered chairs, the warm reds of the book bindings, the brown leather sofa and the honey brown wood paneling raise the temperature. The best rug for supporting the feeling of moving energy is this striped decorator rug in red, green and cream. Image courtesy Bunny Williams.

10. I hope by now you will agree that all the interior designers featured in this blog are masters at picking the best rugs for libraries whether they are traditional, modern or contemporary. Ferguson and Shamamian has chosen the best oriental rug for a library with a sophisticated, classical and refined elegance. The blue and pomegranate tones of the oriental rug provide all the color in this room of muted wood tones in the paneling and furniture. Image courtesy Ferguson and Shamamian.

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Traditional European Carpets and Damask Rugs, 6 Decorating Tips

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jun 30, 2011 4:35:00 PM

For the Sea Island Company in Georgia Lisa Torbett Interiors created a space that showcases traditional European carpets in various unique applications.  From floor to ceiling, these rugs capture one's attention.  Such original design work led us to ask Lisa Torbett and Dee Simmons for tips on decorating with traditional European rugs and carpets.

                   Lisa and Dee selected one very large rug for the main room in the club. The major pieces of furniture sit comfortably on the rug and expand the feeling of space. The choice of cream for the walls provides a restful backdrop for the colorful fabrics, rug and pillows as well as for the wood floor and ceiling. Lisa and Dee worked painstakingly to perfect the custom coloring of this very large handmade Morena carpet  inspired by a sixteenth century Spanish rug influenced by Renaissance damasks.

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Contemporary Wool Rugs Inspired by 2000 year old Roman Stone Art

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 27, 2011 8:00:00 AM

A few years ago I was struck by the beauty of a 2000 year old Roman stone street. The stones had irregular shapes, rounded corners and were fitted together to form an organic pattern akin to crocodile skin. In a flash I saw the possibility of creating a great contemporary wool rug with irregular silk lines .

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Best Rugs Inspired by Trees in the Arnold Arboretum, Boston

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 15, 2011 11:04:00 AM

When you go out for a walk in the woods, do you ever notice the bark of the trees?

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Tags: Green Rugs, Brocatel rugs, Best rugs, oriental rugs, red rugs, textured rugs, rugs inspired by tree bark, handspun yarn rugs, wool and silk rugs

Best Rugs Inspired by Spring Flowers in the Arnold Arboretum

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 14, 2011 8:47:00 AM

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Top 5 Questions About the Best Rugs for the Room, Part 2

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 8, 2011 10:40:00 AM

 Part 2 of 2

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Tags: designer rugs, decorative rugs, decorating tips, fine rugs, Decorating with fine rugs, Interior Designers, Best rugs, oriental rugs, textured rugs, statement rug, Savonile rugs, Chemical wash, formal city homes, Seville Savonile Rug, Spanish Rugs

The 4 Best Rug Innovations of the past 25 years, Part 2

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 6, 2011 1:03:00 AM

 In yesterdays post I discussed the first two innovations that have re-invigorated oriental rugs. Even though the vast majority of oriental rugs made today are copies of popular designs, a few innovative rug makers have started making original art rugs that compare favorably with the finest antique rugs made 300 years ago. By understanding the 4 big innovations of the last 25 years you will learn how to distinguish rugs that are original works of art from those that are copies.

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Tags: Best rug innovations, Green wash, Brocatel rugs, Lucia 8136RH, Best rugs, oriental rugs, textured rugs, handspun yarn rugs, Chemical wash

The 4 Best Rug Innovations of the past 25 years, Part 1

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 5, 2011 2:29:00 PM

The last 25 years has seen four big innovations in the best oriental rugs. Even though the vast majority of oriental rugs made in the last 130 years are not original works of art, a few innovators are now making rugs that compare favorably with the finest antique rugs made 300 years ago. By understanding the 4 biggest rug innovations you will learn to distinguish which rugs are original works of art and which are copies.  

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Best Rugs-Oushak Carpet-7 Decorating Tips by Eric Guenther, 2

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 28, 2011 12:52:00 PM

Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founded Whim Designs and Studio Pink, two fabulous interior design studios in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Eric is an authority on interior design and is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center. In addition, he gives monthly design lectures at his beautiful southern California home. If you would like to read Eric's Decorating Tips 1 through 3, and view his decorating tips video, please see our previous post.

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Best Rugs- Oushak Carpet-7 Decorating Tips by Eric Guenther, 1 .

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 28, 2011 12:53:00 AM

Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founded Whim Designs and Studio Pink, two fabulous interior design studios San Juan Capistrano, CA. Focused on teaching others about creating timeless and beautiful interiors, Eric is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center and hosts monthly design lectures at his elegant southern California home. To learn more plase visit: http://whimhome.com/

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