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Damask Rugs Enrich 8 Interiors with History and Beauty

Posted by Kate Watson on Aug 18, 2017 1:03:00 AM

Damask rugs and fabrics originated in the Middle Ages in the ancient city of Damascus and they have evolved over hundreds of years with influences from Byzantium, Persia, Italy and France. This rich artistic history gives damask a unique appeal. The pattern in a damask fabric is woven in a different weave than the background- for example if the pattern is woven in a shiny satin weave and the background in a duller weave, the contrast between the shiny pattern and duller background adds another dimension. This added dimension and texture distinguishes damask fabrics from fabrics in which the pattern is merely printed on the cloth. The best damask rugs also contain two different textures- the pattern is usually in cut pile and the background is in a loop weave. Unfortunately too many damask rugs being made today take a short-cut and are made in just one texture which is usually cut pile. These rugs do not have the dimensional interest and texture of a cut and loop damask rug. Damask rugs come in a variety of color palettes ranging from tonal neutrals to high contrast colors. The eight interiors in today’s post feature several different styles of damask rugs and offer inspiration on how to add sophistication and a sense of history to both contemporary and traditional rooms.

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Tags: Robert and Courtney Novogratz, Design Inspiration, Eric Guenther, Damask Rugs, Thomas Pheasant, Shilah Stribling

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

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Aug 17, 2017 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

Oushak Rugs -7 Decorating Tips by Eric Guenther Part 1

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 16, 2017 12:04:00 AM

Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founder of Whim Designs in San Juan Capistrano, CA. shares his 7 tips for decorating with Oushak rugs in an exclusive Asmara video (available below). Eric is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center and hosts monthly design lectures at his elegant southern California home. 

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Tags: oushak rugs, Eric Guenther, Blue Rugs, Rug Decorating Tips, aqua rugs, Videos

Oushak Rugs -7 Decorating Tips by Eric Guenther Part 2

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 15, 2017 11:27:00 PM

Interior Designer Eric Guenther co-founder of Whim Designs a fabulous interior design studio in San Juan Capistrano, California is a featured speaker at the Laguna Design Center and gives monthly design lectures at his beautiful southern California home. Click here to read Eric's Oushak Rug Decorating Tips 1 through 3, and view the video.

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Tags: designer rugs, oushak rugs, Eric Guenther, Rug Decorating Tips, Videos

How to Pick the Perfect the Wall Color, Decorative Rug and Fabric: 6 Tips

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Sep 16, 2014 2:27:00 AM

It is nearly impossible to pick a perfect paint color if you have not yet selected a decorative rug and fabrics. People who try to choose a wall color first, are disappointed when the rug and furniture are placed in the room and the overall effect is not what they expected.

A proven way to avoid costly decorating mistakes is to first ask yourself these questions: “How do I want to feel when I am in the room? and what mood do I want to create when guests are in the room? Each color has a different impact on how we feel. Once you learn the feeling different colors produce, it will become easy to pick the perfect combination of paint color, decorative rug and fabrics. Here are six different moods you can create by choosing the right combination of colors.

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Tags: decorative rugs, Eric Guenther, Susan Nelson, Polly McKenna, William Hodgins, Paint Colors, Debbie Blair, Amelia Perez

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

How to Decorate Stylishly with Pink and Pink Rugs: 15 Chic Rooms

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Apr 2, 2014 12:41:00 AM

When the Spring/Summer 2014 women’s fashions were introduced on the runways, Vogue, UK exclaimed, "If in doubt, make it pink, smother it with flowers and wear it with flat sandals next summer." Now pink is jumping from women's fashions to interiors. But the big question for most of us is how to use pink tastefully and how to avoid the dreaded syrupy look that many pink interiors are prone to. You need not fear any longer. The 15 interiors by top interior designers will show you several tasteful and stylish ways of decorating with pink and pink rugs. 

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Tags: Jane Fonda, Pink Rugs, Alessandra Branca, Dries Van Noten, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Penelope Bianchi, Design Inspiration, Timothy Corrigan, Eric Guenther, Daniel Romualdez, Jamie Drake, Mary McDonald

10 Chic Martha's Vineyard Blue and White Interiors with Blue Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 12, 2014 9:50:00 PM

When I began looking for the 10 best Martha's Vineyard interiors to illustrate how top designers use blue rugs to elevate the chic factor in a seaside space, I was surprised at how difficult it was to find them. After the first three gorgeous rooms by Victoria Hagan, I had to look in new places to find the remaining. As it turned out, this was a good thing as it led me to discovering two new interior designers who have done great work on Martha's Vineyard. They are Gil Walsh and Gauthier-Stacy. I hope you will enjoy the variety and the fresh perspective they bring.

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Tags: Martha's Vineyard, Lisa Torbett, Gil Walsh, Gauthier-Stacy, Patrick Ahearn, Design Inspiration, Eric Guenther, Blue Rugs, Ferguson & Shamamian, Victoria Hagan

14 Gorgeous Interiors: How to Pair Bold Colors with Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jan 22, 2014 1:59:00 PM

If you are tired of winter you will find these 14 colorful rooms energizing and inspiring. They show how top interior designers bring lively colors into a room in fresh new ways and how they unify the room with the right decorative rug. Each room has something different to teach and I will share with you what I see in each room. 

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Tags: Miles Redd, Alessandra Branca, Beverly Field, Amelia Handegan, Bold Colors, Design Inspiration, Tobi Fairley, Eric Guenther, Steven Gambrel, Michael Taylor, Jeffrey Bilhuber

7 Top Designers Use Damask Rugs to Warm Up Contemporary Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Nov 29, 2013 8:50:00 PM

If you’re looking for a way to bring warmth and texture to a contemporary room design, a stylish damask rug can instantly do the job and also add sense of history and a rich texture. The patterns of these beautiful rugs go back to centuries old damask fabrics from Damascus, Byzantium, Italy, Spain and France. The best damask rugs are hand made in a cut and loop weave that will bring a sense of richness to any room they grace. The seven rooms by top interior designers show how they use damask rugs to add warmth and charm to contemporary rooms.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Koch Studio, Eric Guenther, Amanda Nisbet, Damask Rugs, Thomas O'Brien, Studio Sofield, Thomas Pheasant, Victoria Hagan

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 to Add Chic Energy to Rooms with Damask Rugs in Modern Colors

Posted by Kate Watson on Jun 21, 2013 3:05:00 PM

Beautiful silk damask fabrics in the Victoria and Albert Museum show that this art developed in ancient Damascus and Byzantium. Modern damask rugs are inspired by ancient damask fabrics but they have fresh, contemporary colors. An artistically colored damask rug can be used to give modern rooms a feeling of sophistication and history. Modern damask rugs are also perfect for bringing youthful energy to traditional decorating. AD100 interior designer David Kleinberg could have been speaking about modern damask rugs when he said, “When you stay relentlessly in one period, the eye absorbs it all in a single glance. Going against period introduces energy.” Damask rugs bring a chic energy to a room because they combine ancient patterns with modern colorations.  Take a look at the stylish energy in the rooms pictured below and learn how damask rugs are the perfect jumping off point for creating chic and invigorating rooms.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Koch Studio, Eric Guenther, Damask Rugs, Thomas O'Brien

How to Bring Young Vibe to Traditional Decor with Damask Rugs: 4 Tips

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 28, 2013 6:47:00 PM

Damask rugs make it easy to design rooms with young energy. How to produce young energy in a room is the subject of two famous quotes by Christina Murphy and Miles Redd, both highly acclaimed young interior designers. House Beautiful Magazine's Top 100 interior designer Christina Murphy believes "Punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging," and AD 100 interior designer Miles Redd advises, “Juxtaposition: high/ low; shiny/matte; refined/crude; grand/humble; modern/ancient. It is the essence of chic.” Damask rugs make it easy to implement the wisdom in these quotes. W we will learn how to ccomplish this by studying four stunning interiors.

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Tags: Miles Redd, Chistina Murphy, Design Inspiration, Koch Studio, Eric Guenther, Damask Rugs

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