Aubusson Rugs Add Distinction to 4 Colorful Interiors

Aubusson rugs, long known as the rugs of French nobility, have a rich history that spans centuries.  Their sophisticated designs feature patterns inspired by classical architecture and large, sweeping floral motifs.  Aubusson rugs come in a variety of color palettes, making them an excellent choice for decorating in both traditional and modern styles.  While Aubusson rugs can bring elegance and formality to traditional spaces, they can also be used to design more audacious spaces.  Their glamorous look, as shown in these 4 interiors, brings distinction to opulent decorating.

Create Bright, Spring Themed Living Area with Aubusson Rug

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An Asmara Aubusson rug with architectural motifs brings distinction to this cheery Napa Valley living room. Image courtesy Lonny Magazine.

The wall panels with floral vines, floral sofa and pink upholstered chairs resonate with the colors of the beautiful Aubusson rug that has an architectural pattern that balances the floral motifs in the fabrics and wall panels. The Aubusson rug has a rich gold border with bouquets of soft peach, pink, and cream, with soft green leaves.  Building on this theme, the designer chooses comfortable pink chairs to create pops of color and add a young energy to the room.  A hot pink pillow on the sofa creates contrast with floral sofa fabric.  A dark gold chandelier, olive green pillows with a silky sheen and a French blue vase add texture to the space.

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This view of the living room shows how the mix of architectural and floral motifs in the Aubusson rug balance the floral drapery fabric. The border of the Aubusson rug resonates with the gilded frame of the painting. The rich wood floor provides a warm contrast to the cool colors of the rug. Image courtesy Lonny Magazine. 

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Pink upholstered seating in the window alcove provides a sunny place for reading or just relaxing in the natural light. Image courtesy Lonny Magazine.

Create Rich Traditional Drawing Room with Cream Floral Aubusson Rug

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 London based interior designer Alidad chose a cream Aubusson rug with repeating floral medallions to provide contrast to the rich gold silk wall covering in this traditional drawing room in London.  Image courtesy Alidad Design, Photo: Simon Upton.

This charming drawing room is anchored on a cream Aubusson rug with delicate gold, dark pink and yellow circular medallions.  To bring out the warm tones of the rug, the designer opts to use gold and honey tones throughout the space.  Tapestry chairs in a soft gold use a classic pastoral scene.  A small, round table in a warm honey stain has a small bouquet of dark purple flowers.  An antique gold clock on a stark white fireplace hearth gives the room a pop of contrast.  Yellow gold walls in a damask pattern give a punch of opulence.

Use black to accessorize a warm toned Aubusson rug

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The legendary Mario Buatta adds warmth, color and romance to this traditional living room with a brown, cream and red Aubusson rug. Image courtesy Mario Buatta.

The Aubusson rug used in this daring and stylish living room features orange, gold, and cream flourishes on a brown background.  To create dramatic contrast Buatta uses shiny black walls and a black lacquer Chinoiserie coffee table to create a sense of glamor and high fashion.  A cream sofa with rounded edges and coral throw pillows with flowers brings out the soft features of the Aubusson rug and adds light to the room.  A light blue upholstered chair with tiny polka dots adds a subtle pattern. Gilded French Empire table, a French Empire bench and armchair adds to the regal atmosphere.

Design Boldly Colored Living Room with Beige Aubusson Rug

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Interior designer Inson Wood chose a beige Aubusson rug to create contrast with the Chinese red walls. Cream sofas and black and white geometric floor add more contrast.  Image courtesy Inson Dubois Wood.

This bright, modern and fashion-forward living room has a beige and cream Aubusson rug with light mauve and light peach flourishes that are nearly imperceptible. The soft colors and subtle pattern of the rug provides a soothing contrast to the vivid red walls, the energetic abstract painting and the large scale black and white geometric floor.  The cream sofas with clean, modern lines pick up the cream tones in the Aubusson rug and help bring a light look to the room.  The walls in a shiny red lacquer and the hexagonal tiled floors give this room a hyper-modern attitude, which makes the contrast of the light, classic Aubusson rug more striking.

Aubusson rugs can add sophistication and glamour to both modern and traditional interiors. These rugs can enhance bold interiors just as easily as they can add to the feeling of luxury in a traditional space.  With the wide range of colors available, they can provide classic foundations for a variety of inspirations.  Aubusson rugs provide striking contrast to bright colored walls and glossy treatments, give color inspiration for opulent decorating, and anchor spaces with their timeless design and traditional approach.

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