The New York Times called Louise de Vilmorin’s Salon Bleu, “one of the high-water marks of 20th-century decoration.” The most copied aspect of this room is the large amounts of Brunschwig & Fils blue Verrieres fabric which designer Henri Samuel used on all the chairs, sofa and curtains. The Peak of Chic blog considers Verrieres “one of the design world’s great prints,” and Nadine, Baroness de Rothschild thought this fabric made “all the women look lovelier because it radiates a peaceful and serene atmosphere.”
Looking at Salon Bleu and other celebrity interiors with Verrieres, I noticed that in almost every case the wrong rug was used with this fabric. For example in the Salon Bleu, I would not have used the coral needlepoint rug because it feels too jarring. This room would look more modern and relaxing if it had a white and blue rug- colors that are the reverse of the Verrieres fabric. It would be even better if the blue rug had yellow and gold accents to warm up the large amounts of blue in the room. Today we will look at several famous rooms decorated with Verrieres fabrics in both blue and coral colorations and critique their choice of rugs.
Above: Brunschwig & Fils blue and white Verrieres fabric
Below: Blue Summer Savonnerie Oriental Rug: A white and blue rug with a pattern of flowering trees with yellows, gold and browns. The warm colors in this rug help to balance the cool blues in the Verrieres fabric. Blue Summer is also available as a needlepoint rug.
The Verrieres fabric became very popular in France as celebrities such as Helene Rochas and Nadine, Baroness de Rothschild copied Louise de Vilmorin’s Salon Bleu.
The bedroom of Nadine, Baroness de Rothschild in her cottage in Brittany has blue Verrieres fabric on the walls, bed and curtains. The blue and white carpet adds still more blue which makes the room feel cold. If instead they had used a blue rug with lots of cream and touches of yellow and gold, the room would felt airy, warmer and welcoming. Image littleaugury blog
Nevertheless, Baroness Rothschild was quite happy with her bedroom. She is quoted in the littleaugury blog “…I must admit that in buying this house I was thinking of the fabric. When I first saw it at Louise de Vilmorin’s, it seemed to go perfectly with her, and then I discovered that Helene Rochas had the same fabric too. That made me realize that it made all the women look lovelier because it radiates a peaceful and serene atmosphere.
Horst P. Horst must have agreed with Nadine, Baroness de Rothschild that Verrieres “made all the women look lovelier” when he chose to photograph Veruschka in front of the blue fabric. Image from 1965, courtesy littleaugury blog.
Now let us look at two interiors decorated with the coral/pink coloration of Verrieres.
Mathilde Agostinelli’s daughters bedroom as decorated by Jacques Grange with curtains in the pink/coral Verrieres that had hung in Agostinelli’s childhood bedroom. Grange use the same black and white geometric rug throughout this apartment as a homage to Madeleine Castaing. The rug feels jarring against the coral and pink beds and fabric. House and Garden, May 2006. Image courtesy littleaugury blog.
Countess Cawdor used large amount of coral/pink Verrieres in one of the guest rooms in Cawdor Castle, Scotland. The coral rug adds too much coral and makes this room feel dark and heavy. A rug in a reverse coloration of coral/pink Verrieres- gold background and coral top colors, would make have made this room feel lighter and more airy. Image courtesy littleaugury blog.