Aubusson Rugs Add Sophistication to 4 Grand Interiors

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Aubusson rugs were first made in the 17th century for members of the French aristocracy who were forbidden from buying Savonnerie carpets as the latter were reserved exclusively for the Kings palaces. Aubusson rugs became so popular with the French aristocracy that by the 18th and 19th centuries their fame had spread all across Europe and Russia and then to America. Today we look at how two top decorators, one based in New York and the other in London decorate with Aubusson rugs. The rooms featured in today's post are grand without going over the top, regal without being showy. In each room the Aubusson rug pulls all the elements in the room into a unified whole and makes the room look sophisticated and well balanced. Read More

4 Top Designers Choose Oushak Rugs to Add Excitment to Interiors

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If you've ever walked into a boring, dreary room, you may have noticed that something feels missing. The space seems shallow and one-dimensional. You can't exactly nail it down, but the room just falls flat. The secret to creating interest and depth in a room is layering. Adding layers with Oushak rugs is one effective way to add depth and warmth to any space. Read More

Red Rugs Add Intensity and Vitality to 4 Stunning Interiors

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Red is a versatile color that has more cultural associations than any other color.  In Chinese culture, red is associated with good luck and prosperity.  Frank Lloyd Wright often used red as his signature.  Red is a color with intensity, vitality and power which makes it an excellent choice for bold decorating. Red rugs provide a beautiful foundation for this power color and are available in a variety of shades - from deep rust to bright cherry red as we shall in these four stunning interiors.   Read More

Geometric Rugs Add Zip to 4 Rooms by Star Decorators

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Geometric rugs are being used by the rising stars of interior design in new and exciting ways. Geometric rugs first became popular when British design icon David Hicks reached into historical documents going back 2000 years and came up with fabrics and rugs based on patterns found on ancient monuments, mosaics and buildings. Hicks introduced his geometric rugs to the London of the 1960's and 70's to great acclaim. For the last few years interior designers have rediscovered the beauty and flexibility of geometric rugs and have used them in more and more exciting ways. With so many exciting rooms to chose from, it is hard to pick just four for this blog post. I hope you will be as impressed as I am and find these rooms inspiring and just fun to look at. Read More

Valentino Displays Love for Chinoiserie and Needlepoint Rugs

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Valentino Garavani has been called the maestro of Italian couture and the epitome of Italian high fashion. So I was surprised to learn that the decorative style he admires most is not Italian but 18th century Chinese. Valentino told Architectural Digest, “When I was in Beijing for the first time, in 1993, I saw a collection of old Chinese costumes, and it was one of the great emotional moments of my life.” Valentino's passion for Chinoiserie is so strong, he has re-decorated his grand 17th century château outside Paris in Chinoiserie style anchored by an exuberant needlepoint rug that perfectly complements his collection of English, Dutch, and Italian Chinoiserie objects. Read More

Create Tranquil and Charming Rooms with Blue Rugs: 5 Chic Interiors

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Blue is a calming color and covers the largest surface areas on our planet– the sky and the sea. Color psychologists even claim it can lower pulse rate and body temperature. Looking for a way to create the ultimate Zen space? Using blue as a predominant color can help you create a room that is tranquil and serene. These five rooms use blue rugs to create a peaceful mood and a chic look. Read More

Aubusson Rugs Harmonize Tradition and Modernity: 4 Chic Interiors

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Oprah Winfrey once said, "It’s much easier for me to make major life, multi-million-dollar decisions than it is to decide on a carpet". For many people, choosing the right rug for a room can be more of an ordeal than a joy. For the indecisive, Aubusson rugs can be a life-saver. These classic French rugs have stood the test of time and can help you add just the right touch of cheerful exuberance to a modern room or bring chic style to a traditional interior. Four stunning interiors show how top designers decorate with Aubusson rugs. Read More

Savonnerie Rugs Unify Modern and Traditional Styles in 4 Interiors

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Originally made for French royalty to reduce the need for importing Turkish rugs, Savonnerie rugs soon were being made in uniquely French designs painted by the leading fine artists of the day. These rugs almost invariably bring a certain regal feel to any room. It’s almost impossible to put one in a room and not have images of royalty, or perhaps presidents - several grace the White House. But they can add a certain touch of class to a sophisticated, contemporary design, as well. While Savonnerie rugs frequently come in bold colors and patterns, they also come in a variety of more subtle tones and patterns, making them a perfect choice for a more modern design in need of a touch of class. These four rooms show how top designers decorate with Savonnerie rugs in fresh and modern ways.

4 Top Designers Create Dramatic Rooms with Aubusson Rugs

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Aubusson rugs feature designs originally created by French artists. These tapesty weave rugs first began to be made in the 16th century in the village of Aubusson on the banks of the Creuse river whose water is thought to have special qualities for dyeing brilliant colors. The classical beauty of Aubusson rugs has withstood the test of time. Top interior designers around the world use Aubusson rugs to bring classical elegance to interiors. The classical patterns and artistic color palettes of these rugs can energize a room and pull together furniture and objects of different styles. Since the colors of Aubusson rugs are composed by fine artists, they provide a valuable source of inspiration for choosing the color palette for the rest of the room. The four interiors in today's post are all by top designers and show the different ways you can decorate with Aubusson rugs. Read More

Red Rugs Add Drama to 4 Interiors

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Red commands attention more than any other color in a room. It is a color that can't be ignored and is often used to stimulate the senses and stir emotion. However, in order to use red properly, you must understand its power and use it with confidence. The perfect red rug demands attention and demonstrates bold character. The four rooms in today's post make a strong statement with beautiful red rugs that help to define the space and rebel against the color-shy. Read More