Since Michael Smith’s Manhattan penthouse with fabulous antique Aubusson rugs made the cover of Architectural Digest last fall, interior designers in England and Brazil have created gorgeous interiors mixing modern and antique pieces with extraordinary Aubusson rugs. These interiors are featured in this month’s Architectural Digest and have confirmed that Aubusson rugs are being used in contemporary decorating. It is also wonderful to see next to these modern room two great interiors by Albert Hadley which prove beyond doubt what a great master he was when it came to decorating with Aubusson rugs.
Anouska Hempel. In the sitting room of her Wiltshire, England manor, a French Empire Aubusson rug in red and gold defines the area between two Regency sofas covered in red and white striped linen. The sofa sits on a pink and blue striped rug. The lantern was designed by Hempel and the Javanese inspired slatted screen was custom made. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
In Carroll Petries apartment at 834 Fifth Avenue, New York a cream, red, blue and gold Aubusson rug anchors yellow walls, blue silk drapes, Chinese porcelain, French antiques. The edge of the wall has faux painted moldings. Image from Pinterest via Manhattan Glam Decor.
A round Aubusson rug in cream and antique red anchors raspberry sofa and lamp, blue wainscoting, wall murals and marble fireplace. The simplicity of the neoclassical pattern on the round ceiling provides a contrasting backdrop for the ornate crystal chandelier. Image from Pinterest Clasic Interior…
In Joan Rivers Manhattan living room a round table reflects the circular ceiling. The rectangular shape of the Aubusson rug provides contrast to the round ceiling and table. The red inner field of the Aubusson rug adds warmth and also defines an inner area. Image courtesy New York Social Diary via Pinterest NYC Interiors
An Aubusson rug in cream, red and gold anchors contemporary art and extraordinary antique and contemporary furniture in the living room of architect Jorge Elias’ 17,000-square-foot home in the Jardim Europa neighborhood of São Paulo. An 18th-century Russian chandelier hangs above vintage velvet sofas, Louis XV fauteuils and a gold-leafed Hand chair by Pedro Friedeberg. Artworks by Serge Poliakoff and Fernand Léger adorn the white paneled walls. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.
Albert Hadley anchored the living room of this Washington DC home with a red, gold and cream Aubusson rug. A black and gold screen and oval mirror create pleasing contrasts against the sunny yellow walls. There is a wonderful mix of square, round, oval and rectangular shapes in the furniture and accessories. House Beautiful, November 2003 via Pinterest design legends.
Albert Hadley masterfully mixes rounded and angular shapes in this dining room with a yellow and green Chinoiserie wall panel, round dining table, blue Klismos chairs, a round crystal chandelier all anchored by a gold Aubusson rug. Image from Pinterest Inspired Interiors