In the 17th century French artists and weavers employed by King Henri IV invented the art of making Savonnerie Rugs. We explore why these rugs command over a million dollars at Sotheby's, what makes them so artistically and technically demanding to make and why their technique has never been copied by oriental rug weavers.
1. This Savonnerie carpet with vibrant blues, gold and red can pose a challenge to a decorator. But the early 20th century Parisian decorator knew how to create a fabulous setting for it in the Salon des Huets in the Musee Nissim de Camondo, Paris.
There is no better way to bring glamour and style to a summer home than with a blue contemporary rug as proved by the 11 chic interiors in today's post. A designer rug is a major investment and it is important to choose one that will be in fashion for years to come. The best way to ensure your rug doesn't become dated is to look for rugs that combine both traditional and modern elements. It is also important for the rug to have a balance of cool and warm colors as this will make it easy to pull together all the colors in a room.
The six best rooms with designer rugs in the June 2017 Architectural Digest include Daniel Romualdez's seaside house in Ibiza, Bunny Williams and John Roselli's Palladian paradise in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Katrine Boorman and Danny Moynihan's home in the delightful seaside resort town of Oualidia, Morocco.
A gray Oushak rug that contains accents of white, taupe, brown and blue is a great way to bring a contemporary vibe to traditional rooms and these rugs are easy to decorate with as they go with many colors and decorating styles as shown in the 14 chic interiors in today's post.
A grey Oushak rug pulls together contemporary and traditional elements and brings a chic and modern vibe to a living room with traditional architecture.
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.
Frank Babb Randolph,
Lisa Torbett Interiors,
Where to buy needlepoint rugs,
Kay Genua Design,
It is hard to imagine that in this day when most things are made by machine a 9'x12' Asmara Needlepoint rug has 1.5 million individual hand made stitches (1,555,200 to be exact). The only people who are not surprised are needlepoint hobbyists who know how much time it takes to complete just a few inches of petit point (a late 19th century French term meaning ‘little stitch’)let alone a large room size needlepoint rug with millions of stitches and hundreds of colors! Today we pull back the curtain to reveal how needlepoint rugs were made at London's famous Royal School of Needlework and at the Asmara Needlepoint Studio in China.
how needlepoint rugs are made
Imagine you are leading guests on a tour of your home. As you walk from one room to the next do you see a consistent design aesthetic or do some rooms jump out because they have not yet been updated? If after this tour you decide to freshen the neglected rooms, where would you start? Many decorators start with the rug as it makes it easier to find complementary fabrics, paint colors and accessories. However, choosing a rug raises such questions as- how well matched do rugs in adjoining rooms have to be? Should you even try to match area rugs in adjoining rooms or should they all be different? Are there rules for how to coordinate different area rugs? how do you put oriental rugs in adjoining rooms? how to pick complementing designer rugs for one room? and how to have area rugs in adjoining living and dining rooms? I asked Jackie Ostrander, a highly sought after rug consultant to interior designers in Greenwich, Connecticut, Palm Beach and Naples, Florida to help me answer these questions.
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The five best rooms with designer rugs in the June 2017 Elle Decor feature the 18th-century Paris apartment of American socialite Katherine Bryan designed by Studio Peregalli, the living room of a Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson designed apartment in one of New York's tallest towers overlooking Central Park, the living room of the home of designer Ernest de la Torre in Snedens Landing, New York and outdoor dining on a beautiful porch in an Amagansett, New York house designed by Richard Mishaan.
Ernest de la Torre
It is easy to worry about breaking some unwritten rules when choosing designer rugs for open plan spaces and adjoining rooms. Readers have asked us if the rugs should be coordinated, or if they should be different. Should they choose rugs that have similar colors or contrasting colors? Can they mix contemporary rugs with traditional rugs in a great room? The 18 rooms in today's post will show you that the many exciting ways interior designers have devised for visually linking rooms and open spaces through rugs, furniture, fabrics and accessories. After seeing these 18 examples, you will feel freer to try your own ideas putting aside the fear of breaking some unknown design rules.
Juan Pablo Molyneux,
Mariette Himes Gomez,
Este Stanley Interiors,
The seven best rooms with designer rugs in the May 2017 Veranda feature the stunning blue and white compositions of Cathy Kincaid in a 1930's Spanish Colonial in Dallas, an upper-east side apartment enlivened by Nick Olsen's unexpected colors, Frank de Biasi's renewal of a 1917 shingled white colonial on Long Island's North Shore and the yellow and gold living room of Jan Showers' updated Dallas townhouse.
Frank de Biasi
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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Martyn Lawrence Bullard,
House Beautiful's 5 best rooms with designer rugs in May is an ode to vivid color and nature starting with Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod's brightly fashionable design in Houston to Michael Maher's colorful New Jersey home to designer Wendy Owen's magical outdoor lounge in Sonoma, California made of rough stone, weathered wood and lit by chandeliers made from beehives.
Elle Decor's 5 best rooms with designer rugs in May include an elegant and warm apartment overlooking New York's Grammercy Park designed by Bennett Leifer, an alumnus of
Robert A. M. Stern, Juan Pablo Molyneux and Scott Snyder, as well as fashion designer Erin Beatty's colorful West Village duplex designed by Lara Apponyi and Michael Woodcock.