How to Add Modern Vibe to Traditional Decor with Savonnerie Carpets

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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. Read More

How to Give Young Vibe to Traditional Rooms with Blue and White Rugs

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Perhaps the most stunning living room in New York's 2013 Kips Bay Show House is a room that despite its impeccable traditional furniture and magnificent blue and white rug has an amazingly young vibe and fresh energy. The Interior design is by an AD100 mother and daughter team of Mariette Himes Gomez and Brooke Gomez. This spectacular living room offers a great way to learn the 4 Tips For Giving a Young Vibe to Traditional Rooms with a Blue and White Rug. Read More

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

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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. Read More

How to Go Beyond Your Fear And Decorate with Green Rugs

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Frank Lloyd Wright said, "Nature is the inspiration for all ornamentation." It's true. Green rugs are a great way to bring a joyous, springlike vibe into a home; and green rug also makes it easy to add warm and cozy colors to the room because green is one of nature's most versatile colors and it works with all the colors of the rainbow. Think of the green that blankets a meadow on a spring day, and how it highlights the thousands of buttery yellow buttercups. The colors seem – and are – perfectly coordinated. Imagine the deep, rich green of a pine forest that looks stunning against the blue sky above and the rich browns of the trees' bark that always with the green leaves of the tree and the grass in the meadow. It seems like no other color works as well as a background color as green does. Read More

4 Glamorous Ways to Decorate with Medallion Aubusson Rugs

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Aubusson rugs with central medallions are some of the most glamorous Aubusson rugs ever created, but many people miss out on the opportunity of creating fabulous rooms around them, because they think it is hard to deal with the medallion. Fortunately, great interior designers have already forged a beautiful trail that we can learn a great deal from. Today we we will look at four exciting ways that will add glamor to any room by making imaginative use of an Aubusson rug's central medallion. The four ways illustrated in this post will inspire you to come up with your own creative way to bringing glamor to your rooms with Aubusson rugs with central medallions. Read More

How to Enhance the Beauty of a Room with Geometric Rugs: 3 Tips

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Standing in an empty room, you are struck by how beautiful it is. Whether it's the unique angles of the walls or the look of the ceiling or paneling or windows, this room is exquisite. While the idea of decorating it is exhilarating, how do you do that without taking anything away from the beauty of the architecture? Perhaps the answer is as simple as geometric rugs. Just as the juxtaposition of contrasting colors creates energy in a room and attract our eyes, the use of complementary geometric patterns, especially in an area as large as a rug, will make the room more beautiful. Every room has it's own architectural shapes which will benefit from being highlighted by the right geometric rug. Read More

I Don’t Wear a Crown: Can I Decorate With French Savonnerie Rugs?

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You may be asking this question with a smile on your face, but you're only half joking. It was pretty clear early on that French Savonnerie rugs were something special. From the moment they were spawned in 17th-century France, these elaborate and exquisite rugs, hand woven by Parisian weavers, were deemed so spectacular that they were exclusively manufactured for the King. The advent of Aubusson rugs came about in large part due to the clamoring and demands of the moneyed classes who were desperate for the Savonnerie carpets but who were for the most part locked out from getting them. Read More

How to Add Glamour to Contemporary Décor with Aubusson Rugs: 4 Tips

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You've thought about it for a long time and you think you're ready to take the plunge, but the question still lingers in the back of your mind: can you successfully mix Aubusson rugs with contemporary décor? What kind of look would you end up with if you took the plunge? Some people would call it eclectic. Others would call it vintage modern. Still others would swear it's classic contemporary. Whatever you call it, rest assured that done correctly, it would be a brilliantly glamorous fusion of the beauty of the past and the fabulousness of the present.  The Aubusson rug, the younger, more informal sister of the Savonnerie carpet, is a flat weave rug made of ultra-fine wool, with a texture, color palette and design that would work in even the most modern of rooms. The floral and architectural patterns that make up the heart and soul of Aubusson rugs lend themselves perfectly to chic contemporary settings. If you have a modern, loft-like space or a gallery-style room, don't think that your Aubusson will be out of place. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can marry the two different design styles beautifully, creating the perfect blend of something old and something new. Read More

4 Tips for Designing Glamorous Rooms with Pastel Rugs

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A pale pink Savonnerie rug, bordered by gold latticework and boasting gold medallion motifs, laced through with light blue and sunset gold and filling a room with a rosy glow at the first glance of dawn; a light, golden needlepoint rug strewn through with faded ochre and ancient pale blues, flooding a room with radiant warmth in the middle of a rainy afternoon: the all-encompassing beauty of pastel rugs cannot be overstated. Hues like faded pinks, pale greens, soft yellows, warm ivories and light blues are predominant in a pastel color palette. The beauty of pastel rugs is that they become even more beautiful with age, gracing a room with a sure and graceful presence. Pastel rugs are one of the most beautiful styles of carpet, and they can really transform a room. If you're planning on choosing a pastel rug, there are many different styles to choose from, ranging from Savonnerie carpets and Oushak rugs to needlepoint rugs and Aubusson carpets. Read More

6 Tips for Decorating with Aubusson Rugs

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Aubusson rugs represent some of the most beautiful rugs in history. Their origin goes back to the 16th century to the village of Aubusson on the banks of the Creuse river, whose waters were famous for their ability for dyeing vibrant colors. This region of central France is about 200 miles from Paris. Aubusson rugs are handmade in a flat weave construction that resembles heavy tapestries which adorn the walls of French castles and palaces. Aubusson rugs quickly captured the hearts of the French aristocracy because their patterns were similar to those of pile Savonnerie carpets which were unavailable to the aristocracy as they were made exclusively for the King's palaces. Aubusson rugs come in very large sizes and feature center medallions, lyrical floral patterns, and soft color palettes. For hundreds of years Aubusson rugs have been synonymous with the ultimate in French refinement and elegance. While Aubusson rugs continue to be produced in Aubusson and the nearby village of Filletin, the production is extremely limited and is mostly confined to orders placed by the French government for presentation to foreign heads of state. For a few years starting in the 1990's Aubusson rugs were woven in China, but with the rapid rise of wages in that country, hand weaving of Aubusson rugs is now coming to an end. However the love for Aubusson rugs continues unabated among sophisticated interior decorators and connoisseurs. Just as the French aristocracy was once captured by the beauty of Aubusson rugs, so are we today fascinated by the possibilities Aubusson rugs offer for designing refined and elegant interiors in both modern and traditional styles. Read More