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

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 19, 2017 1:35:00 AM

A new generation of interior designers is discovering the allure of needlepoint rugs at a time when these rugs are no longer being made. Most of the needlepoint workshops in China-where 99% of needlepoint rugs were made - have shut down due to skyrocketing wages brought about by rapid industrialization which has drawn workers to higher paying manufacturing jobs. Back in the late 1980's when I first started making needlepoint rugs in China, I was amazed by the quality of the artists and artisans we were able to recruit. These young men and women freshly out of art school possessed unbelievably sensitive eyes for color and design. Now with China no longer making these rugs there are only two specialist importers remaining who have needlepoint rugs because they have retained inventory from before the factories shut 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: Frank Babb Randolph, Cindy Rinfret, Marc-Michaels, Albert Hadley, Koch Studio, Allison Paladino, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Kemble Interiors, Susan Nelson, Where to buy needlepoint rugs, Tiggy Butler, Kay Genua Design, Ann Pyne, Cebula Design, McMillen, Inc., Rain Phillips

Pinterest Top 30 Sunrooms, Outdoor Living, Porches and Loggias

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 28, 2017 12:01:00 AM

It is nearing the end of April and it is still cold and rainy in Boston. But I have already started dreaming of sunny days ahead and long walks along the beach. This post follows up on the top 40 beach houses and will hopefully inspire you to design the perfect environment for enjoying this most precious time of the year.

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Tags: Celerie Kemble, Kara Mann, Cindy Rinfret, Sunrooms, Porches, Outdoor Living Areas, Loggias, Allison Paladino, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Lorenzo Castillo, Furlow Gatewood, Michelle Nussbaumer, Mona Hajj, Jacquelynne Lanham, Gisele Bündchen, Tom Brady, Timothy Haynes, Kevin Roberts, Martha Stewart, Karin Blake, Joan Behnke

14 Gorgeous Rooms: How to Decorate with Needlepoint Rugs and Red Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jan 28, 2016 11:30:00 PM

The 14 fabulous interiors in today's post show how leading interior designers decorate with needlepoint rugs and red rugs. These rooms show:

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Tags: Cindy Rinfret, needlepoint rugs, Kelley Proxmire, Bunny Williams, Eric Guenther, red rugs, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Justine Sancho, Susan Nelson, Marla Stan

14 Chic Hamptons, Nantucket Blue and White Interiors with Blue Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 18, 2014 8:50:00 PM

A common mistake when designing blue and white rooms in the Hamptons, Nantucket or any other seaside location is to use just blue and white. Confining the color palette to just blue and white can produce a cold and unwelcoming atmosphere. Interior designers have long known that cool colors such as blue and green need to be balanced by warm colors such as beige, yellow, brown, pink etc. The warm colors can be used as accents or in larger areas such as on walls or as accents in blue rugs. The 14 gorgeous rooms by top interior designers show several different ways you can design blue and white rooms that are not only elegant but are also warm and inviting.

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Tags: Lisa Torbett, Alessandra Branca, Cindy Rinfret, Shelton Mindel, Hamptons, Nantucket, Kim Coleman, Tom Scheerer, Thom Filicia, Design Inspiration, Bunny Williams, Eric Guenther, Blue Rugs, Daniel Romualdez, Steven Gambrel, Ferguson & Shamamian, Victoria Hagan

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

Are Any Needlepoint Rugs Durable Enough for Active Rooms? 5 Tips

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 6, 2013 5:44:00 AM

When clients ask interior designer Mary Ann Hart Beardman if a needlepoint rug is durable enough for active living rooms and dining rooms, she recalls the day when a neighbor’s large dog ran all over her living room needlepoint rug leaving large, wet and muddy paw prints all over the pristine cream background of her Branches needlepoint rug. Others may have panicked, but Mary knew better. She waited a day until the wet mud had completely dried and then vacuumed off the dirt without leaving a trace!

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Tags: Janet Simon, Cindy Rinfret, needlepoint rugs, Mary Jane Pool, Mary Ann Hart Beardman, Bailey & Hart, Design Inspiration, David Easton, Jim Koch

How to Decorate in Downton Abbey Style with Needlepoint Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jan 10, 2013 3:50:00 PM

Question: What do these 11 famous designers have in common: Chanel, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Badgley Mischka, Dries van Noten, Peter Soren, Doo-Ri Chung and Burberry?  

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Tags: Keith Irvine, Jackie Kennedy, Keith Richard Langham, Charles Faudree, Cindy Rinfret, needlepoint rugs, Bessarabian Rugs, Downton Abbey, Bunny Williams, Elissa Cullman, Eric Guenther, Justine Sancho

Needlepoint Area Rugs: 12 Decorating Tips from Cindy Rinfret, Part 1

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 23, 2011 4:45:00 PM

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