Designer Rug Blog - Interior Design Inspiration

Savonnerie Rugs Adorn $50 Million Beverly Hills Mansion

Posted by Kate Watson on Apr 7, 2017 1:09:00 AM

The legendary designer Albert Hadley once said, “The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live.” So today we take a peek inside a 35,000 square foot Beaux Arts mansion in Beverly Hills known as Palais des Anges which is brimming with massive crystal chandeliers and magnificent Savonnerie rugs.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs

Clients Should Let Us As Decorators Do Our Job – Brian J. McCarthy

Posted by Justin Heitmann on Sep 11, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Interior Designer Spotlight with Brian J. McCarthy

Brian J. McCarthy, IncNew York, Southampton, Greenwich, St. Tropez, Gstaad, Monaco

AD100 designer Brian J. McCarthy has such an elite clientele, that it is not surprising his website's portfolio is password protected. Brian was a partner at the legendary New York design firm Parish-Hadley before starting his own firm in 1991. Brian is on all the most coveted lists such as Architectural Digest's AD100, Elle Decor’s A-List and New York Spaces Top 50. He has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle DecorHouse Beautiful, VerandaNew York Magazine and The New York Times. He has published two books, Luminous Interiors and Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm, which he co-authored with Bunny Williams. The highly respected Franklin Report awarded Brian four stars and quotes clients saying, "Everyone who walks in is blown away by the warmth and details." "Brian is on an intellectual mission to find the beauty in any period." "He strongly encourages you to find your own design viewpoint."

Join me as Brian shares with us his opinion on how clients could get better results if they would just let decorators do their job, what it was like to be a partner at Parish-Hadley, trends he's tired of seeing, how decorating is moving back to color and pattern, how he chooses designer rugs and much more...

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Tags: Brian J. McCarthy, designer rugs, Custom Rugs, Elsie de Wolfe, Albert Hadley, Aubusson Rugs, Bunny Williams, Savonnerie Rugs, Mariette Himes Gomez, Sister Parish, Billy Baldwin, Designer Spotlight, Syrie Maugham, AD100

How 7 Fashion Designers Choose Decorative Rugs for Their Own Homes

Posted by Abid Ilahi on Aug 21, 2014 1:01:55 AM

How do fashion geniuses chose decorative rugs for their own homes? Are their homes as glorious as their fashions? Can we apply what we learn from their interiors to our own homes? We take a  look at the homes of 7 fashion leaders- Isaac Mizrahi, Jenni Kayne, Hubert de Givenchy, Josie Natori, Geoffrey Beene, Tory Burch and Liz Claiborne to learn from their decorating approach.

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Tags: Tory Burch, Hubert de Givenchy, decorative rugs, Geometric Rugs, Savonnerie Rugs, Striped Rugs, Geoffrey Beene, Josie Natori, Jenni Kayne, Isaac Mizrahi, Liz Claiborne

Savonnerie Rugs Bring Luxurious Style to 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Nov 19, 2013 8:50:00 AM

If you would like to design a room that has a grand and luxurious atmosphere that immediately captures attention then you should consider starting your room design with an attention getting Savonnerie rug. These rugs are synonymous with luxury and style and are just the thing that can heighten the drama and make a room memorable. Created for French royalty, these rugs are often paired with rich fabrics, grand furniture and great art. The four rooms show how top decorators use Savonnerie rugs to create interiors that are the ultimate in luxury and regal drama.

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Tags: Alberto Pinto, Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs

Savonnerie Rugs Unify Modern and Traditional Styles in 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Nov 9, 2013 8:59:00 PM

Originally made for French royalty to reduce the need for importing Turkish rugs, Savonnerie rugs soon were being made in uniquely French designs painted by the leading fine artists of the day. These rugs almost invariably bring a certain regal feel to any room. It’s almost impossible to put one in a room and not have images of royalty, or perhaps presidents - they have also been known to grace the Oval Office in the White House. But they can add a certain touch of class to a sophisticated, contemporary design, as well. While Savonnerie rugs frequently come in bold colors and patterns, they also come in a variety of more subtle tones and patterns, making them a perfect choice for a more modern design in need of a touch of class. These four rooms show how top designers decorate with Savonnerie rugs in fresh and modern ways.

Redefine a Hallway into Seating Area with Savonnerie Rug

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Jorge Elias, Jean-Louis Deniot

Add Glamor and Warmth to Modern Spaces with Savonnerie Rugs

Posted by Kate Watson on Nov 7, 2013 10:50:00 PM

Savonnerie rugs embody the opulence and fine artistry of classical French culture.  These knotted pile carpets feature classical architectural elements combined with floral elements rendered in a classically French manner. We usually associate these rugs with grand salons and formal dining spaces, but this is not the only places designers use them. In fact top international designers use Savonnerie rugs to bring sophistication to modern spaces and to add disand informal spaces as well.  If you're looking to add a stately, refined look to your next project, Savonnerie rugs are an excellent place to start.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Yves Gastou

Savonnerie Rugs Add Pizazz to Fashion Celebrities’ Homes

Posted by Kate Watson on Nov 5, 2013 8:50:00 AM

Interior design and haute couture have one thing in common- they are more about style than fashion. Ralph Lauren explains it this way, “Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.” Savonnerie rugs are an example of a style that is always in vogue. Not only are Savonnerie rugs held in high esteem by today's top interior designers such as Michael S. Smith, they have been favored by the biggest names in haute couture fashion such as Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy and Hubert Guerrand-Hermés of the House of Hermés. We will view the homes of these four fashion leaders to learn how they decorate with Savonnerie rugs.

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Tags: Hubert de Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Hermes

Savonnerie Rugs Enrich 3 Blue and Gold Interiors by Alberto Pinto

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 25, 2013 6:47:00 PM

Paris-based decorator Alberto Pinto has had an array of cultural influences that are reflected in his work. Pinto was born in Morocco to Argentinean parents, attended school in France and lived in New York City. Pinto has designed homes for many heads of state and celebrities and is adept in working in different cultural settings all over the world. Pinto has developed a special flair for decorating with Savonnerie carpets and today's three glamorous rooms by Pinto can teach us a lot about decorating with Savonnerie rugs and using blue and gold in the right balance.

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Tags: Alberto Pinto, Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs

Savonnerie Rugs Add Drama and Flair to 4 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 24, 2013 11:21:00 PM

Savonnerie rugs are famous for their regal style and excellent craftsmanship.  Loved by French royalty for centuries, Savonnerie rugs are elegant and perfect for those looking to decorate with a traditional, but dramatic, flair.  Their glorious colors and sophisticated color palettes make them an excellent anchor for a variety of decorating styles. Savonnerie rugs are particularly effective in pulling together interiors that have a mix of modern and traditional furniture and art.

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Tags: Alberto Pinto, Hubert de Givenchy, Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Scott Snyder, Michael S. Smith

Savonnerie Carpets Bring Prestige and Style to 3 Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 16, 2013 12:03:00 AM

It is common knowledge that Savonnerie carpets are the most prestigious amongst all rugs. Antique Savonnerie rugs made for Louis XVI fetch millions of dollars at Sotheby's and Christies auctions. Interior designers have incorporated these colorful rugs into some of the most exquisite and sophisticated rooms across the world. The variety of colors and patterns found in Savonnerie rugs impart a prestigious personality to a room. The saying "Less is More" clearly doesn't apply to these rugs. In fact there is now a Pinterest board titled "Less is a Bore" in which rooms with Savonnerie rugs are prominently featured.

Designer Albert Hadley once said that "the essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live." While we have seen Savonnerie rugs in regal looking rooms, these are not the only kind of interiors that can benefit from the unique charm of a Savonnerie rug. The three interiors in today's post show how to decorate with Savonnerie rugs in a way that serves how the owner of the home lives and not some impersonal and grandiose style.

Design a Grand Living Room with Savonnerie Rug

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Nicholas Haslam, Studio Peregalli

Mixing Savonnerie Rugs and Modern Art Creates 2 Stunning Interiors

Posted by Caroline Bell on Oct 10, 2013 9:40:00 PM

There's something thrilling about decorating your home with Savonnerie rugs and modern art. The juxtaposition of old and new, or traditional and modern, can really pack a punch in a room. Savonnerie rugs feature lush patterns that can range from French baroque to Neoclassical and romantic. Savonnerie rugs feature medallions and floral elements within architectural borders. Imagine one of these luscious rugs spread out in a room with dark wood floors. Your first instinct may be to fill the room with Louis XVI furnishings. Savonnerie rugs would obviously look great within that sort of design scheme since that was how they were originally used. Now, imagine that you've got your heart set on a favorite Mark Rothko painting. The rich and densely hued horizontal blocks of color appeal to you, and you wonder if it would work in the room with your classic rug and furnishings. The answer is a resounding "yes." Savonnerie rugs work beautifully with modern art, no matter what type of art it is. You could almost look at Savonnerie rugs as modern art themselves, with their bold designs and vibrant colors.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Jorge Elias, Michael Siller

Savonnerie Rugs Add Splendor to 5 Modern and Traditional Interiors

Posted by Kate Watson on Oct 7, 2013 10:31:00 PM

We’re used to seeing Savonnerie rugs in opulent rooms packed with antiques and finery fit for Royals – in fact, the picture below of Marie Antoinette’s Gilded Study is an excellent example of Savonnerie rugs in just such a setting. But today's leading interior designers are using Savonnerie rugs in more modern ways as we shall see in the chic interiors featured in today's post.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Jean-Louis Deniot, Marie-Antoinette

Savonnerie Rugs in 5 Modern and Glamorous Interior Views

Posted by Kate Watson on Sep 27, 2013 10:22:00 PM

Some of the best design comes out when two unrelated periods or styles are put together. One glorious example is Brazilian designer and architect Jorge Elias’s use of French Savonnerie rugs and contemporary décor in his chic São Paulo home. Featured in Architectural Digest, the rooms are a spicy combination of French antiques and adornments—such as fabulous Savonnerie rugs—mixed with contemporary art.

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Tags: Design Inspiration, Savonnerie Rugs, Jorge Elias

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