If you remove the Aubusson rug from each of the 6 gorgeous interiors by David Easton, these rooms would lose their entire personality. What is even more interesting is that the Aubusson rugs David chose for his rooms would have been rejected by many other decorators. For example, many decorators reject Aubusson rugs with prominent central medallions, saying it is too hard to arrange furniture on such rugs. Other decorators object to Aubusson rugs with floral designs or with French Empire designs. You will see that David Easton relishes all such Aubusson rugs because he knows that they bring sophistication and personality to a room that other rugs cannot. Where others see flaws in an Aubusson rug, David sees gems that will make his rooms memorable. If you are thinking that David was settling for “flawed” Aubusson rugs because he could not find the “perfect” rug, you should now that David had these Aubusson rugs custom made to his exacting specifications.
The other important thing to know is that David never treats an Aubusson rug or any other object in the room as something too precious. This attitude keeps David’s rooms from feeling stiff or overly grand- he wants his clients and their guest to feel totally comfortable and relaxed.
If you worry about hiding the medallion of an Aubusson rug under a table, or reject a spectacular Aubusson rug because it does not contain all the colors you have chosen for the room, or if you turn away from an Aubusson rug because it has one “wrong” color, you can end up choosing a rug that has none of these flaws, but which also makes the room feel boring. David chose these Aubusson rugs because he knows that these so called “flaws” are what makes the room alluring.
1. A highly unusual Aubusson rug with an oval central medallion and a geometric field in red, gold and cream ties together white neoclassical columns, ceiling and door in this richly colored living room. Note that this Aubusson rug does not contain the yellow greens found in the upholstery and the wall covering, yet the rug pulls together all the colors in this room into a unified whole. There is also a subtle interplay of shapes between the oval medallion of the Aubusson rug and the oval chair backs. Image courtesy Pinterest Designer: David Easton.
2. The cream Aubusson rug with exuberant floral wreaths was custom made after an 18th century French Aubusson rug. The rug anchors the garden room of Douglas and Wilmer Thomas with its white walls, arched French windows and wood framed ceiling. This calm and peaceful room provides the perfect setting for the fragrant flowers Douglas brings in from her greenhouse. The red, gold, blue and green florals in the Aubusson rug provide the only pattern and color in the room. Image courtesy Pinterest Designer: David Easton
Douglas and Wilmer Thomas purchased the fabulous 400 acre garden called Twin Maples in Salisbury, Connecticut in 1996. They are only the third recorded owners of the garden which was originally given as a land grant by George II of England in 1740 to the first owner. Douglas and Wilmer built a Georgian – style house with a guest cottage designed by David Easton. Next to the formal gardens are 40 acres of wildflower meadows. The house and the gardens have been documented by Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution.
3. This master bedroom of a collector’s home in Montreal offers a great lesson on how to decorate with Aubusson rugs that have large central medallions. Instead of treating the central medallion as something precious that should never be covered by furniture, David gives himself the freedom to place the bed where it feels the most comfortable, even if it means covering half the medallion of the Aubusson rug. In fact, by covering the medallion, the room feels more relaxed even though it has many expensive antiques. The warm gold walls and blue silk damask chairs add depth and layering to the blues and golds in the neoclassical Aubusson rug. Image courtesy davideastoninc.com.
4. In the drawing room of the house in Montreal a pale gold and beige Aubusson rug acts as a warm neutral backdrop for brown, tan and gold fabrics and dark wood tones. White neoclassical ceiling border and white windows provide a refreshing contrast. Image courtesy davideastoninc.com.
5. A green, black and red French Empire Aubusson rug anchors dark wood paneled walls and leather bound volumes in the library of Albemarle House built for Patricia Kluge in Charlottesville, VA. The round ceiling pattern echos the round medallion in the Aubusson rug. Photo: Philip Beaurline via Tea with Claudia.
5A. The strong personality of the green and black French Empire Aubusson rug is needed to anchor the Empire coffee table, leather sofa, leopard patterned throw and ornate drapes in this seating area of the library in Albemarle House. Image courtesy Pinterest Designer: David Easton.
6. A cream and grey Aubusson rug with a colorful floral pattern welcomes visitors at the entry hall of Albemarle House. Image courtesy Pinterest Designer: David Easton.
7. A cream Aubusson rug with a green and blue trellis adds interest and color to the plain beige upholstery fabrics and brown wood tones in this high vaulted ceiling sun room. The white marble fireplace and weathered wood ceiling beams add interesting textures. Image courtesy Pinterest Designer: David Easton.
David Easton breakfasting with Lizzie at Balthazar. Photo: Andrew French via Tea with Claudia.