Aubusson rugs are considered masterpieces, and they are right at home in traditionally designed rooms. Like their Savonnerie rug predecessors, these beautiful floor coverings are the perfect complement to high-end traditional furniture like walnut Chippendale chairs, upholstered Queen Anne chairs, heavy silk or velvet drapery and Austrian crystal chandeliers.
While you find traditional design gorgeous, it may also feel a little heavy or overdone for your contemporary lifestyle. Highly sought-after interior designer David Kleinberg said it best when he noted that, “When you stay relentlessly in one period, the eye absorbs it all in a single glance. Going against period introduces an energy.”If you’re trying to figure out how to make traditional design feel a little less, well, traditional, you’d probably be interested in the “new traditional” design style.
New traditional is exactly what it sounds like; traditional design that’s been updated to reflect a more modern lifestyle and aesthetic. The basic hallmarks of traditional design may still be there, including things like dark woods, neutral tones and rich fabrics filled with patterns, but there’s been a turn towards elements that make the look less museum-like and more livable today. Just because you can find Aubusson rugs in museums doesn’t mean you have to live in one! Aubusson rugs would thrive in “new traditional” spaces.
New traditional design is much less fussy than traditional, and Aubusson rugs would be right at home in any room that featured this style. New traditional style seems fresher and brighter. There’s still a nod to history, but with a modern twist. Aubusson rugs will fit beautifully within these types of spaces because the rugs are timeless. Their woven, flat-weave textures make them ideal for sleeker spaces. Check out images of new traditional design, and then see how beautifully your Aubusson rugs can go with the look.
Aubusson Rugs Add Modern Chic to Traditional Interiors
AD100 interior designer Stephen Sills added sophistication to this modern traditional living room with a blue and cream Aubusson rug.
Crowned one of Architectural Digest’s “30 Deans of American Design,” Stephen Sills knows the deal when it comes to making traditional design livable for today’s modern families. Whether his clients are trying to incorporate priceless inherited antiques into their décor, or they’re fans of traditional design but they don’t want to set up shrines to it, he’ll help them create looks that celebrate eras old and new. In addition to designing for clients like Anna Wintour and Tina Turner, he’s also the creative director of the Apthorpe, a stunning Italian Renaissance residential building in NYC.
In the room above, you can see new traditional at work. The architectural elements in the room, including the mantel, high ceilings and moldings, show off the history of the space, while the curved modern line of the white sofa, Calder sculpture and Mark Rothko painting make it clear that this isn’t your grandmother’s living room. The glorious blue, cream and coral-colored Aubusson rug ties everything in the room together.
Aubusson Rugs Add Class to Classic Contemporary Comfort
A gold, coral, blue and cream geometric Aubusson rug adds calss to this peaceful, updated traditional bedroom designed by Michael S. Smith. Image courtesy Michael S. Smith. Photo: Henry Bourne.
Classic European design and a modern American aesthetic blend together to create the delicious mélange that is celebrated interior designer Michael S. Smith’s signature style. Steven Spielberg, Cindy Crawford and the Obama White House have benefitted from his aesthetic, which celebrates the mixture of eras, textures and colors.
A pale pink wing chair, grey suede headboard and soft, white linen give the room a relaxed modern vibe while the gold, blue, coral and cream Aubusson rug has a regal feel, and cements the pedigree of the space with the quiet regality of an English royal.
The Pamplona GD Savonnerie Orienal rug was inspired by classical Roman architecture. The coral, red, green, blue and lavender accents are on a yellow and gold background. The cut and loop texture of the Pamplona rug was inspired by a Savonnerie carpet in the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Garonne BK Aubusson Rug in black and beige has accents of brown, red and green and represents the finest example of the French Empire style. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Tosca Aubusson Rug has fresh summery colors of white and green on a pale yellow background. The medallion has a soft coloration. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Gravitas Aubusson Rug expresses classical architectural motifs in shades of taupe, grey, beige, brown and a touch of royal plum. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Giselle Aubusson rug has lively golds, sea-greens, aqua, white and antique rose accents.