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11 Ways to Decorate with Green Rugs and Pantone 2017 Color “Greenery”

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jan 27, 2017 1:01:00 AM

Pantone's 2017 color of the year Greenery, “...bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the re-connection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose.” writes Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman on the Pantone website.

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year "Greenery" is supported by "Kale". 

Images courtesy Pantone

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Bunny Williams, Green Rugs, Furlow Gatewood, Simonsen-Hickok Interiors

How Chic Oushak Rugs Make it Easy to Freshen Decor

Posted by Kate Watson on Jan 6, 2017 1:40:00 AM

Oushak rugs are amazingly flexible because of their ability to work in both both modern and traditional settings and because their soft color palettes often contain many accent colors that allow you to create different color palettes in the room. Let us look at some fabulous interiors with Oushak rugs.

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Tags: Amy Howard, oushak rugs, Design Inspiration, Melanie Elston

What is a Needlepoint Rug?

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 29, 2016 12:05:14 AM

A hand made wool needlepoint rug has a flat texture resembling an antique rug in which the pile has worn down. Decorators prefer needlepoint rugs to new oriental rugs when they are decorating with antique furniture. But people unfamiliar with needlepoints can mistakenly assume they are fragile. This is untrue as proved by the experience of thousands of customers and interior designers who have used them in their own homes and say they are very durable and easy to clean. Room images at the end of this post show how decorators add glamour to living rooms, dining rooms, libraries, bedrooms and bathrooms with needlepoint rugs.


 A runner made from the borders of the Canterbury Needlepoint Rug 2818B adds verve to a bathroom designed by Markham Roberts.


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Tags: Design Inspiration, Rug School, Needlepoingt Rugs

12 Fabulous Sun Rooms and Outdoor Spaces with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 15, 2016 11:20:00 PM

When a sunroom or outdoor space is designed thoughtfully you can enjoy the beauty of nature all year round without compromising comfort or luxury. One of the secrets is a well chosen decorative rug. “It’s such a great luxury to have one of these spaces” Boston interior designer Michael Carter told New England Home, “It really becomes a favorite spot in the house for people.”

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Tags: Kara Mann, Muriel Brandolini, Sun Rooms, Appleton Associates, Design Inspiration, Elissa Cullman, Mica Ertegun, Kelly Wearstler, Suzanne Tucker, Markham Roberts

What is an Aubusson Rug?

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Nov 15, 2016 6:00:00 PM

In the 17th century French artists and weavers invented the art of weaving rugs with depth perspective. This technique is so artistically demanding it has never been copied by the rug weavers of the east and even today only European rugs such as Aubusson, Savonnerie and Needlepoints have three dimensional patterns.

Cream and blue Aubusson rug in French provincial style dining room with rustic stone walls and chandelier.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs, Rug School

Aubusson Rugs Bring Chic Vibe to 7 Country Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on May 12, 2016 5:00:00 PM

Aubusson rugs ancient patterns have a timeless appeal. It might surprise you to learn that these rugs are as much at home in a rustic country interior as in a glamorous English country house, a French château or an Italian villa. Aubusson rugs were originally created in the 18th century for the French nobility. The patterns of these rugs are a combination of architectural notifs from classical Greece and Rome and French floral motifs. Aubusson rugs have a flat-woven texture which gives them a clean, almost contemporary look. The seven chic rooms in today's post illustrate several different ways of decorating with Aubusson rugs.

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Tags: Nancy Morton, Nelson Barnum Interiors, Design Inspiration, Aubusson Rugs

15 Gorgeous Interiors with Gold Rugs and Yellow Area Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Dec 3, 2015 11:16:00 PM

Gold and yellow rugs come in many shades from soft creamy to faded gold rugs. The most desirable gold rugs contain small amounts of cool colors such as blue or taupe as this makes them go with many more fabrics and decorating styles. Here are 15 decorating tips and 15 gorgeous interiors with gold rugs and yellow area rugs.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Jean Paul Beaujard, Garrow Kedigian, Gold Rugs, Nancy Lancaster, Susan Nelson, Yellow Rugs, Julie Kays, Thomas Pheasant, Jan Showers, Steven Shubel

How to Transform a French Château with Oriental Rugs: 28 Photos

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 25, 2014 9:05:00 AM

AD100 interior designer Timothy Corrigan bought a neoclassical Loire Valley château from the French government in 2005 and after years of painstaking effort has transformed it into a home that is not only stylishly aristocratic but also surprisingly warm and livable. “It would have been very easy to design the room in true 18th-century style, with little spindly gold chairs and not a lot of places to sit,” Corrigan told Architectural Digest. Instead Corrigan used oriental rugs and comfortable furniture to create intimate spaces throughout the château. Corrigans rooms show us how to create warm and livable environments in any size home regardless of its style or setting.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Timothy Corrigan, oriental rugs

Best of May-June 2014 Veranda: 14 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 16, 2014 7:16:00 PM

 Updated January 25, 2015 with new images of Veranda's three most admired living rooms on Pinterest. The May-June 2014 issue of Veranda contains so many gorgeous rooms with decorative rugs, this blog post became one of the most popular of 2014.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Design Inspiration, Windsor Smith, Ferguson & Shamamian, Victoria Hagan, Nestor Santa Cruz, Marston Luce, Ann Bass, Ohara Davies-Gaetano

Intimate Retreats with Cozy Decorative Rugs: 17 Gorgeous Bedrooms

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 7, 2014 8:50:00 PM

Bedrooms can be be so much more than a place to sleep. The 18 gorgeous spaces by top designers show how you can create an intimate refuge from the noise and interruption of daily life with relaxing and soothing sitting and work areas and make them cozy with decorative rugs.

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Tags: Brian J. McCarthy, Suzanne Kasler, decorative rugs, Ralph Lauren, Suzanne Rheinstein, Bedrooms, Design Inspiration, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Nina Griscom, Magni Design, Arthur Dunham, Andrew Fisher, Jeffry Weisman

Best of May 2014 Design Magazines: 15 Rooms with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 29, 2014 9:05:00 PM

Architectural Digest has a dominant share of the 15 best rooms with decorative rugs in May 2014.  Another remarkable thing is how many of the rooms are over sized and how many feature custom silk rugs. These interiors may be telling us something about the divergence between the upper end and the rest of the market. 

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Tags: decorative rugs, Mark Gillette, Roger Thomas, Laura Santos, Veere Grenney, Francis Sultana, Lilly Bunn, Malcolm McKinstrie, Hubert Zandberg, Design Inspiration

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

Pinterest 20 Best Interiors with Stripes and Striped Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 7, 2014 9:50:00 PM

Pinterest's 20 best interiors with striped rugs, fabrics and wallcoverings were chosen because they offer the greatest inspiration for designing chic and stylish rooms. The 20 interiors show that stripes work equally well in traditional rooms as they do in contemporary spaces. Stripes will add zip to a beach house and also help bring a chic look to a Manhattan apartment. Stripes come in neutrals as well as in bold colors, and you will see how interior designers use each type of stripe to the best effect.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Michael S. Smith, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kelly Wearstler, Striped Rugs, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Carolina Irving, Richard Mishaan, Alidad, Nate Berkus, Libby Cameron, Apple Bartlett, Gabhan Okeeffe, Lillian August, Brockschmidt and Coleman, Alexandra Angle, Frédéric Méchiche, Ashley Whittaker

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