The February 2015 Architectural Digest’s 7 best rooms with decorative rugs show how to create stunnng interiors by mixing modern art, traditional and contemporary furniture and sculptural shapes and volumes and then pulling everything together into a harmonious composition with custom rugs in geometric and abstract patterns made from luxurious materials such as silk and handspun wool. Steven Gambrel excels at interpreting traditional geometric patterns in large silk custom rugs that almost cover the entire floor. In contrast Rafael de Cárdenas uses contemporary silk rugs to define seating areas or the area around the bed while showing expanses of beautiful wood floor. This shows that rules are meant to broken as long as you know why you are breaking them.
A blue and gold wool and silk geometric rug provides a luxurious background for colorful abstract art and a blue, yellow and beige patterned and solid fabrics in velvet and silky textures in the Steven Gambrel designed living room of a duplex Manhattan apartment in a famous 1912 McKim, Mead & White building with Renaissance palazzo architecture.
A custom Bargello patterned rug in gray, navy, blue and beige brings energy and pizazz to the Steven Gambrel designed dining room. The pattern and colors of the rug compliment neoclassical white and blue dining chairs, polished wood dining table, circular gold filigree chandelier, blue walls and a glossy white ceiling.
In the Steven Gambrel designed study the theme from the dining room’s Bargello patterned rug is carried through in the patterns of the fabrics used for pillows, upholstery and drapes. A brown and white silk geometric rug unifies the fabrics patterns, the contemporary painting and gold stools.
A beige and white striped contemporary rug with a nubby texture complements a curvy sectional sofa and concrete fireplace wall in the living room of contemporary seaside vacation home in Woods Hole, Massachusetts designed by Leroy Street Studio.
A grey and green contemporary rug with an abstract pattern compliments an antique Italian embossed leather screen in the bedroom of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s Manhattan apartment designed by Don Stewart.
Two grey silk contemporary rugs with an abstract design define two seating areas while showing of large expanses of beautiful wood floor in a Greenwich Village penthouse designed by Rafael de Cárdenas.
A cream and blue contemporary rug with an enlarged wood grain pattern compliments the furniture and abstract art and creates a feeling of soft luxury and warmth in this large master bedroom designed by Rafael de Cárdenas.