Bessarabian rugs have a distinct look and a prestigious history. They add sophistication and glamour to modern interiors. Writer and poet Maya Angelou said, “If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” Bessarabian rugs are certainly far from the norm and designer’s such as Bunny Williams, David Easton, John Saladino and Albert Hadley have used their distinctive personality to add charm to some of the most widely admired rooms. We will look at several different ways decorators have used Bessarabian rugs and learn techniques you can use in your interior design.
Allow the Bessarabian Rug to Shine for a Clean Look
White walls, modern art and solid fabrics allow the Bessarabian rug to be the room’s source for color and pattern.
The clean, modern-traditional design in the living room features a charming Bessarabian rug with a slightly rustic design, but it’s the white walls and mantel, modern art. black elements and neutral furnishings that allow the rug to really stand out. Essentially, the Bessarabian rug supplies the main color and design in the room.
No matter whether you enjoy traditional, modern or country design, Bessarabian rugs will fit right in. If you desire a clean look—and the design styles above usually adhere to a clean, stream-lined look—then a few tips include allowing the Bessarabian rug to play center stage in the room in terms of color and design.
The Bessarabian rug chosen by designer John Saladino stands out among the neutral color scheme of the room. The trunk adds a nice ‘old world’ feel and the Saladino designed sofa has a romantic Roman look.
The living room by designer John Saladino also allows the Bessarabian rug to play center stage as the colors are neutrals. Elements such as the chest, the Roman vase, ceiling molding, neoclassical chair, Saladino designed sofa and the almost-orange colors create a romantic Roman vibe.
Mix Patterns with Bessarabian Rug for a “Collected, Undecorated” Look
The Bessarabian rug doesn’t match any other fabric pattern in designer Bunny Williams’ great room in her Connecticut home. This is a sophisticated “collected, not decorated” look.
One method for achieving the look is to follow a cue from designer Bunny Williams’ great room, which was featured as one of Elle Décor’s Finest Rooms in America. The red and beige floral design of the Bessarabian matches no other fabric in the room. There is no effort to match the design patterns of the fabrics on the sofa, pillows, throws or any other fabrics in the room to the rug.
The Bessarabian rug does not match the fabrics and yet their is a subtle interplay of colors and motifs. Pale yellow walls, white sofa and white ceiling give this Bunny William designed living room a clean, light filled look.
This living room by Bunny Williams has a Bessarabian rug with a large scale pattern in muted browns with small touches of red that subtly connect with the red Chinoiserie coffee table and the red leaf patterned fabric on the upholstered chair. But none of the fabrics really match the rug. Complementary warm colors like red and coral are used lightly in the rug and in the rest of the room, as is the motif of the leaf branch. The subtle interplay of small connections gives this room a serene, yet vibrant energy.
Bessarabian rugs can work beautifully with a variety of design styles. For a clean look, let the Bessarabian rug set the colors and designs of the room and use neutrals throughout. Or, for that “collected, not decorated look,” pair your Bessarabian rug with a variety of colors and patterns.
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