Dolce & Gabbana F/W 2012 Fashions Honor Floral Needlepoint Rugs

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall and Winter 2012 Fashions Celebrate Floral Needlepoint Rugs. “We’re not about minimalism, we’re massimalismo,” Stefano Gabbana was quoted in Vogue. Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have built a multimillion-dollar luxury business based on the culture and fashions of Sicily, where as an infant Domenico Dolce slept in his father’s tailoring workshop and watched his parents hand stitch outfits for the local congregation for the high holidays. Read More

Black Needlepoint Rugs Enliven Dolce & Gabbana’s F/W 2012 Fashions

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Today's post completes a three part series on how women's fashions, architecture and history influence and are in turn influenced by Aubusson rugs and needlepoint rugs. As a designer of the Asmara Decorative Rug Collections I am fascinated by the creative exchange between separate domains. I hope you enjoy our brief excursions to understand the influence of history, architecture and culture on Needlepoint rugs and Aubusson rugs. Read More

Gold on Black Aubusson Rugs Inspire Fall-Winter 2012 Womens Fashions

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As a designer of decorative rugs, I look far and wide for inspiration. In yesterday's post the inspiration was nature and I posted pictures I took this spring and fall in Boston's Arnold Arboretum. Today's source of inspiration is women's fashion. I looks for sudden and drastic shifts in moods in women's fashion. They are usually an early trend forecaster of decorative rug fashions in the coming years. Read More

Let Nature Guide You in Decorating with Purple Decorative Rugs

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This week I have been enjoying our annual family summer vacation in Maine where the misty pine covered islands completely draw me in to nature. This a good time to share some of the pictures I have taken this spring and summer. We will try to learn nature's color composition secrets. Today's post will focus on the color purple. Lately I have become fascinated by purple and recently posted How to Decorate with Purple and Decorative Rugs- 10 Chic Interiors. Read More

15 Chic Decorative Rugs from Stylish Colorado Mountain Interiors

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The 15 chic Colorado mountain interiors with decorative rugs avoid the clichés of antlers and Navajo rugs. Instead they offer a range of styles ranging from Atelier AM's mid-century modern to David Easton's sophisticated continental flair and Samuel Botero's English Club in the west. I hope you will enjoy the best of the interiors that have appeared over the years in Architectural Digest. Read More

How to Decorate with Purple and Decorative Rugs- 10 Chic Interiors

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These 10 stunning interiors with purple and purple decorative rugs are not only a treat for the eyes, they also offer valuable lessons on how to decorate with purple. Purple interiors and purple decorative rugs can feel cold, unless they are complemented with the right warm colors- as you will see in these 10 chic interiors. If you have never thought of using purple, you may change your mind when you see how original and inviting these rooms are. Read More

14 Gorgeous Blue and White Bedrooms with Decorative Rugs

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In July and August we desire restful sleep in bedrooms that let in cool breezes and the fragrances from the garden. The 14 bedrooms in today's post have all these qualities plus incredible style. There is a  lot of blue and white in all the interiors except the one in Hawaii, where the cresting ocean waves surrounding the bedroom provide wide expanses of blue and white. Read More

How Needlepoint Rugs are Handmade from Original Art Paintings

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Every Asmara needlepoint rug starts out as an idea which is translated into a quick pencil sketch which goes through several revisions and discussions between artist Elizabeth Moisan and myself. When a sketch looks promising, Elizabeth mixes colors in Gouache. It usually takes several failed attempts before we get just the right colors. Elizabeth then hand paints the design on poster board. A painting usually goes through several revisions and if we are happy with the final result we send it over to Asmara's needlepoint rug making artists. The pictures tell the story from here. Read More