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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

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

31 Tips to Make a Large Room Stylish and Cozy with Large Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 8, 2015 3:30:00 AM

A large living room is great for hosting big parties but huge spaces present special decorating challenges of their own. Since you won't be entertaining every day you want to plan for how you will use the room for day to day living. Today's 31 decorating tips will help you make a large space stylish and cozy and enhance it with large rugs.

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Tags: David Easton, Michael S. Smith, Allison Paladino, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Ferguson & Shamamiam, McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, Asia Baker, Large rugs,, large living rooms

Needlepoint Rugs Bring a Sense of History: 5 Chic Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Sep 4, 2013 5:30:00 PM

If you desire to create a space in your home that breathes an air of history, needlepoint rugs are an excellent place to start. Many historic interiors you’re familiar with feature hand-stitched needlepoint rugs. When made with high-quality, lanolin-rich wool, needlepoint rugs are easy to care for and definitely made to last.

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Tags: needlepoint rugs, Spitalfields, Bobbi Smith Interiors, Bill Cook, Design Inspiration, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Mary McDonald

Glamorize Boring Rooms with Chic Geometric Rugs

Posted by Caroline Bell on Jul 5, 2013 8:00:00 PM

What can geometric rugs do for pretty but bland rooms? Have you ever been in a room that was undeniably beautiful, successfully hitting most of the "rules" of design, but that was still missing that special something? You know it would be perfect if it had that one special ingredient that would give it "oomph?" Think of geometric rugs as special ingredients for pretty but plain rooms.

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Tags: Katie Ridder, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Lisa Torbett Interiors

How to Design Stylish Rooms in Blue with Needlepoint Rugs: 12 Tips

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jun 27, 2013 11:51:00 PM

In previous blog posts I have advised that a major quality to look for in a needlepoint rug is it's design flexibility. One of the virtues of good art, and a good needlepoint rug is a work of art, is that it never goes out of style. Another major quality of good art is that it works in many different settings and with many decorating styles. For today's blog post we will look at a blue and white needlepoint rug that was used to create two very different, yet equally stunning and original rooms by two highly original and talented decorators. Each room offers valuable decorating lessons.

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Tags: needlepoint rugs, Design Inspiration, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Polly McKenna

How to Add Modern Vibe to Traditional Decor with Savonnerie Carpets

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 31, 2013 6:00:00 PM

If you like the English country house style, but would like to give it a modern and fresh feel, there is no better place to start than with a Savonnerie carpet with modern English floral patterns in clear, fresh colors. These modern, English Style Savonnerie carpets are nothing like the ornate 18th and 19th French Savonnerie carpets you associate more with the Palace of Versailles than in modern living rooms. The fresh, clear colors, and younger aesthetic of the modern Savonnerie carpets are the perfect way to give a modern feel to the English country house style. In today's post we will learn how great interior designers decorate with Savonnerie carpets in the modern English country house style.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Justine Sancho

What Size Decorative Rug is Best for Living Rooms: 10 Tips

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Mar 2, 2013 12:02:00 AM

When homeowners are reluctant to cover up too much of a nice wood or marble floor with a rug, they can make the mistake of buying a decorative that is too small. This has the effect of making the living room or dining room look smaller. We asked three leading interior designers how they determine what is the right size decorative rug for living rooms, open plan rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. Here are their answers.

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Tags: Determining Rug Sizes, Design Inspiration, Eric Guenther, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Bill Barr

How Your Fashion Sense Makes Decorating with Geometric Rugs Easy

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Sep 1, 2012 11:15:00 PM

Do you find it easy to pull together stylish outfits with the right accessories, but become overly cautious when making interior decorating decisions?

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Tags: Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Lisa Torbett Interiors

17 Chic Rooms: How to Decorate with Geometric Rugs, Decorative Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on May 20, 2012 4:40:00 PM

The 17 interiors below are not only exceptionall beauiful, they will help you visualize the 7 tips for decorating with geometric rugs.

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Tags: Madeline Stuart, Celerie Kemble, Jere Bradwell, Eileen Kathryn Boyd, Geometric Rugs, Design Inspiration, Albert Hadley, Mario Buatta, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Sara Story, Kelly Wearstler, John Fowler, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Meg Braff, Jeffrey Bilhuber

16 Chic Interiors: How to Decorate with Orange Rugs and Coral Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Feb 6, 2012 11:21:00 AM

Updated August, 2016. Orange, Coral and Tangerine have recently been hits on the fashion runways in Paris, Milan and London and we even see celebrities appearing in orange. So you might think that orange is a new fashion color. But just look at the rooms from the 1960's and 70's by legendary decorators Billy Baldwin and David Hicks and you will see that orange rugs, coral rugs, terracotta rugs, tangerine walls, and citrus colored fabrics were just as fashionable in the 60's and 70's as they are today with decorators such as Jamie Drake, Mary McDonald, Katie Ridder and David Easton... The 16 stylish interiors in this post show us how to decorate with orange rugs and with the many mellower shades of orange.

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Tags: Katie Ridder, Chistina Murphy, D'Aquino Monaco, Betty Sherrill, Eldon Wong, Design Inspiration, David Easton, coral rugs, Orange Rugs, Melanie Elston, Jamie Drake, Coral Oushak Rugs, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Meg Braff, Mary McDonald, McMillen, Inc., Susan Nelson, Billy Baldwin, David Hicks

Needlepoint Rug, 7 Advanced Decorating Techniques

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jul 7, 2011 6:00:00 AM

We all recognize a beautifully designed room, whether it is in a friends home or in a magazine spread.

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Tags: Sea Island Georgia Style, needlepoint rugs, blue and white needlepoint rugs, beige and white needlepoint rugs, geometric needlepoint rugs, Advanced decorating tips, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Dee Simmons, adjoining room rugs

3 Tips on How to Start Decorating with Geometric Needlepoint Rugs

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Jun 23, 2011 5:00:00 PM

Decorating with Needlepoint and Oushak rugs can be overwhelming.  With so many materials, accessories and furnishing available it is easy to feel stalled even before the design process begins.  To learn how experienced designers begin their design project I asked award winning Lisa Torbett and Dee Simmons of Lisa Torbett Interiors, St. Simon's Island Georgia* for their advice. Lisa and Dee start with the most important things first:

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Tags: Geometric needlpoint rugs, Rug Decorating Tips, Lisa Torbett Interiors, Dee Simmons, Sea Island Georgia Decorating Tips

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