The plot of the 1999 cult comedy classic film “The Big Lebowski” is largely focused around the loss of a prized carpet, one the protagonist claims “tied the room together.” You would not be taken as flippant if you heartily agreed. Indeed the right rug can be a room’s grace note, unifying all the other design aspects of a space, from furnishings to window dressings to decoration. So too, though, can a poorly selected rug ruin the aesthetic appeal of a an interior. The surest way to avoid dealing with the latter situation is to choose a decorative rug that is time-tested. When it comes to Aubusson rugs, perhaps “classic” would be a better way to put it, though.
The rich, deep golds and green of this Aubusson rug compliment the dramatic design elements of this lavish and colorful room. The gold baroque scrolls in the Aubusson rug are echoed in the drapery. The green background color of the rug is picked up by the greenery in the floral arrangements, in the garden outside and by the green chaise longue. The pink flowers and blue box in the background create pop.
An great rug is as close as on can come to laying a piece of artwork on the ground. Aubusson rugs feature elegant, dramatic designs that can accentuate the patterns and design elements already at work in a room, or they can offer style and flash to a room otherwise designed and decorated with simplicity. Like few other design elements, and perhaps like no other carpets, Aubusson rugs can either blend into the overall feel and “flavor” of a room or indeed they can command that feel from the ground up.
See how the Garonne BK Aubusson Rug is a work of art in and of itself? Laid out in an open foyer, it would be the focal point of the entire space. Placed in a well-appointed gallery or sitting room, it would blend seamlessly into the interior.
Great carpets are seldom overlooked by great designers, but to the untrained eye, occasionally the fact that a rug is hardly even noticed is arguably its greatest compliment. A carpet of any size is impossible to miss if it is poorly chosen. The carpet that is hardly noticed indeed must fit its space perfectly. There is no call for a deep, dramatic carpet in a sunlit solarium, for example, just as there is no place for a floral print carpet in a darker corner of the house, say a wine cellar.
Thus it is that with Aubusson rugs the designs and patterns of the rugs are as crucial — and as carefully wrought — as the colors.
The white and blue in the geometric patterned rug interplay with simplicity and grace to make the floor a casually pleasing place for the eye in this close-up view of a living room designed by Amanda Nisbet. Note how there is a resonance between the circular motifs in the rug and the green fabric on the upholstered chair. Nisbet has also created a beautiful contrast by juxtaposing the angular geometry of the brass pipe and glass coffee table. Image courtesy Amanda Nisbet.
The floor is the largest and most visible surface area of any room and a well chosen rug has the ability to unify the various elements in a room into a coherent and harmonious whole. When these important functions of a rug are overlooked, the room can feel disorganized and even cold.