Never underestimate the power of color. Not only are vibrant colors pleasing to the eye, certain colors actually have other interesting benefits. Although green is traditionally considered to be one of the most restful colors for the eye, green is also known to enhance creativity. A study by the University of Munich showed that the color green boosted the creativity of participants. Scientists believe that the human brain associates green with growth and development. Using green rugs as a design element can be a great way to awaken creativity and bring vibrancy to a home. Read More
Whether you are looking for the perfect fall décor or something to bring out the earthy highlights in your room, an orange rug can be exactly what you need to create a warm, welcoming space. While orange can be a bold choice, many interior designers find unique ways to bring out the rustic and citrus shades. Because orange is an uncommon choice, it makes the perfect centerpiece for your design or serves as a vibrant accent. In today’s blog post, I’ll show you some cozy interiors that add just the right amount of color with orange rugs. Read More
Oushak rugs combine subtle, modern colors with centuries old patterns that originated in Oushak, Turkey in the 17th century. The best Oushak rugs have luscious colors and lustrous wool that will grow in beauty with use. When selecting Oushak rugs look for rugs with luxurious pile and avoid those that have very a low pile which is the result of excessive chemical treatments and distressing. You can choose rugs that have soft shades of cream, blues and golds or you can find rugs with vibrant coral and red tones. Oushak rugs will enhance both modern and traditional interiors as they themselves are a combination of modern colors and antique patterns. Here are 4 interiors in different styles that show the many looks you can create with Oushak rugs. Read More
In her book A Passion for Blue and White, Carolyne Roehm observes, “ Nature’s quintessential color combination of blue and white never ceases to amaze me.” Blue and white is a classic combination that can be conventional or unexpected, but it is always a crowd-pleaser. The secret to pulling off this classic look is choosing the perfect blue rug. The rooms featured today utilize four expertly chosen blue rugs that demonstrate how you can use blue and white in almost any room in your home. Read More
The beauty of a damask rug derives from an interplay between color, pattern and texture. Some of the most beautiful and flexible damask rugs have tonal colorations and wonderful cut and loop textures that accentuate the similar by subtly different shades. Rarely silk is used to highlight the pattern, but usually the rugs are made of lustrous wool. Recently damask rugs have also been made in highly contrasting colors. The four interiors show how top designers decorate with four very different damask rugs. You will see that damask rugs are a beautiful way to add texture, contrast and chic style to an interior. Read More
A beautifully decorated home is not cluttered with meaningless items. An elegant interior showcases the necessary alongside the meaningful. Designer Charlotte Moss once said, "Our objects, bibelots, whatnots, and knickknacks- say the most about who we are. They are as honest as a diary." Honesty and purpose can be the difference between a space that looks like a random assortment of items and a room that is truly curated and Oushak rugs are a great help in designing a purposefully decorated space. Read More
In 19th century Russia the royal family and the nobles became so enamored by French and English carpets, they ordered copies of these rugs to be made in the countryside of Bessarabia which was then a part of Russia. Surprisingly the copies turned out to more charming than the originals because the weavers wove the the formal French and English patterns in a naïve and unstudied manner. After the fall of the Czar in 1917 some of these rugs were shipped off to Paris, London and New York where they became known as Bessarabian rugs. Interior designers recognized their incredible beauty and prized them as a more friendly alternative to French and English rugs. Legendary interior designers Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, David Easton and John Saladino have designed beautiful rooms with these rugs and we will look at them to learn how to decorate with the Bessarabian rugs
Green is a color that is often associated with rebirth, nature, and growth. In some cultures, green is also used in the home to signify wealth and prosperity. Using green rugs in an interior is an excellent way to build a room around these themes and infuse the regenerative, calming qualities of nature.
Choosing artwork for a room can be very tricky, especially if you aren't an art buff or don't happen to have an art consultant on hand. We often think of artwork as primarily for our walls, but Aubusson rugs can add a touch of artistry to a room without the hassle of choosing original artwork. Many of the designs found in Aubusson rugs were made from original paintings made by fine artists, so it is only natural that their presence would bring a sense of beauty to any room.
Paris-based decorator Alberto Pinto has had an array of cultural influences that are reflected in his work. Pinto was born in Morocco to Argentinean parents, attended school in France and lived in New York City. Pinto has designed homes for many heads of state and celebrities and is adept in working in different cultural settings all over the world. Pinto has developed a special flair for decorating with Savonnerie carpets and today's three glamorous rooms by Pinto can teach us a lot about decorating with Savonnerie rugs and using blue and gold in the right balance. Read More