Southern California interior designer Eric Guenther founder of Whim Home in San Juan Capistrano, CA, just slid this Canterbury pile Bessarabian rug in his guest bedroom without changing any of the existing furnishings. Eric was demonstrating the power of his 7 tips for decorating with Bessarabian rugs.
Last week after attending the 2012 Design Bloggers Conference in Los Angeles, I drove south to lovely San Juan Capistrano famous for it’s 1776 Mission and the legend of the swallows returning to Capistrano. I was visiting Whim Home adjacent to the Mission. Interior designer Eric Guenther shared his insights on decorating with Bessarabian rugs. Image Copyright Andre Salvadore (Erdna)
Eric Guenther’s 7 Tips on Decorating with Bessarabian Rugs:
1. Do not match the colors of the Bessarabian rug with the fabrics and walls.
If you wish to create a sophisticated European ambiance seen in the pages of London magazine The World of Interiors you must resist the impulse to closely match all the fabrics with the Bessarabian rug. If you match the fabrics too closely to the rug, the room will end up looking contrived. It is far more fashionable to create an unstudied look that gives the impression that you collected the pieces gradually over the years. Eric is a master at achieving this look, and it is far more difficult than it looks.
2. Choose a Bessarabian rug that naturally looks like an antique rug without having been chemically washed.
Look for Bessarabian rugs that look antique but have not been chemically washed. The colors and durability of these natural Bessarabian rugs are true to good antique Bessarabian rugs.
3. Avoid Bessarabian rugs that are too muted or too vibrant.
If the colors of the Bessarabian rug are too muted they will merge with the muted fabrics and wall covering making the room feel drab and lifeless.
If, on the other extreme, the Bessarabian rug’s colors are too vibrant they will make the muted fabrics and wall covering look dusty and dull.
The Canterbury Bessarabian rug straddles a happy medium- it has both muted and vibrant colors similar to an antique Bessarabian rug. The wider color range is also the secret sauce that makes it possible to effortlessly slide this Bessarabian rug into an existing room scheme creating a sophisticated harmony.
4. Choose a Bessarabian rug that has a harmonious balance of geometric and floral elements.
The fabrics in the guest bedroom are a mix of floral and geometric patterns. The Canterbury Bessarabian rug has both geometric and floral elements and this allows it to ground the fabrics and wall covering.
5. The scale of the Bessarabian rug should be different from the fabrics and wall covering.
If the scale of the Bessarabian rug’s pattern is too similar to the fabrics, the room will look busy. If the Bessarabian rug’s scale is either larger or smaller than the fabrics, the composition will be balanced and harmonious.
6. Choose a pile Bessarabian rug for a soft feel under foot.
Pile Bessarabian rugs are rarer and costlier than flat woven Bessarabian rugs. If you really must have the the soft cushioning of a pile rug, be forewarned that the choices in pile Bessarabian rugs are more limited and the prices higher.
7. Choose a flat woven Bessarabian rug or a needlepoint Bessarabian rug if you like the look of low pile antique rugs.
Modern Bessarabian rugs are available in the Bessarabian flat weave or in the needlepoint weave. Both have the look of very low pile antique rugs favored by interior designers.
The Canterbury is also available as a Needlepoint Bessarabian Rug