Needlepoint Rugs Make it Easy to Design Sunny Rooms

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If you tell people that black needlepoint rugs make it easy to design rooms that look sunny, you'll most likely be met with a blank stare followed by a dismissive wave of a hand. When people think of dark-colored needlepoint rugs, they usually imagine darker, moodier rooms with heavy furnishings and old books, but these rugs can bring sun and beauty into a room in wonderful and unique ways. Black needlepoint rugs allow you to bring your own sunshine. Read More

Why Savonnerie Carpets Adorn The Worlds Grandest Hotels

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Savonnerie rugs in all of their pomp and grandeur are a perfect element in grand hotel design. When guests arrive at a hotel after a long flight, they're looking forward to being welcomed into a warm and beautiful environment. If they're paying a lot of money, they're expecting it. The very best hotels go out of their way to make their guests feel as if they're staying in a home away from home. Grand hotels go out of their way to make sure that everywhere their guests look, luxury and comfort greets them at every turn. Savonnerie rugs are a favorite of some of the most decadent hotels in the world because their grandness of scale and intricate beauty implies unlimited opulence. Savonnerie rugs used in hotels' public spaces let guests instinctively know that they are going to be taken care of. Read More

Aubusson Rugs Elevate Ordinary Interiors to Extraordinary

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Aubusson rugs are found in manor homes, chic apartments and luxury settings the world over – so why is it that Aubusson rugs are such a reliable go-to item for interior designers and home owners? Simply because the most amazing thing a rug can do for an interior is to elevate the atmosphere – and the artistic quality of the best Aubusson rugs makes them an ideal tool for adding that extra sizzle to an interior. Today I’ve picked some of my favorite examples of how Aubusson rugs elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary. Read More

How Bessarabian Rugs Give a Chic Personality to Interiors

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You’ve been looking at selection of prestigious rugs for a while, searching for the piece that speaks to your heart. You want to frame the collection of accents and artifacts you’ve acquired with a rug that is more than a floor covering, but you’re not sure about those styles so commonly spotted in fashionable designer interiors from New York to Palm Beach. In that case, there’s something to be said for the beauty of Bessarabian rugs. As Steven Stark told Architectural Digest not too long ago, “You don’t see them all that often anymore.” What Makes Bessarabian Rugs Different Read More

How to Design Stunning Interiors with Orange Rugs: 3 Chic Looks

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The celebrated decorator Miles Redd was of the opinion that, “Juxtaposition: high/low; shiny/matte; modern/ancient; grand/humble; refined/crude...is the essence of chic.” A simple way to realize Redd’s formula for a chic room is the use of orange rugs that have black accents; the effect is hip and stylish every time. Read More

How to Add Glamour with Oushak Rugs: 4 Fab Michael Smith Rooms

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Hazrat Inayat Khan was the founder of a spiritual movement that focused on love, harmony and beauty; he once said, “Some people look for a beautiful place…others make a place beautiful.”  The interior designer Michael S. Smith is just the sort of person Khan envisioned. Smith truly makes places beautiful—and then some! Read More

Green Rugs: How to Add Instant Glamour to Interiors

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Green rugs are glamorous when paired with the right elements. Pine green rugs can glam up a space filled with soft white furnishings and crystal elements. Lime green rugs can be the finishing touch in a luxurious space filled with cozy fabrics and bits of bling. Steve Jobs said, "Design is not just what it looks like; design is how it works." That goes for your green rugs, too. How they work will determine how much glamour they bring. Read More

Blue Rugs Make it Easy to Design Spectacular Seaside Rooms

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Blue rugs are a powerful complement to indoor/outdoor rooms that open up to the ocean or the sea. When using blue rugs in these types of spaces, try and choose rugs that don't disrupt the sightline. The water is the star, and you want to use blue rugs that complement it, not obliterate it. Da Vinci said that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Keep that in mind as you proceed.  Read More