7 Top Designers Use Damask Rugs to Warm Up Contemporary Interiors

If you’re looking for a way to bring warmth and texture to a contemporary room design, a stylish damask rug can instantly do the job and also add sense of history and a rich texture. The patterns of these beautiful rugs go back to centuries old damask fabrics from Damascus, Byzantium, Italy, Spain and France. The best damask rugs are hand made in a cut and loop weave that will bring a sense of richness to any room they grace. The seven rooms by top interior designers show how they use damask rugs to add warmth and charm to contemporary rooms.

Add Sense of History and Sophistication to Mountain Retreat

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An antique Spanish rug in a centuries old damask pattern brings a sense of history to this sophisticated living room by Studio Sofield and Studio B Architects in Aspen, Colorado. The ancient pattern of the rug works with the rugged brick fireplace dominating one end of the room to create a warm, natural atmosphere. Rich stained wood-panel walls complement the outdoorsy vibe, and neutral, comfortable sofas and side chairs with stylish designs mix it up to create a cozy yet open conversation area. Photo: Scott Frances. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

Add Richness and Luxurious Texture to Cool, White Room

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This cool, white with black trim, living room by Victoria Hagan is saved from being overly stark by the plush and rich texture of the damask rug and soft, cream sofas. The tone on tone grey rug provides visual interest and a shimmering energy to this airy, modern space. Image courtesy Architectural Digest.

Bring Sophistication to Colorful Southern California Living Room

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This adorable, pink, apricot, cream and grey living room by Southern California interior designer Eric Guenther is full of young energy and playful attitude. A beige, grey and taupe textured Alcazar damask rug adds warm texture and a cozy charm. The black wood floor brings out the beauty of the pale beige and grey tones of the rug, sofa and upholstered chair. Guenther has confined the fashionable fabrics- the pink linen and multicolored velvet to just two upholstered chairs and kept the sofa and the other chair in neutral fabrics. This makes it easy to freshen up the look of the room by changing the fabrics on these two chairs and the pillows and changing the walls colors. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

Bring Nature and Zen Ambiance to Sophisticated Living Room

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The knockout green Como damask rug is the star in this room, providing a calm, lush, grassy area in the center of the space. The rug both complements and provides a visual contrast to the contemporary grey walls. A modern chair and ottoman upholstered in silk damask, weathered wood table, white antique door, copper disk complete the natural zen like vibe. Interior design and photo by Koch Studio. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

Bring Whimsical Charm to Colorful Living Room

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A damask rug in a scrolling damask pattern in grey and green provides a soothing yet funky contrast to the comfortable charcoal grey sofa with green accent pillows in this living room designed by Amanda Nisbet. The acid-green walls contrast with two round gold tables with a Moroccan vibe which resonate with the rug’s scrolling pattern. Image courtesy Amanda Nisbet.

Anchor Soaring, Open Space with Elegant Gold Damask Rugs

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Two luxurious Asmara Marbella Damask Savonnerie rugs anchor intimate seating areas in the lobby of the Washington DC Design Center designed by AD100 decorator Thomas Pheasant. The gorgeous cream and gold cut and loop textured damask rugs add warmth and sophistication to this large, high-ceilinged space with an understated richness which is a hallmark of Pheasant’s interiors. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.

Make Masculine Seating Area Feel Warm and Inviting

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AD 100 interior designer Thomas O’Brien chose a soft beige and cream floral damask rug to anchor an overstuffed cream armchair and ottoman to bring a feminine sensibility to balance an otherwise masculine space. The floral pattern of the beige and cream damask rug helps create a natural vibe in the room, which is dominated by an over sized dark-wood armoire and softened with cool, greyish-blue walls. Dark wood floors continue the outdoors vibe and contrast with the light, whimsical rug. O’Brien once said “I’m not about trends or what’s in season. I look back and bring things forward or I find what I think is unique or special. For me it’s really about beautiful and classical things.” Image courtesy Veranda Magazine.

Whether you’re looking to soften a stark room, add visual interest, or give a subtle, lush boost to a modern or contemporary look, a damask rug fits the bill. Try using lush, subtly patterned area rugs to give your space warmth and charm.

 

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