7 Top Designers Use Damask Rugs to Warm Up Contemporary Interiors

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If you’re looking for a way to bring warmth and texture to a contemporary room design, a stylish damask rug can instantly do the job and also add sense of history and a rich texture. The patterns of these beautiful rugs go back to centuries old damask fabrics from Damascus, Byzantium, Italy, Spain and France. The best damask rugs are hand made in a cut and loop weave that will bring a sense of richness to any room they grace. The seven rooms by top interior designers show how they use damask rugs to add warmth and charm to contemporary rooms. Read More

6 Rooms Chase Away Winter Blues with Nature’s Colors and Green Rugs

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With the approach of winter days are shortening and we are getting less exposure to the sun's healing rays. If you have been feeling a bit blue or moody, it is not just your imagination. Doctor's have a name for this physiologial effect, they call it "seasonal affective disorder" or SAD. As an antidote the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is offering nature walks called Chase Away the Winter Blues guided by a BBG veteran who also happens to be a licensed psychotherapist. "Walking the Garden grounds counteracts some of the overindulgence of the holiday season while keeping the blues at bay" advises the BBG. Decorating our homes with nature's colors is another way to invite the beauty and healing effects of nature's colors into our lives. We know that the color green has a cool, earthy feel, like grass under the feet or trees stirring in the breeze. Adding a green rug to any room can help infuse the space with a feeling that is vibrant and alive. The six rooms below all use green rugs to create a vibe that is modern but overwhelmingly fresh and natural. Read More

2 Top Designers Create Fashionable Rooms with Damask Rugs

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Damask is an incredibly rich silk fabric that lights up everything from walls to drapery to upholstery with its combination of shiny and matte weaves. Damask rugs derive their patterns from damask fabrics and the best damask rugs also have a cut and loop texture which brings out the beauty of the pattern. You can use damask rugs as part of a full-fledged exotic theme within a room, or they can be the only exotic element in a room. How you use them depends on the look that you're trying to create. Damask rugs often have tonal patterns which look very subtle even thought they may have a lot of detail. The best damask rugs have a cut and loop texture that looks fascinating when light falls on the rug. Some damask rugs are shaded so artfully that some details of the pattern shimmer like silk, even though the rug is made entirely of wool. The shimmery section of the pattern reflects beautifully against the more matte portion of the design and in this way damask rugs mimic the effect created by damask fabrics. Today we will learn how Victoria Hagan and Steven Gambrel, both AD100 interior designers, created very different looks with damask rugs. Read More

Red Rugs Bring Holiday Cheer and Glamour: 4 Stylish Rooms

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The great outdoors can seem dreary as winter arrives for a long stay. However, good interior design featuring red rugs can provide both a festive lift and a year-round boost for you and your guests. Red is a highly emotive color, imparting feelings of love, warmth, and comfort – not just good tidings for this festive season, but worthwhile qualities for your home to have all year round. Today, we’re going to look at how four top designers have used red rugs to bring out the best in living rooms and bedrooms. Read More

Bring Warmth and Chic Style with Oushak Rugs: 4 Stunning Rooms

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As winter brings snow to parts of the country not used to seeing it, it is not just in New England that we start thinking of how to make our homes cozy and comfortable. One of the most important factors in making a room feel inviting is the right rug and Oushak rugs with soft, silky pile come first to mind. The best Oushak rugs have thick, lustrous pile that will cushion your feet in luxury and keep them well insulated from cold, hard floors.  The subtle patterns of Oushak rugs have a certain magic that reminds you of centuries old traditions which can bring a rich beauty and distinction to a room design. To create a cozy, inviting living room, dining area or bedroom, look for Oushak rugs in muted, earthy tones such as coral, terra cotta, salmon, cinnamon, warm yellow accent colors on a cream, beige or gold background. The four stunning interiors in todays post show how interior designers use these rugs to maximum effect, playing into their luxurious textures, bringing out their warm hues, complementing their evocative patterns, and letting their traditional elegance shine and define the space. Read More

Blue Rugs Add Young Vibe and Elegance to 4 Interiors

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The color blue is one of the most popular colors on Earth and represents tranquility, think the skies and seas. Blue has also been shown to represent trust, wisdom, cleanliness, and intelligence. To create a dynamic room you can easily contrast any blue with a warmer color to ramp up the energy. As Christina Murphy, one of the top interior designers of today, best put it, “punches of color keep a room feeling youthful and engaging”. So instead of getting any boring blue rug look for one with a bold hue or interesting pattern that will add interest without clutter. Read More

Oushak Rugs Bring Chic Style to 5 Different Rooms of a House

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When designing a home, it's very important to consider each and every space and the particular way the room will be used and what mood you are trying to create in it. Oushak rugs can help you establish the right tone for each room and make it inviting, usable, chic and stylish all at the same time. By using Oushak rugs throughout the house you can create a coherent feeling and harmony throughout the home. Because Oushak rugs come in so many different colors and styles, you can create very different looks in each room. If you already have some ideas about the moods you would like to develop in each space, you can look for an Oushak rug that speaks to that theme and then let the rug inspire the design of the space. Today we will explore how 5 interior designers use Oushak rugs to create the different moods in a foyer, living room, dining room, media/game room and bedroom. Each room has a distinct personality and the designer found just the right Oushak rug to help them create the look and feel the client desired for the room. Read More

Geometric Rugs Bring High Style to 4 Modern Interiors

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Modern design is about structure, with attention to shapes, pattern, and clean lines.  To create this modern aesthetic, choosing a well-made geometric rug will help you design a chic and welcoming room. Unlike traditional French and Oriental rugs, geometric rugs aim for sleek, simple texture rather than grand formality.  This doesn't mean that geometric rugs are informal - on the contrary - their clever design can make them high-style pieces for any interior. With their emphasis on simplicity, geometric rugs embody the minimal, sophisticated style of today' fashion trends. Read More

Bring Modern Vibe to Interiors with Damask Red Rugs: 8 Tips

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If people talk about decorating rooms with red rugs, your automatic assumption may be that they're talking about adding spicy, red-hot décor to their space. You hear the term "red rugs", and you'd be forgiven if your mind automatically went to "red carpet." The red carpet is synonymous with Hollywood razzle-dazzle, so it's understandable to assume that anyone using red rugs is trying to create a hot, over-the-top, ultra glamorous space. It's true that you can get a very vibrant, hot look with red rugs; you can also create cooler, calmer spaces with red rugs that still have an air of decadence about them. Read More

Damask Rugs Bring Luxury and Style to 4 Interiors

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Damask rugs can bring a feeling of luxury and style to an interior because of their rich cultural history, beautiful patterns and artistic colors. Damask rugs are inspired by damask fabrics which were first woven in Damascus in the middle ages. The beauty of these fabrics results from the fact that the pattern is woven in a satin finish and the background is woven in a matte finish. The best damask rugs also contain two different textures- a cut pile and a looped surface. The pattern is woven in cut pile and the background in loop. The texture of damask rugs gives an additional dimension to its pattern and colors which in turn adds a richness to the room design. However, not all damask rugs contain a combination of two different textures. Since cut and loop weaving is far more difficult the plain cut pile weaving, most damask rugs are made in just cut pile. They are still called damask rugs because their patterns are inspired by damask fabrics. So how can you use a damask rug to enhance the interior design project? That’s what we’re going to show in a quick tour of four elegant interiors where leading designers have used damask rugs to create fabulous interiors. Read More